Harald of Agder "Redlip" King in Norway
(Abt 0768-)

Åsa Haraldsdatter
(Abt 0790-Abt 0850)

 

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Spouses/Children:
King Gudrød 'Jagtkonge' 'the Hunter' "Mikilláti""the Magnificent" Halfdansson of Norway

Åsa Haraldsdatter

  • Born: Abt 790
  • Marriage: King Gudrød 'Jagtkonge' 'the Hunter' "Mikilláti""the Magnificent" Halfdansson of Norway
  • Died: Abt 850 about age 60
  • Buried: Abt 850, Oseberg, Vestfold, Norway

  General Notes:

Queen Åsa, who Gudrød the Magnificent, a Norwegian ruler, had abducted and forced to marry him. According to legend, she hated Gudrød and had him murdered as he lay in a drunken stupor. She assumed his throne until her death in about 850, when her subjects placed her body in a ship brought ashore from Oslo fjord.

The Oseberg Ship in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is believed to be the burial ship of the great Viking Queen Åsa. She is the 35th great-grandmother of Evan and Eric Obrock.
The Oseberg ship was clearly the burial place of an important personage. Archaeologists found two female skeletons, one of them possibly a maid servant who had been sacrificed as part of the funeral ritual. Personal possessions-beds, looms, and kitchen utensils-which might comfort or serve a queen in the afterlife, surrounded the remains. Should her ghost wish to travel, the burial ship had sailing gear, including a mast and a full set of 30 oars, as well as four sleighs and an ornately decorated cart.

Decorations on the wooden cart found in the ship suggest that the vehicle, some five meters long, belonged to a wealthy or royal Viking rather than a humble farmer. Carvings on the front depict a man fighting with snakes, possibly a scene from the life of Gunnar, a hero of Norse mythology.

Fully restored, the Oseberg burial ship stands in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. Made of oak planking held together with iron rivets, the ship is 21.5 meters long, with an elaborately covered prow and a stern soaring 5 meters above the deck.

Åsa married King Gudrød 'Jagtkonge' 'the Hunter' "Mikilláti""the Magnificent" Halfdansson of Norway, son of Halfdan II "The Mild" Eysteinnsson King In Vestfold and Hlif Dagsdatter. (King Gudrød 'Jagtkonge' 'the Hunter' "Mikilláti""the Magnificent" Halfdansson of Norway was born about 785 in Holtum, Vestfold, Norway and died in 821 in Norway.)



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