Harald «Blåtand» Gormsøn, Konge af Danmark
|Also Known As:||"King Herald I of Denmark"|
|Birthplace:||Jelling, Vejle Municipality, Region Syddanmark, Denmark|
|Death:||Died in Jomsborg, Danmark|
|Place of Burial:||Roskilde, Sjælland, Danmark|
Son of Gorm "den Gamle", dansk konge and Thyra "Danebod", Dronning af Vest Danmark
|Occupation:||Dansk konge ca. 938 - 986, , Kung i Danmark och Norge, kung av Danmark ca 940 – ca 986, Kung av Danmark, Kung av Danmark 985-992 samt 993-1014, Kung av England 1013-1014, King of Denmark, Konge af Danmark, Danakung, Kung i Danmark, KING of DENMARK, King|
|Managed by:||Anette Guldager Boye|
About Harald "Blåtand" Gormsson
The wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances known as "Bluetooth" is named after Harald. Harald united the various Danish tribes into one kingdom in the same way the Bluetooth system can connect any type varied types of technology. The Bluetooth logo is a bind rune merging the runes of Harald's initials. [from Wikipedia].
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-------------------- 938-985 talet, han blev kristen år 960. -------------------- Biography
HE WAS THE FIRST NORWEGIAN KING TO ACCEPT CHRISTIANITY. Many details of his life and parentage are disputed. His son Knut and grandsons Harold Harefood and Harthacnut ruled England for 26 years, followed by the House of Essex.
The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy's Medieval Lands Index says the following about Harald's family: MedLands Project ~ Denmark.
FATHER: HARALD Gormsen, son of GORM "den Gamle/the Old" King of Denmark & his wife Tyre "Danebod" ([925/35]-Jomsborg 1 Dec [986/87], buried Roskilde Cathedral). He succeeded his father before 950 as HARALD I "Blåtand/Bluetooth" King of Denmark.
ONE VERSION OF DESCENDANTS: 1. By Gunhilda of Poland: Harald II of Denmark; 2. By Sigrid: Cnut, Gytha, Gunnhild, Santslaue, Thyra, Estrid, unknown daughter
m firstly ([before 960]) GUNHILD, daughter of ---. m secondly TOVE, daughter of [MSTIVOJ] & his wife --- (-). [m [thirdly] ([984/85]) GYRITHA of Sweden, sister of STYRBJÖRN "den Starke/the Strong" King of Sweden, daughter of ---. King Harald I had six children, maybe all by his first wife although this is not certain:
1. HAKON Haraldsen (-before 987). 2. SVEND Haraldsen (-Gainsborough 3 Feb 1014, bur in England, later removed to Roskilde Cathedral). He succeeded his father in  as SVEND I "Tveskæg/Forkbeard" King of Denmark. 3. TYRE Haraldsdatter (-18 Sep ). m firstly STYRBJÖRN [Björn] “den Starke/the Strong" of Sweden, from Jomsburg, son of OLOF Björnsson King of Sweden & his wife --- (-killed in battle Fyrisvall, near Uppsala 985). m secondly (divorced) as his [---] wife, BURISLAW Prince of the Wends, son of ---. m thirdly (Tønsberg 998) as his third wife, OLAV I Trygveson King of Norway, son of TRYGVE Olavvsson King in Romerike & his wife Åstrid Eiriksdatter (-in a sea battle in the Øresund, off Svold near Rügen 9 Sep ). 4. GUNHILD Haraldsdatter (-murdered in England 13 Nov 1002). The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. She was killed while a hostage in England, one of the victims of the massacre of Danes ordered by King Æthelred II. m PALLIG [Palle] Ealdorman in Devonshire (-murdered in England 13 Nov 1002). 5. MO Haraldsdatter (-). The primary source which confirms her parentage has not yet been identified. 6. THORGNY Haraldsdatter . The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. m THRUGOT ---. Thrugot & his wife had one child: a) THORGUNNA Thrugotsdatter. SUCCESSOR TO GORM THE OLD, KING OF DENMARK, RULED 940 TO 986 King of England 1013-1014. King of Denmark 986-987 and 1000-1014.
Harold Bluetooth, d. c.985, king of Denmark. Succeeding (935) his father, Gorm the Old, who had united Denmark, Harold consolidated the kingdom. He tried to assert suzerainty over Norway but was defeated by the Germans. He was forced to accept Christianity, which he introduced into Denmark. While fighting the forces of his son Sweyn, he was defeated and killed. Read more: Harold Bluetooth | Infoplease.com The Nickname
The first documented appearance of Harald's nickname "Bluetooth" is in the Chronicon Roskildense from 1140. The usual explanation is that Harold must have had a conspicuous bad tooth that was "blue" (i.e. black, as "blue" meant dark).
Another explanation is that he was called Thegn in England (corrupted to "tan" when the name came back into Old Norse); in England, Thane meant chief. Since blue meant "dark", his nickname was really "dark chieftain".
A third theory, according to curator at the Royal Jelling Hans Ole Mathiesen, was that Harald went about clothed in blue. Blue colored cloth was in fact the most expensive, so by walking in blue Harald underlined his royal dignity.
King Harald Bluetooth ? - ca. 987 King 958 - ca. 987
Harald Bluetooth was son of Gorm the Old and Queen Thyra. The year when Harald is born
is unknown, but it is assumed that he died in the fall of 980 in Jomsborg, because of an arrow, which was shot by a supporter (Palnatoke) of his rebellious son, Svend. King Harald was probably buried in Treenighedskirken in Roskilde, which he had himself started build. The German historian Adam of Bremen mentions that Harald Bluetooth was married to Queen Gunhild.
A runic stone, which is situated by Sønder Vissing Church south of Silkeborg describes a woman who calls herself Tove, as "Mistivoj
s daughter, Harald The Good, the son of Gorms wife", so Harald must have been married twice.
The larger Jellingstone is the largest and the most magnificent runic stone in Scandinavia, also called " Denmark
s Birth Certificate". It is equipped with Christian symbols, among others a Christ figure and runic letters. Erected about 965 for Gorm The Old and Thyra Danebod by the son Harald Bluetooth.
HARALD I “Blåtand/Bluetooth” King of Denmark; son of GORM "den Gamle/the Old" King of Denmark & his wife Tyre "Danebod" ([925/35]-Jomsborg 1 Dec [986/87], bur Roskilde Cathedral).
HARALD Gormsen ([925/35]-Jomsborg 1 Dec [986/87], bur Roskilde Cathedral). Adam of Bremen records that "filium autem regis [=Worm] Haroldum" succeeded as ruler in Denmark. He succeeded his father before 950 as HARALD I "Blåtand/Bluetooth" King of Denmark. http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/DENMARK.htm
HARALD Gormsen, son of GORM "den Gamle/the Old" King of Denmark & his wife Tyre "Danebod" ([925/35]-Jomsborg 1 Dec [986/87], bur Roskilde Cathedral). Adam of Bremen records that "filium autem regis [=Worm] Haroldum" succeeded as ruler in Denmark. Saxo Grammaticus names Harald as son of Tyre. The Chronicon Roskildense names "Gorm pater Haraldi", specifying that "Haraldus" reigned for 15 years during the life of his father and 50 years after his father died, and was known as "Blatan sive Clac Harald", on the other hand a later passage specifies that Harald succeeded his father Gorm. He succeeded his father before 950 as HARALD I "Blåtand/Bluetooth" King of Denmark.... According to King Olav Trygvason's Saga, King Harald defeated his son but died from wounds received in the battle. http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/DENMARK.htm# Harald I died 986-987.