Ynglinga saga

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The Ynglinga saga or Ynglingesaga, was originally written in Old Norse by the Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson about 1225 CE. He based it on an earlier Ynglingatal which is attributed to the Norwegian 9th century skald Tjodolf of Hvin, and which also appears in Historia Norwegiae.

The Ynglinga saga is the first part of Snorri's history of the ancient Norse kings, the Heimskringla. It tells the most ancient part of the story of the House of Ynglings (the Scylfings of Beowulf). It was first translated into English and published in 1844.

The saga deals with the arrival of the Norse gods to Scandinavia and how Frey founded the Swedish Yngling dynasty at Upsala. Then the saga follows the line of Swedish kings until Ingjald ill-ruler after which the descendants settled in Norway and became the ancestors of the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair.

For a discussion on the controversy about the dating of the information, see Ynglingatal.

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