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Halvdan Frodasson, King of the Danes,

Also Known As: "Also known as 'Halvdan'", "'Healfdene'", "'Frodesen'", "'Frodasson'", "'Gamle'"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Denmark
Death: Died in Sweden
Immediate Family:

Son of Frodi "the Valiant / frøkne" Fridleifsson, king of Denmark; Hildis Hildericsdoittir and Unknown
Husband of Sigrid Aunsdotter, Queen of Denmark; Unknown; Auda Ivarsson of Lethra and Hvetna "the Elder"
Father of Roar / Roas / Ro / Hroar (Hrothgar) Halvdanssøn, King of Roeskilde; Helgi "Acutus" "Hvasse" Halfdansson, of Denmark; NN (wife of Ottar) Eysteinsdotter, of Sweden; King Algaute (Gautreksson); Elan Healfdenesdatter of Leire and 3 others
Half brother of Ingjaldur Frodasson; Fridleif Frodasson and Skat Frodeson

Occupation: Kung av Danmark, King of Denmark, Kung i Danmark, Konge i Lejre, regjerte på 400-tallet, King of Denmark - See http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps11/ps11_124.htm, Konge på 400tallet i Dannmark, Roi de Seeland (16e), KING OF DENMARK
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About Halvdan Frodasson, King of the Danes,

Halfdan (Old Norse) or Healfdene (Beowulf) or Haldan (Danish Latin sources) (late 5th century, early 6th century) was a legendary Danish king of the Scylding (Skjöldung) lineage, the son of king named Fróði in many accounts, noted mainly as the father to the two kings who succeeded him in the rule of Denmark, kings named Hroðgar and Halga in the Old English poem Beowulf and named Hróar and Helgi in Old Norse accounts.

According to the Chronicon Lethrense and Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum (Book 2), Halfdan had two brothers named Ro and Skat who also sought the throne. Both were killed by Halfdan. Saxo adds that his brothers' supporters were hanged and that Halfdan continued to reign with great cruelty, but that he reigned long and died peaceably in extreme old age.

The Ynglinga saga gives Halfdan (in this work also son of a king named Fróði) a brother named Fridleif and says both were great warriors but that Halfdan was the better of the two. This might have been a lead-in to a feud between the brothers if Snorri had been dealing with Danish matters rather than Swedish matters.

Snorri here only tells us that Halfdan attacked King Aun of Sweden and drove him into exile into Götaland. Halfdan then ruled Sweden for twenty years until he died in Uppsala of sickness and was buried in a mound.

Hálfdán fikk sønnene: 1. Hrærekur 'slöngvinbaugi' Hálfdánarson som giftet seg med Aud Ivarsdatter (633) og fikk sønnen Harald 'hildetonn' Hræreksson, f.655, d 735 samt en datter f. 657 2. Helgi 'hvassi' Hálfdánarson 3. Hróar Hálfdánarson 4. samt datteren Signe en kilde oppgir Halfdan som far til Hroar, og hopper over Helgi og Hroll Krakl??? Halfdan skal også ha fått en sønn med Yrsa Helgaóttir, nemlig Rolf Krake -------------------- "The Illustrious Lineage of the Royal House of Britain", House of Skiold -------------------- Halfdan Frodasson - was born about 0503 in Denmark. He is the son of Frodi Fridleifsson. Halfdan married Sigris about 0523 in Denmark. Sigris was born about 0507 in Denmark.

Children:

i. Helgi Halfdansson was born about 0528 in Denmark. See #38. below. ii. Hroar Halfdansson was born about 0526 in Roskilde, Denmark. -------------------- Halfdan Frodason of_Denmark (503-) [Pedigree]

Son of Frodi Fridleifsson (479-)

   b. c. 503, Denmark

Married Sigris

Children:

  1. Hroar Halfdansson (526-) m. Ogne (530-)
  2. Helgi Hafldansdottir (528-) m. Olaf "the Mighty" (540-) 

-------------------- (King of Roeskilde) -------------------- Name: Halfdan Frodasson OF DENMARK Given Name: Halfdan Frodasson Surname: of Denmark Sex: M 1 2 Birth: 503 in Denmark

Father: Frodi Fridleifsson OF DENMARK b: 479

Marriage 1 Sigris Children

Hroar HALFDANSSON b: 526
Helgi OF DENMARK

Sources: Abbrev: Stuart (1992) Title: Royalty for Commoners Author: Stuart, R. W. Publication: Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2nd. Ed. 1992 (firstEd. 1988). Page: pp. 175-176 (Line 240) Abbrev: Ashley (1998) Title: British Kings and Queens Author: Ashley, Mike Publication: New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1998. Page: p. 737 -------------------- Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes1,2,3 d. 580 Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes|d. 580|p294.htm#i10105|Frode IV Fridleifsson, King of the Danes||p111.htm#i13320||||Fridleif I. F., King of the Danes||p111.htm#i13321|||||||||| Father Frode IV Fridleifsson, King of the Danes4

    Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes was the son of Frode IV Fridleifsson, King of the Danes.4 Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes married Sigris (?). Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes was the successor of Ingild, King of the Danes; King of the Danes.5 Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes died in 447.6 King of the Danes at Denmark in 456/57.5 He was the predecessor of King of the Danes Frode V Skjölding; King of the Danes.5 Hálfdan II Frodasson, King of the Danes died in 580.2

Family 1 Child

   * King of the Danes Frode V Skjölding d. 4606

Family 2 Sigris (?) b. circa 506 Children

   * Hroar Halfdansson, King of Roeskilde+ 1
   * Helgi Halfdansson, King of the Danes+ b. c 5287

Citations

  1. [S204] Roderick W. Stuart, RfC, 240-49.
  2. [S278] DfAdam, online unknown url, The Line of Skjöld, King of Danes, 68.
  3. [S204] Roderick W. Stuart, RfC, 324-50.
  4. [S278] DfAdam, online unknown url, The Line of Skjöld, King of Danes, 67.
  5. [S261] Regnal Chronologies, online http://www.hostkingdom.net/regindex.html, Scandanavia, Denmark.
  6. [S277] Gene Gurney, Kingdoms of Europe, pg. 430, Denmark.
  7. [S449] Circa 1225 A.D. Snorri Sturluson, Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, The Ynglinga Saga.

-------------------- "The Illustrious Lineage of the Royal House of Britain", House of Skiold

References: [RFC] -------------------- Reference: http://familytrees.genopro.com/318186/jarleslekt/default.htm?page=toc_families.htm --------------------

  • Halfdan Frodasson

born Abt 0503 Denmark

father:

  • Frodi Fridleifsson

born Abt 0479 Denmark

mother:

  • wife of Frodi Fridleifsson

born Abt 0479 Denmark

married Abt 0500 Denmark

(end of information)

siblings:

  • Ingjald Frodasson born Abt 0501 Denmark

Frodi Frodasson born Abt 0505 Denmark

spouse:

  • Sigris wife of Halfdan Frodasson

born Abt 0507 Denmark

married Abt 0523 Denmark

(end of information)

children:

  • Hroar Halfdansson born Abt 0526 Roskilde, Denmark

Helgi Halfdansson born Abt 0528 Of Roskilde, Denmark

Signe Halfdansdatter born Abt 0524 Roskilde, Denmark -------------------- From http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps11/ps11_124.htm

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"The Illustrious Lineage of the Royal House of Britain", House of Skiold -------------------- Halfdan (Old Norse: Halfdan, Old English: Healfdene, Medieval Latin: Haldānus, Proto-Norse: *Halbadaniz, "half Dane") was a late 5th and early 6th century legendary Danish king of the Scylding (Skjöldung) lineage, the son of king named Fróði in many accounts, noted mainly as the father to the two kings who succeeded him in the rule of Denmark, kings named Hroðgar and Halga in the Old English poem Beowulf and named Hróar and Helgi in Old Norse accounts.

His name would in his own language, Proto-Norse, have been *Halbadaniz (Danish on only one side of the family).

Contents [hide]

1 Various Accounts

2 The Children of Halfdan

3 Traditions of Harold, Fróði and Halfdan possibly related or confused with the above

4 See also

5 References


[edit] Various Accounts

According to the Chronicon Lethrense and Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum (Book 2), Halfdan had two brothers named Ro and Skat who also sought the throne. Both were killed by Halfdan. Saxo adds that his brothers' supporters were hanged and that Halfdan continued to reign with great cruelty, but that he reigned long and died peaceably in extreme old age.

The Ynglinga saga gives Halfdan (in this work also son of a king named Fróði) a brother named Fridleif and says both were great warriors but that Halfdan was the better of the two. This might have been a lead-in to a feud between the brothers if Snorri had been dealing with Danish matters rather than Swedish matters.

Snorri here only tells us that Halfdan attacked King Aun of Sweden and drove him into exile into Götaland. Halfdan then ruled Sweden for twenty years until he died in Uppsala of sickness and was buried in a mound.

According to Ynglinga saga, a Danish king named Fróði the Bold aided Aun's successor Egil against the rebelling thrall Tunni. This may be Froda the Heathobard of Beowulf who becomes Fróði the slayer of Halfdan in other Norse traditions which do not make his end peaceful.

In the Saga of Hrolf Kraki, this Fróði is Halfdan's younger brother but in the Latin epitome to the Skjöldunga saga the younger brother, here a half-brother, is named Ingjalldus and this Ingjalldus is later father of a son named Frothi. Since in Beowulf Froda is father of a son named Ingeld, it is usually considered that the names have accidentally been interchanged in the tradition behind the Skjöldunga saga. In the Saga of Hrolf Kraki, Fróði brother of Halfdan is ruler of a separate kingdom. Halfdan was calm and good-natured but Fróði was cruel and vicious. Fróði attacked Halfdan's hall by night and burned it. Halfdan was killed in the battle and Fróði took over his country and his widow.

But eventually Halfdan's sons in turn killed Fróði to avenge their father's death. Thus the tradition in Beowulf of a feud between the Danes and Heathobards in which Fróda king of the Heathobards was slain appears in Norse texts as a family feud in which Halfdan's brother Fróði kills Halfdan and Halfdan's sons kill Fróði.

[edit] The Children of Halfdan

The poem Beowulf reads (lines 59–63):

59 Ðæm feower bearn forðgerimed

60 in worold wocun weoroda ræswa

61 heorogar. 7 hroðgar 7 halga til

62 hyrde ic þ elan cwen

63 heaðo-Scilfingas healsgebedda

This appears in Gummere's translation as:

59 Then, one after one, there woke to him,

60 to the chieftain of clansmen, children four:

61 Heorogar, then Hrothgar, then Halga brave;

62 and I heard that – ela's queen,

63 the Heathoscylfing’s helpmate dear.

There is obviously something wrong with line 62. A name of a daughter has dropped out, a daughter who was the wife of someone whose name ends in -ela and who was a Heatho-Scylfing, a battle-Scylfing. It is likely enough that at some time in copying the poem a scribe was unable to make out the exact spelling of these names and so left the text blank at that point to be fixed up later. It was never fixed up and so the names were lost in later copies.

Surviving Scandinavian texts know nothing about Heorogar though they speak much of the other two sons. Two sources also mention Halfdan's daughter. According to the Latin eptiome of the Skjöldung saga, the sons of Halfdanus are called Roas and Helgo and their sister Sigyna is married to a certain Sevillus. In Hrólf Kraki's Saga, Halfdan's eldest child is his daughter Signy who is married to a certain Jarl Sævil. Then Hróar and Helgi are born.

Friderich Kluge (1896) accordingly suggested that the line be restored as hyrde ic þ Sigeneow wæs Sæwelan cwen, rendering the Norse names in Old English forms. But Kluge has been seldom followed by editors or translators, in part because Sævil in Hrólf Kraki's Saga is in no way connected with Sweden so far as is told. Since the only certain Swedish (Scylfing) royal name ending in -ela that has come down to us is Onela, more often -ela is expanded instead to Onela. By Old English poetic rules of alliteration the name of the daughter must also begin with a vowel. The choice is usually the name Yrs or Yrse, since Scandinavian tradition speaks much of Yrsa the granddaughter of Halfdan and wife of King Adils of Sweden. This assumes great shifting of names and roles, since Adils is the Eadgils of Beowulf, the enemy of Onela. Onela appears in Norse texts as Áli. Accordingly many editors and translators prefer to simply note that the line is corrupt. But modern commentary sometimes refers to the marriage of Onela and Yrsa without indicating that this exists only through somewhat dubious conjectural emendation.

If the tradition of Halfdan/Healfdene being slain by Fróði/Froda is an old one, it might be that the Beowulf poet knew that tale and that Heorogar (Healfdene's eldest son in Beowulf) was imagined Heorogar to have died with Halfdan. Unfortunately the Beowulf poet skims over all such matters.

[edit] Traditions of Harold, Fróði and Halfdan possibly related or confused with the above

A similar story is told in the Gesta Danorum (Book 7) of two brother kings named Harold and Fróði in which the envious Fróði has his brother Harold killed by treachery. Harold leaves two sons behind named Harald and Halfdan, and the story of their vengeance on their uncle Fróði for killing their father Harald is almost identical to that found in Norse texts about Hróar and Helgi's vengeance on their uncle Fróði for killing their father Halfdan.

The Chronicon Lethrense indeed says that some call Halfdan's son Ro (that is Róar/Hrothgar) Halfdan instead.

As to this second Halfdan, Saxo has much to say about him, including his slaying of Siward king of Sweden and his battles against Erik son of his uncle Fróði by Signe, this Erik now the rightful king of Sweden. After many battles Halfdan gained the upper hand, Erik was bound with chains and left in a wild place for beasts to consume, and Halfdan became king of both Denmark and Sweden. Saxo relates further warlike exploits. Finally, this Halfdan died childless and left his kingdom to his friend King Ungvin of Götaland (see Geatish kings).

It is likely that more than one Halfdan has been confused with one another and with other kings, not to speak of simple invention by story tellers.

-------------------- Halfdan (Old Norse: Halfdan, Old English: Healfdene, Medieval Latin: Haldānus, Proto-Norse: *Halbadaniz, "half Dane") was a late 5th and early 6th century legendary Danish king of the Scylding (Skjöldung) lineage, the son of king named Fróði in many accounts, noted mainly as the father to the two kings who succeeded him in the rule of Denmark, kings named Hroðgar and Halga in the Old English poem Beowulf and named Hróar and Helgi in Old Norse accounts.

His name would in his own language, Proto-Norse, have been *Halbadaniz (Danish on only one side of the family).

Contents 1 Various Accounts 2 The Children of Halfdan 3 Traditions of Harold, Fróði and Halfdan possibly related or confused with the above 4 See also 5 References


[edit] Various AccountsAccording to the Chronicon Lethrense and Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum (Book 2), Halfdan had two brothers named Ro and Skat who also sought the throne. Both were killed by Halfdan. Saxo adds that his brothers' supporters were hanged and that Halfdan continued to reign with great cruelty, but that he reigned long and died peaceably in extreme old age.

The Ynglinga saga gives Halfdan (in this work also son of a king named Fróði) a brother named Fridleif and says both were great warriors but that Halfdan was the better of the two. This might have been a lead-in to a feud between the brothers if Snorri had been dealing with Danish matters rather than Swedish matters.

Snorri here only tells us that Halfdan attacked King Aun of Sweden and drove him into exile into Götaland. Halfdan then ruled Sweden for twenty years until he died in Uppsala of sickness and was buried in a mound.

Preceded by Aun Mythological king of Sweden Succeeded by Aun Preceded by Fróði Legendary Danish kings Succeeded by Helgi or Heorogar

According to Ynglinga saga, a Danish king named Fróði the Bold aided Aun's successor Egil against the rebelling thrall Tunni. This may be Froda the Heathobard of Beowulf who becomes Fróði the slayer of Halfdan in other Norse traditions which do not make his end peaceful.

In the Saga of Hrolf Kraki, this Fróði is Halfdan's younger brother but in the Latin epitome to the Skjöldunga saga the younger brother, here a half-brother, is named Ingjalldus and this Ingjalldus is later father of a son named Frothi. Since in Beowulf Froda is father of a son named Ingeld, it is usually considered that the names have accidentally been interchanged in the tradition behind the Skjöldunga saga. In the Saga of Hrolf Kraki, Fróði brother of Halfdan is ruler of a separate kingdom. Halfdan was calm and good-natured but Fróði was cruel and vicious. Fróði attacked Halfdan's hall by night and burned it. Halfdan was killed in the battle and Fróði took over his country and his widow.

But eventually Halfdan's sons in turn killed Fróði to avenge their father's death. Thus the tradition in Beowulf of a feud between the Danes and Heathobards in which Fróda king of the Heathobards was slain appears in Norse texts as a family feud in which Halfdan's brother Fróði kills Halfdan and Halfdan's sons kill Fróði.

[edit] The Children of HalfdanThe poem Beowulf reads (lines 59–63):

59 Ðæm feower bearn forðgerimed 60 in worold wocun weoroda ræswa 61 heorogar. 7 hroðgar 7 halga til 62 hyrde ic þ elan cwen 63 heaðo-Scilfingas healsgebedda

This appears in Gummere's translation as:

59 Then, one after one, there woke to him, 60 to the chieftain of clansmen, children four: 61 Heorogar, then Hrothgar, then Halga brave; 62 and I heard that – ela's queen, 63 the Heathoscylfing’s helpmate dear.

There is obviously something wrong with line 62. A name of a daughter has dropped out, a daughter who was the wife of someone whose name ends in -ela and who was a Heatho-Scylfing, a battle-Scylfing. It is likely enough that at some time in copying the poem a scribe was unable to make out the exact spelling of these names and so left the text blank at that point to be fixed up later. It was never fixed up and so the names were lost in later copies.

Surviving Scandinavian texts know nothing about Heorogar though they speak much of the other two sons. Two sources also mention Halfdan's daughter. According to the Latin eptiome of the Skjöldung saga, the sons of Halfdanus are called Roas and Helgo and their sister Sigyna is married to a certain Sevillus. In Hrólf Kraki's Saga, Halfdan's eldest child is his daughter Signy who is married to a certain Jarl Sævil. Then Hróar and Helgi are born.

Friderich Kluge (1896) accordingly suggested that the line be restored as hyrde ic þ Sigeneow wæs Sæwelan cwen, rendering the Norse names in Old English forms. But Kluge has been seldom followed by editors or translators, in part because Sævil in Hrólf Kraki's Saga is in no way connected with Sweden so far as is told. Since the only certain Swedish (Scylfing) royal name ending in -ela that has come down to us is Onela, more often -ela is expanded instead to Onela. By Old English poetic rules of alliteration the name of the daughter must also begin with a vowel. The choice is usually the name Yrs or Yrse, since Scandinavian tradition speaks much of Yrsa the granddaughter of Halfdan and wife of King Adils of Sweden. This assumes great shifting of names and roles, since Adils is the Eadgils of Beowulf, the enemy of Onela. Onela appears in Norse texts as Áli. Accordingly many editors and translators prefer to simply note that the line is corrupt. But modern commentary sometimes refers to the marriage of Onela and Yrsa without indicating that this exists only through somewhat dubious conjectural emendation.

If the tradition of Halfdan/Healfdene being slain by Fróði/Froda is an old one, it might be that the Beowulf poet knew that tale and that Heorogar (Healfdene's eldest son in Beowulf) was imagined Heorogar to have died with Halfdan. Unfortunately the Beowulf poet skims over all such matters.

[edit] Traditions of Harold, Fróði and Halfdan possibly related or confused with the aboveA similar story is told in the Gesta Danorum (Book 7) of two brother kings named Harold and Fróði in which the envious Fróði has his brother Harold killed by treachery. Harold leaves two sons behind named Harald and Halfdan, and the story of their vengeance on their uncle Fróði for killing their father Harald is almost identical to that found in Norse texts about Hróar and Helgi's vengeance on their uncle Fróði for killing their father Halfdan.

The Chronicon Lethrense indeed says that some call Halfdan's son Ro (that is Róar/Hrothgar) Halfdan instead.

As to this second Halfdan, Saxo has much to say about him, including his slaying of Siward king of Sweden and his battles against Erik son of his uncle Fróði by Signe, this Erik now the rightful king of Sweden. After many battles Halfdan gained the upper hand, Erik was bound with chains and left in a wild place for beasts to consume, and Halfdan became king of both Denmark and Sweden. Saxo relates further warlike exploits. Finally, this Halfdan died childless and left his kingdom to his friend King Ungvin of Götaland (see Geatish kings).

It is likely that more than one Halfdan has been confused with one another and with other kings, not to speak of simple invention by story tellers.

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Halvdan Frodasson, King of the Danes,'s Timeline

503
503
Denmark
523
523
Age 20
Denmark
526
526
Age 23
Denmark
528
528
Age 25
Roskilde, Denmark
530
530
Age 27
Roskilde, Sjælland, Danmark
555
555
Age 52
Sweden
580
580
Age 77
Sweden
1954
January 12, 1954
Age 77
January 12, 1954
Age 77
January 12, 1954
Age 77