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Ubba Ragnarsson

Russian: Убба Ragnarsson
Also Known As: "Hubba", "Ubbe", "Ubbi", "Husto"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Denmark
Death: 878 (49-57)
Area of Cynwit (Cynuit) (Killed in Battle)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ragnar "Lodbrok" Sigurdsson and Unnamed mother(s) of Ragnar's children
Brother of Yngvar Ragnarson
Half brother of Eric Ragnarsson; Agnar Ragnarsson; Dunvat Ragnarsen; Radbard Ragnarsen; Ragnhild Ragnarsdottir and 7 others

Occupation: viking
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About Ubba Ragnarsson


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Ubba, also known as Hubba, Ubbe, and Ubbi, was a mid-ninth-century Viking chieftain and one of the commanders of the Great Army.

Although contemporary English sources tend to describe the army's men as Danes and heathens, there is evidence to suggest that a proportion of the force originated in Frisia, and one source describes Ubba himself as dux of the Frisians. In 865, the Great Army, apparently under the command of Ivar, overwintered in the East Anglia, before invading and destroying the Kingdom of the Northumbrians. In 869, having been bought off by the Mercians, the Vikings conquered the East Angles, and in the process killed their king, Edmund, a man who was later canonised a saint. Whilst near contemporary sources do not associate Ubba with the latter campaign, some later less reliable sources associate him with the king's martyrdom. Others associate Ubba, and Edmund's martyrdom, in traditions concerning the saga-character Ragnar Lothbrok.

After the fall of the East Anglian kingdom, leadership of the Great Army appears to have befallen to Halfdan, Ivar's brother. Thenceforth, the Vikings campaigned against the West Saxons, and destroyed the Kingdom of the Mercians. In 873, the Great Army split in two, with Halfdan campaigning in the north before settling his troops in Northumbria. The second half, which came to be commanded by Guthrum, continued to campaign against the West Saxons. In the winter of 877/878, Guthrum launched a lightning strike deep into Wessex. There is reason to suspect that Guthrum's attack was coordinated with another Viking force simultaneously campaigning in Devonshire. The commander of this latter force, according to a near contemporary source, was a brother of Ivar and Halfdan. Some later sources identify him as Ubba. The commander's identity aside, In 878 he and his vikings met the West Saxon army under the leadership of Odda of Devon at the Battle of Cynuit, which resulted in a decisive defeat for the vikings and the death of the leader [Ubbe?], this defeat may well have contributed to the collapse of Guthrum's campaign. Within weeks, Guthrum was defeated by the resurging West Saxons. In consequence, Guthrum was baptised a Christian, settled his troops in East Anglia, and ruled as a Christian king until his death.

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Ubba Ragnarsson's Timeline

Age 53
Area of Cynwit (Cynuit)