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Eithne / Audna Kjarvalsdatter (Cearbhalsdatter), Princess of Ireland

Also Known As: "Audna Kjarvallsdóttir", "Eithne", "Edna MacCearbhall", "Edna ingen Cearbhall Mac Dúnlainge", "Ethne", "The Sorceress", "Audna Kjarvalssdatter of /Ireland/; Fithne (typo of Eithne?)", "Audna Kjarvalsdatter", "Princess of Ireland"
Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Orkney Islands, present Scotland
Death: circa 1000 (52-68)
(Norse) Orkney
Place of Burial: Orkney
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Unknown - Probably in the lineage of Cearbhall as Aud is named Kharvalsdatter in stories Of Ireland and Unknown mother of Audna / Eithne
Wife of Hlodvir Thorfinnsson, earl of Orkney
Mother of Sigurd "the Stout" Hlodvesson, earl of Orkney; Svenlaug Hvarflad' / 'Nereid' Hlodvadóttir, Orkney and NN, perhaps 'Gerleota' 'Gerlod' Hávard's wife, of Caithness

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About Eithne / Audna Kjarvalsdatter, Princess of Ireland

Eithne ingen Ceabhail Ó Fáeláin, also called Audna, Ethne, or Edna Kjarvalssdotter, Princess of Ireland

See this Discussion for storytelling links and possible mashes:

1. Olaf the White is married to an Auðr the Deep-Minded (Father: Ketil Flatnose) in Icelandic tradition, but to a NN sister of Eithne ingen Áeda, according to Irish legend: (Father: Áed Findliath (High King of Ireland))

2 But Hlodvir Thorfinnsson, earl of Orkney, this Aud/Eithne's husband is actually descended from both a Cerbhall mac Dunghal, king of Osraige in Ireland and from Auðr the Deep-Minded

  • Cerbhall Mac Dungal
  • → Rafertach ingen Cearbhaill
  • → Þuríður Eyvindardóttur
  • → Gróa Þorsteinsdóttir, of Caithness
  • → Grelod Duncansdatter
  • → Hlodvir Thorfinnsson, earl of Orkney


  • Auðr the Deep-Minded
  • → Thorstein "the Red" Olafsson
  • → Gróa Þorsteinsdóttir, of Caithness
  • → Grelod Duncansdatter
  • → Hlodvir Thorfinnsson, earl of Orkney

In Medlands:

THORFINN m ([941]) GRELAD of Caithness & had [seven] children:

a) daughter .

b) daughter.

c) ARNFINN m ([954/55]) as her first husband, RAGNHILD

d) HAVARD m as her second husband, RAGNHILD

e) LJOT m as her third husband, RAGNHILD

f) HLODVIR Torfinnsson ([945/50]-[988], bur Hofn, Caithness). Orkneyinga Saga names (in order) “Arnfinn…Havard the Fecund…Hlodvir…Ljot…Skuli” as the five sons of Thorfinn[844]. Snorre names "the Earls Hlodver, Arnfid, Ljot and Skule, the sons of Thorfin Hausakljufer" as rulers in Orkney when Queen Gunhild and her sons returned to Orkney[845]. In a later saga, Snorre names (in order) "Arnfin, Havard, Hlodver, Liot and Skule" as sons of Thorfin "Hausakljufer"[846]. Orkneyinga Saga records that “after Ljot´s death, Hlodvir took charge of the earldom”, presumably indicating Ljot´s brother but this is not explicitly stated in the text, recording that “he died in his bed” and was buried “in a burial mound at Ham in Caithness”[847].

m EITHNE, daughter of KIARVAL King of Ireland & his wife ---. Orkneyinga Saga records that “Hlodvir” married “Eithne, the daughter of King Kjarval of Ireland”, adding in a later passage that “Sigurd´s mother was a sorceress”[848]. Hlodve´s supposed father-in-law has not been identified among known Irish kings.

Hlodve & Eithne had [three] children: (Cawley's Medlands)

i) SIGURD "Digri/the Stout", son of [HLODVIR Torfinnsson Jarl of Orkney & his wife Eithne of Ireland] ([965/70]-killed in battle Clontarf 23 Apr 1014). Orkneyinga Saga names “Sigurd the Stout” as the son of Hlodvir and his wife, adding that he “took over the earldom” after his father died[856]. Snorre names "Sigurd the Thick" as the son of Hlodver[857]. His birth date is estimated from the fact that his older sons were already sufficiently mature in 1014 to be placed in charge of Orkney by their father when he left for war in Ireland. He succeeded his father in [988] as Jarl of Orkney and Caithness. He defeated Findlaech Mormaer of Moray before 995 at the second battle of Skidmoor in Caithness, consolidating his power on the Scottish mainland. Orkneyinga Saga records Sigurd´s battle against “a Scottish earl called Finnleik”[858]. Orkneyinga Saga records that “Olaf Tryggvason” pressured Sigurd to accept baptism and returned to Norway with Sigurd´s son as a hostage[859]. Orkneyinga Saga records that Sigurd went to Ireland “five years after the Battle of Svoldur” to support “King Sigtrygg Silk-Beard” against “King Brian of Ireland”, and left “his elder sons in charge of the earldom”, but was killed in the battle in which King Brian was killed[860]. Snorre records that "Sigurd the Thick" went to Ireland and fell "in Brian's battle"[861]. (Cawley's Medlands)

m firstly ---. The name of Sigurd´s first wife is not known. Sigurd & his [first wife] had four children:





m ([1005 or after]) --- of Scotland, daughter of MALCOLM II

Sigurd & his second wife had one child:

5. THORFINN "the Black" ([1009]-[1060/65], bur Birsay, Christchurch).

ii) SVANLAUG or Nereid. m (Orkney 990) GILLI Jarl of the Hebrides 988-1014.] (Cawley's Medlands)

iii) daughter m HAVARD (-winter 988/89). Steward of Caithness for Jarl Sigurd. Killed by Jarls Melsnati and Hundi, who were defeated when Jarl Sigurd attacked them in revenge.](Cawley's Medlands)



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Eithne / Audna Kjarvalsdatter, Princess of Ireland's Timeline

Orkney Islands, present Scotland
Age 20
Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Age 22
(Norse) Orkney Islands
Age 24
(Norse) Orkney Islands, Scotland
Age 60
(Norse) Orkney
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