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Earl Ragnvald I 'The Wise" Eysteinsson Of More and Romsdal
(Abt 0858-0894)
Ragnhild Hrolfsdatter Countess Of More
(Abt 0860-)
Einar "Torfeiner" "Turf" Ragnvaldsson Earl of Orkney
(Abt 0877-0910)
Thorfinn I Rollo 'Hausakljuv' 'the Skullsplitter' Einarsson Earl of Orkney
(Abt 0890-After 0977)


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Grelod Duncansdatter

Thorfinn I Rollo 'Hausakljuv' 'the Skullsplitter' Einarsson Earl of Orkney

  • Born: Abt 890, Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Marriage: Grelod Duncansdatter about 918
  • Died: After 977, Iceland
  • Buried: Burial Mound, Hoxa, Ronaldsay, Scotland

  General Notes:

Old Norse: Þorfinnur hausakljúfur

From The Orkneyingers' Saga:

"... Olaf was the name of the king whom Edmund had set there to ward the land. But for that Eric had a great force, he landed and went up away from his ships. Olaf also gathered an overwhelming force and fared against king Eric, and there was a mighty battle. At the beginning of the day the Englishmen fell fast, but where one fell three came in his stead. But towards the close of the day the loss of men turned on the side of the Northmen, and the end of it was that king Eric fell and five kings with him. One of them was called Guthrum; there fell also the earls Arnkell and Erlend, the sons of Turf-Einar. But when queen Gunnhilda and her sons were ware that Eric had fallen and that he had before harried the land of the king of England, they thought they knew that there was no hope of peace for them in England; so they busked them in haste for the Orkneys. Thorfinn Skullsplitter was then earl there. Then the sons of Gunnhilda took the isles under them, and were there in the winters but fared a-warring in the summers. But while Gunnhilda and her sons were in the Orkneys, they heard that there was strife between the king of the Danes and king Hacon Athelstane's foster-child. Then they thought there was some hope that they might get help from Harold Gorm's son. Then they began their voyage to the Dane king. But before they fared out of the Orkneys they gave away Ragnhilda, the daughter of king Eric and Gunnhilda, to Arnfinn the son of earl Thorfinn, and then Thorfinn took up his seat (established his rule) in the isles."

Thorfinn married Grelod Duncansdatter, daughter of Earl Duncan of Caithness and Groa Thorsteinsdattir, about 918. (Grelod Duncansdatter was born about 898 in Caithness, Scotland.)

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