Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye

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Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye

Sigurd, the bearer of the mark of the Fafnir prophecy.

Like most of Ragnar Lodbrok's sons, Sigurd "Snake Eye" was an exceptional person. His fascinating story speaks of prophecy, love, honor and revenge.

The famous Viking King Ragnar Lodbrok was a legendary and intrepid Sea King who became one of the most important Vikings in history. The story of his life is unusual, but the same can be said about his sons.
Ragnar had many children with different women and one of them was the beautiful queen Aslaug who was the daughter of the legendary Scandinavian hero Sigurd and famous warrior Brunhild.

The Scandinavian Sagas say that Aslaug's father, Sigurd Fafnirsbane, killed the fearsome dragon Fafnir with his magic sword.
It is a famous event that has been represented on several northern runes.
sigurd-fafnir

  • Aslaug's mother, Brunhild was a Valkyrie.

It is interesting to note that in Norse mythology, it has long been believed that shielded warriors were only fictional characters, but archaeologists have found evidence of female Viking warriors.
Mythical warrior women really existed.
The birth of Sigurd and the mark of the Fafnir prophecy

Brunhild and Sigurd's daughter

Aslaug was a very beautiful woman and she quickly caught Ragnar Lodbrok's attention he quickly proposed his hand. Aslaug agreed, but only under one condition, she had to complete her mission in Norway.
Ragnar was shocked to learn that she was the daughter of the great hero Sigurd and the famous Valkyrie Brunhild.
Ragnar Lodbrok considered himself a direct descendant of the god Odin.
Aslaug said she could prove that she was the daughter of the hero Sigurd who killed the dragon Fafnir. She told him that she would give him a child whose eye would have the image of a snake.
Sigurd "Snake Eye" and the daughter of King Aelle

In 865, King Aelle of Northumbria killed Ragnar in a snake pit. It is said that in the pit, Ragnar exclaimed:
"How the young pigs would scream if they knew what the old boar was suffering from!"

And soon his sons learned of it, for King Aelle was mad enough to send an embassy to inform them of this fact. When the brothers learned of their father's death,

  • Sigurd would have cut himself to the bone with a knife he was holding in his hand and his brother
  • Björn IronSide would have grabbed his spear so hard that his fingerprints would have been left in the wood.

Sigurd and his brothers swore to avenge his death in the Viking tradition. In 866, they crossed the North Sea with a large army. This great pagan army devastated everything in its path. King Aelle was captured and sentenced to die according to the Viking custom of the Blood Eagle, an extremely painful death. It consisted of cutting the ribs of the spine and pulling the lungs back through the cavities formed to take the shape of an eagle.

After his father's death, Sigurd "Snake Eye" inherited New Zealand, Scania, Halland, the Danish islands and Viken.

Around 877, he succeeded his brother Halfdan Ragnarsson as king of Denmark. Strange as it may seem, Sigurd "Snake Eye" later married Blaeja, the daughter of King Aelle of Northumbria, and they had four children. It is a little ironic that he married the girl whose father killed his own beloved father, but at that time there were ways to think more strategically.

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