Anund Gårdske

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Anund Gårdske, was the king of Sweden around 1070 according to Adam of Bremen's Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum.[1] According to this source, Anund came from Kievan Rus',[1] presumably from Aldeigjuborg. Gårdske means that he came from Gardariki which was one of the Scandinavian names for Kievan Rus'. As a Christian he refused to sacrifice to the Norse gods at the Temple at Uppsala and was consequently deposed, in 1070.[1]

A hypothesis suggests that Anund and Inge the Elder were the same person, as several sources mention Inge as a fervent Christian, and the Hervarar saga describes how Inge also was rejected for refusing to administer the blóts and that he was exiled in Västergötland.[2]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The article Anund in Nationalencyklopedin.
  2. The article Inge in Nordisk familjebok (1910).
Anund Gårdske
Born: unknown Died: unknown
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Halsten
King of Sweden
around 1070
Succeeded by
Håkan the Red