List of Famous Vikings
The Most Powerful and Influential Vikings in History
Ragnar Lothbrok (c. 9th Century)
Danish and Swedish King. What separates the legend of Ragnar Lothbrok from other Viking myths and legends—and which leads some historians to insist that he was an actual historical figure—is that a handful of known historical figures claimed that Ragnar Lothbrok was their father. Known as the “Sons of Ragnar,” these Vikings included Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, all fierce Viking warriors who left their own mark on the world.
List of Famous Vikings:
Norse Explorers, Raiders, Merchants, Pirates, and Seafaring People from Scandinavia
- Ragnar Lothbrok (circa 9th century): According to legend, Ragnar Lothbrok was the most famous Viking of his age. And he remains one of the greatest heroes of Viking history. To learn more about Ragnar Lothbrok, check out Classic Influence Podcast CIP 023: Construct Your Own Heroic Life History: Ragnar Lothbrok, The Everlasting Legend of the Viking Leader
- Lagertha the Shieldmaiden (c. 9th century): Believed to be a Viking shield-maiden, a ruler in Norway, and the first wife of the famous Viking Ragnar Lodthrok.
- Björn Ironside (c. 9th century): Believed to be the first ruler of the Swedish Munso dynasty. Björn Ironside was one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
- Ivar the Boneless (c. 800-873): A legendary Viking leader who, also known as Ivar Ragnarsson, is believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok. Ivar the Boneless is known for his invasions of England and Ireland. Historians believe he was named Ivar the Boneless because he had brittle bone disease.
- Halfdan Ragnarsson (Died in 877): Believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
- Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye (circa mid-to-late 9th century): Viking warrior and Danish king, believed to be one of the six sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
- Ubba Ragnarsson (c. 9th century): Famous Viking warrior and one of the commanders of the Great Heathen Army.
- Rollo of Normandy (c.835/870-928/933): First ruler of Normandy, a region of Northern France. He was a great Viking warrior who famously secured a permanent foothold on Frankish soil.
- Harald Fairhair (c. 850-932): First King of Norway (872-930)
- Egil Skallagrímsson (c. 904-995): was a Viking Age war poet, sorcerer, berserker, and farmer
- Erik the Red(c. 950-1003) a Norse explorer who is believed to have founded the first settlement in Greenland, according the Icelandic sagas.
- Eric Bloodaxe (c. 954) 10th-century Norwegian ruler
- Olaf Tryggvason (c. 960s-1000): King of Norway (995-1000), great-grandson of Harald Fairhair
- Sweyn Forkbeard (963-1014): King of Denmark (986-1014), Sweyn Forkbeard was the father of Harald II of Denmark, Cnut the Great, and Queen Estrid Svendsdatter, a Danish princess, a Russian princess and a duchess of Normandy by marriage.
- Leif Erikson (c. 970-1020): Famous Norse explorer, believed to be the first European to discover North America, predating Columbus by nearly 500 years.
- Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Born c. 970) daughter of Erik the Red, Freydís is believed to have accompanied her brother Leif Erikson in the earliest European explorations of North America, becoming one of the first colonists in Vinland. Freydís Eiríksdóttir is mentioned in both of the Vinland sagas, the Saga of the Greenlanders and the Saga of Erik the Red. Freydís was a bold and strong-willed woman known for defying the odds.
- Thorkell the Tall (c. late 900s): Believed to be one of the first mentors of Cunt the Great.
- Gunnar Hámundarson (c. 10th century): Described as a god-like warrior who was invincible in battle, Gunnar Hámundarson features prominently in the thirteenth-century Icelandic saga known as Njáls Saga
- Cnut the Great (Died c. 1035): One of the great Vikings in history, Cnut was King of England (1016-1035), King of Denmark (1018-1035), and King of Norway (1028-1035), together these three kingdoms were known as the North Sea Empire.
- Harald Hardrada (1015-1066): King of Norway