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Þóra Herrauðrsdatter

Norwegian: Þóra Sigurdsson
Also Known As: "Thora Hart-of-the-Town", "Thóra Herraudsdatter", "Þóra "borgarhjörtr" Herraudsdatter", "Thora Town-Hart", "Thora Townhart"
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Birthplace: Gotland, Sweden
Death: Died in Denmark
Cause of death: The sagas record that she died while her sons were still very young.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Herrauðr Earl of Gothland
Wife of Ragnar "Lodbrok" Sigurdsson
Mother of Eric Ragnarsson; Agnar Ragnarsson and Åløf Ragnarsdóttir

Occupation: Princess of Sweden, Queen Consort of Denmark
Managed by: Harold Allen Buell, Jr.
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About Þóra/Thora "borgarhjörtr" Herraudsdatter

A mythical queen of Denmark, potentially based on a historical person, Thora is described in the sagas and other earl medieval sources as "the most beautiful of all women in appearance" earning her the nickname Borgarhjört (Hart-of-the-village), since she stood out from all women in beauty as the hart does from all other animals.

Thora was the daughter of, Herrauðr, the earl of Götaland, who promised her in marriage to any man that could slay the serpent which lay curled around her bower. The ploy used by the viking Ragnar Sigurdsson to kill the serpent, earned him his famous nickname, Ragnar Loðbrók.

After marrying Ragnar Thora had at least two sons with him, Eric and Agnar dying shortly after.

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Notes

  • Date of birth based on husband's birth as discussed here.
  • Location of birth based on her father being earl of Götaland.
  • Date of death based on saga tradition that she died while her sons were young.
  • Location of death based on Ragnar being most commonly referred to as king of Denmark.

-------------------- http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tora_Borgarhjort

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