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Dygve Domarsson King in Uppsala
(Abt 0382-Abt 0440)
Dag "The Wise" Dygvesson King in Uppsala
(Abt 0403-Abt 0465)
Agne Dagsson King in Uppsala
(Abt 0424-Abt 0490)

 

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Skjalf Frostedottir

Agne Dagsson King in Uppsala

  • Born: Abt 424, Sweden
  • Marriage: Skjalf Frostedottir about 448
  • Died: Abt 490 about age 66

  General Notes:

King Agne Dagsson is Eric & Evan's 51st great-grandfather. He was King of Svitjord, Sweden.

Agne or Agni Skjafarbonde was king of Sweden, of the House of Yngling. Agne was hanged by his wife Skjalf. Snorri Sturluson relates that he was the son of Dag the Wise, and he was mighty and famous. He was also skilled in many ways. One summer, he went to Finland with his army where he pillaged. The Finns gathered a vast host under a chief named Frosti (the Jotun Frosti who was the father of Snaer the Old, and consequently Agne's great-great-great-great-grandfather).

A great battle ensued which Agne won and many Finns were killed together with Frosti. Agne then subdued all of Finland with his army, and captured not only great booty but also Frosti's daughter Skjalf and her kinsman Logi (in the older Ynglingatal only her kinsman, but in Heimskringla he was her brother, which seems to be a mistake by Snorri Sturluson).

Agne returned to Sweden and they arrived at Stocksund (near Stockholm) where they put up their tent on the side of the river where it is flat. Agne had a torc which had belonged to Agne's great-great-great-grandfather Visbur (who, interestingly, was the son of Skjalf's niece Drífa). Although, they were related, Agne married Skjalf who became pregnant with two sons, Erik and Alrek. Skjalf asked Agne to honour her dead father Frosti with a great feast, which he granted. He invited a great many guests, who gladly arrived to the now even more famous Swedish king. They had a drinking competition in which Agne became very drunk. Skjalf saw her opportunity and asked Agne to take care of Visbur's torc which was around his neck. Agne bound it fast around his neck before he went to sleep.

The king's tent was next to the woods and was under the branches of a tall tree for shade. When Agne was fast asleep, Skjalf took a rope which she attached to the torc. Then she had her men remove the tent, and she threw the rope over a bough. Then she told her men to pull the rope and they hanged Agne avenging Skjalf's father. Skjalf and her men ran to the ships and escaped to Finland, leaving her sons behind.

Agne was buried at the place and it is presently called Agnafit, which is east of the Tauren (the Old Norse name for Södertörn) and west of Stocksund, i.e. in what is still to this day called Agnehögen (Agne's mound) in Lillhersby.

How do ye like the high-souled maid, Who, with the grim Fate-goddess' aid, Avenged her sire? -- made Swithiod's king Through air in golden halter swing? How do ye like her, Agne's men? Think ye that any chief again Will court the fate your chief befell, To ride on wooden horse to hell?

Agne married Skjalf Frostedottir, daughter of Froste Av Finnland and Unknown, about 448. (Skjalf Frostedottir was born about 425 in Finland.)



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