Aud the Deep-Minded

Aud the Deep-Minded

Aud the Deep-Minded (Old Norse: Auðr djúpúðga Ketilsdóttir; also known as Unn or Aud Ketilsdatter) (834-900 AD) was the second daughter of Ketil Flatnose and Yngvid Ketilsdóttir. She married Olaf the White King of Dublin. After Olaf's death, Aud's son Thorstein the Red embarked on a campaign of conquest in northern Scotland. When he was defeated and killed, the audacious Aud travelled the British Isles, marrying off her daughters to important landowners, until she finally settled near her brothers in Iceland, founding Hvammur í Skeggjadal (commonly translated as "Hvamm").

She figures in several Norse sagas, including "Njal's Saga", "Laxdaela saga", "Saga of Eric the Red", and "Grettis Saga".

Unlike most other Icelandic settlers Aud was a Christian and raised crosses on her land and prayed regularly on hills now called Krosshólaborg.

In popular culture

The original name of the "Buffy" character Anya Jenkins was Aud; writer Drew Goddard said that this name was inspired by her.


* "The Saga of Eric the Red"
* "Grettir's Saga"
* "Laxdaela Saga"


* Vicki León, "Outrageous Women of the Middle Ages" (1998, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-17004-6)

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