Adils "Athils" Ottarsson King of Uppsala [61779]
(Abt 0572-)

 

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Adils "Athils" Ottarsson King of Uppsala [61779]

  • Born: Abt 572, Sweden
  • Marriage: Yrsa Helgasdatter [61780]
  • Died: Upsal
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OF KING ADILS' MARRIAGE.

Adils was the name of King Ottar's son and successor. He was a
long time king, became very rich, and went also for several
summers on viking expeditions. On one of these he came to
Saxland with his troops. There a king was reigning called
Geirthjof, and his wife was called Alof the Great; but nothing is
told of their children. The king was not at home, and Adils and
his men ran up to the king's house and plundered it, while others
drove a herd of cattle down to the strand. The herd was attended
by slave-people, churls, and girls, and they took all of them
together. Among them was a remarkably beautiful girl called
Yrsa. Adils returned home with this plunder. Yrsa was not one of
the slave girls, and it was soon observed that she was
intelligent, spoke well, and in all respects was well behaved.
All people thought well of her, and particularly the king; and at
last it came to this that the king celebrated his wedding with
her, and Yrsa became queen of Sweden, and was considered an
excellent woman.

33. OF KING ADILS' DEATH.

King Halfdan's son Helge ruled at that time over Leidre. He came
to Sweden with so great an army, that King Adils saw no other way
than to fly at once. King Helge landed with his army, plundered,
and made a great booty. He took Queen Yrsa prisoner, carried her
with him to Leidre, took her to wife, and had a son by her called
Rolf Krake. When Rolf was three years old, Queen Alof came to
Denmark, and told Queen Yrsa that her husband, King Helge, was
her own father, and that she, Alof, was her mother. Thereupon
Yrsa went back to Sweden to King Adils, and was queen there as
long as she lived. King Helge fell in a war expedition; and Rolf
Krake, who was then eight years old, was taken to be king in
Leidre. King Adils had many disputes with a king called Ole of
the Uplands; and these kings had a battle on the ice of the
Venner lake, in which King Ole fell, and King Adils won the
battle. There is a long account of this battle in the
"Skjoldunga Saga", and also about Rolf Krake's coming to Adils,
and sowing gold upon the Fyrisvold. King Adils was a great lover
of good horses, and had the best horses of these times. One of
his horses was called Slongve, and another Raven. This horse he
had taken from Ole on his death, and bred from him a horse, also
called Raven, which the king sent in a present to King Godgest in
Halogaland. When Godgest mounted the horse he was not able to
manage him, and fell off and was killed. This accident happened
at Omd in Halogaland. King Adils was at a Disa sacrifice; and as
he rode around the Disa hall his horse' Raven stumbled and fell,
and the king was thrown forward upon his head, and his skull was
split, and his brains dashed out against a stone. Adils died at
Upsal, and was buried there in a mound. The Swedes called him a
great king. Thjodolf speaks thus of him: --

"Witch-demons, I have heard men say,
Have taken Adils' life away.
The son of kings of Frey's great race,
First in the fray, the fight, the chase,
Fell from his steed -- his clotted brains
Lie mixed with mire on Upsal's plains.
Such death (grim Fate has willed it so)
Has struck down Ole's deadly foe."

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Events in the life of A›ils O'ttarson

event 1 .
·succeeded his father to kingdom
event 1 .
·long time king, became very rich, and went also for several summers on viking expeditions
† death 1 .
in Uppsala, Sweden.
·King Adils was a great lover of good horses, and had the best horses of these times. One of his horses was called Slongve, and another Raven. This horse he had taken from Ole on his death, and bred from him a horse, also called Raven, which the king sent in a present to King Godgest in Halogaland. When Godgest mounted the horse he was not able to manage him, and fell off and was killed. This accident happened at Omd in Halogaland. King Adils was at a Disa sacrifice; and as he rode around the Disa hall his horse' Raven stumbled and fell, and the king was thrown forward upon his head, and his skull was split, and his brains dashed out against a stone. Adils died at Upsal, and was buried there in a mound. The Swedes called him a great king. Thjodolf speaks thus of him: -- "Witch-demons, I have heard men say, Have taken Adils' life away. The son of kings of Frey's great race, First in the fray, the fight, the chase, Fell from his steed -- his clotted brains Lie mixed with mire on Upsal's plains. Such death (grim Fate has willed it so) Has struck down Ole's deadly foe."
event 1 .
·attacked by King Halfdan's son Helge, who ruled at that time over Leidre, who came to Sweden with so great an army, that King Adils saw no other way than to flee at once
event 1 .
·went, one expedition, to Saxland with his troops. There a king was reigning called Geirthjof, and his wife was called Alof the Great; but nothing is told of their children. The king was not at home, and Adils and his men ran up to the king's house and plundered it, while others drove a herd of cattle down to the strand. The herd was attended by slave-people, churls, and girls, and they took all of them together. Among them was a remarkably beautiful girl called Yrsa, whom he took back with him to Sweden, but not as a slave, for it was soon observed that she was intelligent, spoke well, and in all respects well behaved
event 1 , 2 .
in Värmland, Sweden.
·had many disputes with a king called Ole of the Uplands (his Uncle, Ali, of Uppland in Sweden); and these kings had a battle on the ice of the Venner lake, in which King Ole fell, and King Adils won the battle (There is a long account of this battle in the "Skjoldunga Saga")

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Adils married Yrsa Helgasdatter [61780] [MRIN: 551617801], daughter of Helgi Halfdansson King of the Danes [61781] and Àlöf (Ulla) [61782]. (Yrsa Helgasdatter [61780] was born about 565 in Denmark and died in Uppsala, Sweden.)




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