Mythical kings of Sweden

Mythical kings of Sweden

In sources such as Heimskringla and Ynglinga saga there appear early Swedish kings who belong in the domain of mythology. From about the 6th century, these kings are gradually succeeded by Swedish semi-legendary kings with at least partial claim to historicity.

While there is no historiographical tradition that would confirm the historicity of Swedish kings prior to the 6th century, it is safe to assume that the Suiones, as a tribe mentioned by Tacitus in the 1st century AD, did have kings (Common Germanic *kuningaz) during the prehistoric period.

A historical basis of some of the mythological kings was one of the last of Thor Heyerdahl's archeo-anthropological theories, as in The search for Odin. Such suggestions are generally considered speculative, not scientific.


The line of Swedish kings is continued in Semi-legendary kings of Sweden.

See also

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Legendary kings of Sweden — See:*Mythical kings of Sweden *Semi legendary kings of Sweden …   Wikipedia

  • Semi-legendary kings of Sweden — The semi legendary kings of Sweden are the long line of Swedish kings who preceded Eric the Victorious, according to sources such as the Norse Sagas, Beowulf, Rimbert, Adam of Bremen and Saxo Grammaticus, but who are of disputed historicity… …   Wikipedia

  • Sweden — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Sweden (disambiguation). Kingdom of Sweden Konungariket Sverige …   Wikipedia

  • Monarchy of Sweden — This article is about the history and function of the Swedish monarchy as an institution. For the kingdom of Sweden itself, see Sweden. King of Sweden Monarchy …   Wikipedia

  • Eric of Sweden — may refer to:Mythical kings of Sweden: * Alrek and Eirík * Eric Weatherhat, also identified as Erik Anundsson (see below)Semi legendary kings of Sweden: * Erik Björnsson * Erik Refilsson * Erik AnundssonHistorical: * Eric the Victorious * Eric… …   Wikipedia

  • Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden — For other Swedish royalty named Carl, see Carl of Sweden (disambiguation). Carl XVI Gustaf King Carl XVI Gustaf at the National Day Celebration, Stockholm, Sweden 6 June 2009 …   Wikipedia

  • List of Swedish monarchs — Queen of Sweden redirects here. For queens consort of Sweden, see List of Swedish consorts. For the current queen consort, see Queen Silvia of Sweden. Kingdom of Sweden This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Sweden …   Wikipedia

  • Swedes (Germanic tribe) — in the 12th.Legend|#92b78b|Gotlanders ] The Swedes ( sv. svear; Old Norse: svíar ; Old English: Sweonas ; la. Suiones, Suehans or Sueones ) were an ancient North Germanic tribe in Scandinavia. As the dominions of their kings grew, their land… …   Wikipedia

  • Yngling — *The Scylfings (Old Norse: Skilfingar ), the semi legendary royal Swedish clan during the Age of Migrations, with kings such as Eadgils, Onela and Ohthere. When Beowulf and Ynglingatal were composed sometime in the 8th 10th centuries, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Eric (disambiguation) — The common proper name Eric (or also Éric , Erik , Erick , Eirik , Eirík , Eiríkr , Erich etc.) may refer to:In royaltyDanish royalty* Erik I of Denmark, King of Denmark following his brother Olaf I in 1095 * Erik II of Denmark, king of Denmark… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.