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The famous but legendary Danish Viking Age king Ragnarr, who was nicknamed “loðbrók” (“Shaggy breeches”), was extremely popular in medieval Iceland. Some Icelanders claimed he was one of their own ancestors, others maintained that the kings of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark could trace their lineage back to him. All said that his son Ívarr was one of the most notable Vikings in England.
But were any of these stories true? This book investigates the legend of Ragnarr and his sons from historical as well as literary perspectives and uncovers the startling origin of his nickname, significant dates in the development of the legend, and the surprising role of clerical authors in spreading his story.