Ivar Ragnvaldsson Mørejarl
|Also Known As:||"Ívarr Rǫgnvaldsson", "Ívar Rögnvaldsson", "son Rǫgnvalds Mœrajarls"|
|Birthplace:||Giske, Sunnmøre, Norway|
|Death:||Died in Orkney or Hafrsfjord, Norway|
|Place of Burial:||Orkney or Norway|
Son of Ragnvald Eysteinsson, Earl of Møre and Ragnhild 'Hild' Hrólfsdóttir, of More
|Managed by:||Andrew Dean Kemp|
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About Ivar Ragnvaldsson Mørejarl
In the Orkney saga, the brothers Einar, Hallad (Haddad) and Ivar are referred to as "frillesønner", sons of a frille (=literally mistress, or partner - "concubine" is not a good term for Nordic countries). Whether Ragnvald's four illegitimate sons Einar, Hrollaug, Hallad and Ivar had the same mother is not known, but highly unlikely.
In the Snorre saga however, he is Hild Rolfsdotter Nefja's son: "Rognvald og Ragnhild hadde også sønene Ivar og Tore Tegjande. Rognvald hadde frillesøner også: dei heitte Hallad og Rollaug og Einar, han var yngst."
1. [IVAR (-killed in battle either Hafrsfiord  or Orkney ).
Orkneyinga Saga names “Ivar and Thorer the Silent” as the two other sons of “Earl Rognwald” and his wife “Ragnhild the daughter of Hrolf Nose”, adding that Ivar was killed in battle fighting with Harald I "Hårfagre" King of Norway in Scotland.
Snorre names "Ivar, a son of Ragnvald Earl of More" when recording his death in battle during a Viking campaign against the Scottish islands.
The Complete Peerage dates the appointment of Sigurd (Ivar´s reported paternal uncle) as Jarl of Orkney to , which means that Ivar must have been killed shortly before this date. However, as explained below this causes considerable chronological difficulties with the reported events in the career of Turf-Einar, Ivar´s youngest illegitimate half-brother, so should be considered as extremely approximate.
Ivar is mentioned in Heimskringla, Harald Fairhair's (Hårfagres) saga:
"In this war fell Ivar, a son of Ragnvald, Earl of More; and King Harald gave Ragnvald, as a compensation for the loss, the Orkney and Shetland isles, when he sailed from the West; but Ragnvald immediately gave both these countries to his brother Sigurd, who remained behind them; and King Harald, before sailing eastward, gave Sigurd the earldom of them. Thorstein the Red, a son of Olaf the White and of Aud the Wealthy, entered into partnership with him; and after plundering in Scotland, they subdued Caithness and Sutherland, as far as Ekkjalsbakke. Earl Sigurd killed Melbridge Tooth, a Scotch earl, and hung his head to his stirrup-leather; but the calf of his leg were scratched by the teeth, which were sticking out from the head, and the wound caused inflammation in his leg, of which the earl died, and he was laid in a mound at Ekkjalsbakke. His son Guthorm ruled over these countries for about a year thereafter, and died without children. Many vikings, both Danes and Northmen, set themselves down then in those countries.
ENDNOTES: (1) Skerries are the uninhabited dry or halt-tide rocks of a coast. -- L.
"Den gang falt Ivar, sønn til Ragnvald Mørejarl, og i vederlag gav kong Harald Ragnvald jarl Orknøyene og Hjaltland da han seilte østover igjen. Ragnvald gav begge landene til sin bror Sigurd, og han ble igjen der vest, da kongen seilte østover. Kongen gav først Sigurd jarledømme. Da kom Torstein Raud, sønn til Olav Kvite og Aud den djuptenkte, til Sigurd og slo seg i lag med ham. De herjet i Skottland og tok Katanes under seg, og Suderland, helt til Ekkjalsbakke. Sigurd jarl drepte Melbridge Tann, en skotsk jarl; han bandt hodet hans ved salreima, og tanna som stakk ut av hodet, slo imot tjukkleggen på ham; det kom verk i såret og han døde av det; han er hauglagt på Ekkjalsbakke. Nå rådde Guttorm, sønn hans, for øyene ett år, men så døde han barnløs. Siden slo vikinger seg ned på øyene, dansker og nordmenn."