"Blæja", a daughter of king Ælla (later known historically as Heluna).

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Also Known As: "Helena", "Bjoju", "Bleja", "Blaeja", "Blæju", "Heluna", "Helenu"
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Birthplace: Northumbria
Death: Died in Jutland, Denmark
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Daughter of Ælla II, King of Northumbria
Wife of Sigurd "Snake-in-the-eye" Ragnarsen
Mother of Thora Sigurdsdóttir; Tora Sigurdsdottir Sigurdsdottir, wife of Helgi; Aslaug Sigurdsdatter; II; Álof Sigurðardóttir and 2 others
Sister of Æthelthryth

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About "Blæja", a daughter of king Ælla (later known historically as Heluna).

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Þáttr af Ragnars Sonum (The Tale of Ragnar's Sons) says Sigurd's wife was Blaeja, daughter of Ælla.

"Sigurðr ormr í auga átti Blæju, dóttur Ellu konungs."

"Sigurd Snake-in-Eye married Blæja, the daughter of King Ella."

The Jómsvíking saga (part of Ólaf Tryggvasons' saga, which is part of Flateyjarbók) says Sigurd's wife was Heluna, daughter of Ælla.

"Sigurdr atti Helunu dottur Ella konungs."

"Sigurd married Heluna, the daughter of Ella."

NOTE

With reference to this discussion, it seems the most accurate reconstruction of events would be that Sigurd married a woman (possibly a daughter of king Ælla of Northumbria) who's name has been lost to history. On marriage, following a Norse tradition, she gained a nickname of "Blæja" or "dark eye" (possibly in reference to her blue, black or grey eye colour) which we find preserved in Þáttr af Ragnars Sonum (The Tale of Ragnar's Sons). Other oral traditions lost this nickname also and so by the time of the recording of the Jómsvíking saga (part of Ólaf Tryggvasons' saga, which is part of Flateyjarbók) she was assigned the name "Heluna". Ironically, Heluna is derived from the Greek Helena which we know from onomastic studies was not present in England until hundreds of years after the time frame this woman lived in.

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"Blæja", a daughter of king Ælla (later known historically as Heluna).'s Timeline

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Jutland, Denmark
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