Beorn I

Beorn I

Original Name Björn
Birth
Death unknown
Burial Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Plot Björn järnsidas hög (Tumulus of Beorn Ironside)
Memorial ID 15927149 · View Source
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Swedish king. He was of a family of no certain name, though probably a branch of the Yngling Dynasty, and at least ruled Swealand, that is to say the central Swea Region that subsequently developed into modern Sweden by about 980. He lived approximately 760 to 805 and as king had at least two successor namesakes, though none of them used a numeral. An epithet of Ironside (Järnsida) was fabricated centuries later when he was assumed to have been one of the many sons of a legendary Viking chieftain, Rayner Lothbroc (Ragnar Lodbrok), whose death in the snake pit of a King Ella of England is historically questionable. Beorn started a new royal family, or headed a new branch of the ancient Upsala royals (ref. Professor Birger Nerman), as evidenced by his name which broke a long-running tradition of alliterations all spelled with vowels first. The tumulus over his grave proves his very existence, as it has always been known through the centuries to locals as Beorn Hill (Biörne-Backen) or Beorn's Mound (Björnshögen). Certainly, in this case, the name of the grave does not allude to any bear (björn) noted in the Swea woodlands there. The tumulus shows us that the nearby Mälar Lake island of Birchey (Björkö) was beginning to be established as a major center of power at the time, through the dynastic change with this ruler.

Bio by: Count Demitz


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  • Originally Created by: Count Demitz
  • Added: 29 Sep 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15927149
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Beorn I (unknown–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15927149, citing Husby Munsö, Ekerö, Ekerö kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find A Grave .