Halfdan Ragnarsson d. 877


Likeness Unknown


Father – Ragnar Lothbrok
Mother – Aslaug Sigurdsdottir
Spouse – Unmarried
Children – No Children



800 (around)
A son, Halfdan was born to the legendary Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok, and Aslaug Sigurdsdottir. The records are unclear as to whether Halfdan was also known as Hvitserk or whether Hvitserk was another son of Ragnar.
865 (during)
Halfdan’s father, Ragnar Lothbrok, was killed by King Aelle of Northumbria. Legend states that he was thrown into a pit of vipers. Legends state that when he heard the news Halfdan gripped a chess piece so tightly that his fingers began to bleed.
865 (during)
Halfdan was one of the leaders of the huge Viking force known by the Saxons as The Great Heathen Army. His brother Ivar the Boneless was the leader. His brothers Ubba and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye were also present. They landed in East Anglia and their purpose was to avenge the death of their father, Ragnar Lothbrok.
866 (during)
The Great Heathen army marched north and invaded Northumbria.
866 (1st November)
Halfdan and the Great Heathen Army took Jorvik (York) and used it as a base to make raids into Mercia.
867 (21st March)
Osberht and Aelle, rivals for the Northumbrian throne made an alliance and marched to expel the Vikings from York. They were badly defeated. Osberht was killed during the battle. Aelle was executed, allegedly by being subjected to the blood eagle as revenge for his killing Ragnar Lothbork.
867 (after 23rd March)
Halfdan’s brother, Ivar installed Egbert as puppet king of Northumbria.
868 (during)
The Great Heathen Army invaded Mercia and captured Nottingham. King Aethelred and his brother Alfred marched north, but by the time they arrived Burgred, King of Mercia had paid the Vikings off.
870 (during)
The Great Heathen Army attacked East Anglia. Legend states that the Vikings tied King Edmund to a tree and shot arrows into him until he died.
870 (during)
Halfdan took over as commander of the Great Heathan army when Ivar returned to Dublin.
871 (4th January)
Battle of Reading
The Vikings led by Halfdan, had fortified Reading with a dyke and palisade. The Saxons led by King Aethelred and his brother Alfred attempted to lay siege to Reading but were defeated.
871 (8th January)
Battle of Ashdown
This was another battle between the Vikings led by Halfdan and the forces of King Aethelred and his brother, Alfred. The Saxons won the battle and Bagsecg, leader of the Great Summer Army, was killed.
871 (after January)
Halfdan succeeded Bagsecg as King of Jutland and Wendland in Denmark.
871 (22nd January)
Battle of Basing
King Aethelred was defeated by the Vikings.
871 (22nd March)
Battle of Merton
This was another battle between the Vikings led by Halfdan and King Aethelred, supported by his brother Alfred. The battle was inconclusive and both sides withdrew. Aethelred had been badly injured in the battle.
871 (23rd April)
King Aethelred of Wessex died from injuries sustained in the Battle of Merton. His brother, Alfred became King.
871 (early Summer)
Battle of Wilton
The Vikings led by Halfdan defeated the Saxons led by King Alfred.
873 (during)
Sigfred and Halfdan, son of Ragnar Lothbork, worked together to take control of Denmark.
873 (around)
It is believed that Halfdan’s brother, Ivar the Boneless died in Dublin.
874 (during)
The Vikings led by Halfdan conquered Mercia. King Burghred was expelled. A puppet King, Ceolwulf was installed.
874 (during)
The Great Heathen Army split. Halfdan took his section north while Guthrum took the remainder south.
876 (during)
Halfdan returned to England and began to settle in Northumbria. He may have become King of Jorvik (York).
877 (during)
Halfdan went to Ireland to retake Dublin. He was defeated and killed in battle at Strangford Loch.


Published Feb 11, 2018 @ 4:54 pm – Updated –¬†Mar 13, 2018 @ 8:20 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Halfdan Ragnarsson d.877. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/halfdan-ragnarsson-d877/ Last Accessed June 22nd, 2018


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