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Ingjald the Wicked

Ingjald the Wicked

Chapter:
(p.95) 10 Ingjald the Wicked
Source:
Between History and Myth
Author(s):
Bruce Lincoln
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the story of Ingjald the Wicked, twenty-fourth king in the Yngling dynasty, whose oath serves as typological precedent for the one later used by Harald Fairhair when he was sworn in as king of Norway. It examines a text in Heimskringla—Ynglingasaga 36—and the methods and sources used in the text. Through the story of Ingjald, Ynglingasaga implies how national unification could be accomplished and what kind of king was capable of this project.

Keywords:   king, Ingjald the Wicked, Yngling dynasty, Harald Fairhair, Norway, Heimskringla, Ynglingasaga, national unification

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