Rognvaldsson,  Duke de Normandie Rollo

Rognvaldsson, Duke de Normandie Rollo

Male 846 - 932  (85 years)

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  • Name Rognvaldsson, Rollo 
    Title Duke de Normandie 
    Born 14 Oct 846  Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 912  [1
    Name Rolf the Ganger 
    Name The Walker 
    Title Prince of Norway 
    Died Between 16 Dec 931 and 932  Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Notre Dame
    Person ID I7089  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree | Ancestors of President Fillmore
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Father Eysteinsson, Rognvald,   b. Abt 830, Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 892, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hrolfsdatter, Ragnhild Hilda Jarlessa of Maer,   b. Abt 828, Nystu Bergset, Øvre Redal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 892, Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 867  Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Poppa de Valois,   b. 872, Évreux, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 930, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 891  Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. de Normandie, William,   b. 893, Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 942, Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
    +2. de Normandie, Guillaume William I,   b. 28 Aug 893, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 942, Évreux, Eure, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
     3. Normandie, Adaele of,   b. Abt 897, Normandie, Neustria Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. de Normandie, Crespine,   b. 918, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1002  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     5. Gerloc, Adaele of Aquitaine,   b. 920, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 962, Nevers, Nièvre, Bourgogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F10855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 846 - Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 891 - Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Between 16 Dec 931 and 932 - Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rognvaldsson, Rollo
    Rognvaldsson, Rollo

    Headstones
    Rognvaldsson, Rollo Grave Tomb.jpg
    Rognvaldsson, Rollo Grave Tomb.jpg

    Histories
    The Sagas of The Norse Kings
    The Sagas of The Norse Kings

  • Notes 
    • Also known as Hrolf the Ganger or Rollon, 1st Duke de Normandie from 911 to 927, called also Rolf the Walker, because, being so tall, he preferred to go afoot rather than ride the little Norwegian horses. Also shown as Rollon, Row, or Robert Originally a Norse Viking, he was noted for strength and martial prowess. In the reign of Charles ll the Bald, he sailed up the Seine River and took Rouen, which he kept as a base of operations. He gained a number of victories over the Franks, and extorted the cession of the province since called Normandie. By the famous treaty which Charles the Bald and Rollo signed the latter agreed to adopt Christianity. He was born in 846 and died in 932, and was buried in the Cathedral at Rouen.

      Posted By: Tor Ingar Oesterud 2. March 2016

      Norwegian researchers have finally got to open the tomb of the Viking leader Rollo’s descendants. They will find out whether Rollo was the same Rollo as Rollo from Møre. In that case the British royal family originaed from Norway.

      A Norwegian-led delegation was in Normandy on Monday and opened the sarcophagus of two of Rollo’s descendants. The aim is to put an end to a centuries-long debate: Was Rollo Danish or Norwegian?
      We have been working to get this investigated in about seven years, so to finally get collected material to test DNA was huge historian and project initiator Sturla Ellingvåg of the foundation Explico said.
      Rollo was the founder of Normandy, Count of Rouen and great great great Grandfather of William the Conqueror, who is the ancestor of the English royal house. While Norwegian-Icelandic historical documents and historians have argued since the Snorre Sagas that Rollo and Rollo are one and the same person, the Danish historians believed that he came from Denmark. Rollo, the son of Rognvald was exiled from Norway and was said to have settled in France.

      Plucked out teeth In January the French authorities and the French Church granted the Norwegian application to open the tomb of Rollo’s grandson and great-grandson, Duke Richard the fearless and son Duke Richard the good. The tomb is a sarcophagus in the floor of a monastery in Fécamp. When they opened the grave Monday, researchers found, among other things, a lower jaw with eight teeth in the tomb of Richard the good:
      The key is to find teeth, for the DNA of the teeth may, even all these years, be sufficent for a DNA analysis. Two forensic experts from Norway and Denmark snatched five of his teeth and those teeth are now being sent to the Institutes of Forensic Medicine in both of the countries for analysis, Chairman of Samlerhuset and The Norwegian Mint, Ole Bjørn Fausa says.

      A result of the analysis will probably be available in the autumn and will be presented in cooperation with the French authorities. So it remains to be seen whether the results indicate Denmark or Norway.

      The small sarcophagi at first glance looks like they only accommodate toddlers, but Fausa explains:
      When they were buried in a floor, it was a matter of space. The most important thing was to preserve the skeleton. We do not know how this was done here, but it was common to either cut the bodies into pieces or boil them so the meat loosened from the bones. This meant that the the sarcophagus didn’t have to be longer than a femur, which is the longest bone in the body, Fausa says
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      Rare event Fausa describes the atmosphere at the tomb as an amazing experience:
      As far as we know this is only the second time since the war that a king’s tomb has been opened in France. Just being a part of it, and find the skeletons in there, it was exciting, solemn and unreal at the same time.
      In the work process, he also found that he is a 35th generation descendant of Rollo.
      Of course it enhances this experience, to know that this was my ancestors, Fausa says.
      If Rollo and Rollo proves to be the same person, it will be of historical significance:
      If the British royal family originates from the northwest coast it will, among other things, change the notion that the Norwegian royal family is young, with origins from the British and Danish, says Fausa.

  • Sources 
    1. [S408] Sagas of the Norse Kings.