"Blæja" (later known as Heluna)

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Blæja daughter of king Ælla (Ellasdatter)

Also Known As: "Heluna"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northumbria
Death: Died in Jutland, Denmark
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ælla II, king of Northumbria and N.N.
Wife of Sigurd "Snake-in-the-eye" Ragnarsson
Mother of Álof Sigurðardóttir; Tora Sigurdsdottir; Aslaug Sigurdsdatter; Oleg / Helgi, Danish prince of Kiev and Knud Sigurdsson

Occupation: Princess of Northumbria, of Denmark
Managed by: Anette Guldager Boye
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About "Blæja" (later known 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 King 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" (later known as Heluna)'s Timeline

780
780
790
790
Danmark
800
800
Jutland, Denmark
814
814
830
830
Northumbria
845
845
Age 15
DENMARK
875
875
Age 45
Jutland, Denmark
1921
December 6, 1921
Age 45
December 21, 1921
Age 45