Geirmund Hjörrsson (c. 850 – c. 905), also called Geirmund Hel-hide (Old Norse: Geirmund Heljarskinn) due to his dark complexion, was a Viking who lived during the 9th century. He was the younger twin brother of Hámund and the son of Ljuvina and Hjörr.
Born into a lineage of Norweigian kings, Geirmund sought to make a legacy for himself. To this end, he joined the army of Guthrum, one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army that invaded England. During his travels he was gifted the Hnituðr, a Piece of Eden, by the Isu Völund which helped consolidate him as a fierce warrior of the seas.
Born alongside his older twin brother, Hamund, while their father, Hjörr, was away, Geirmund’s mother, Ljufvina, worried over her husband's reactions to newborns that looked so little like him. In her fear, Ljufvina swapped her children with that of a thrall who had also recently given birth. While the woman would come to love Geirmund and his twin as if they were her own, her husband treated them no better than dogs. In this way every day was a struggle to survive and it continued in such a way for four years until Ljufvina, at the urging of the skald Bragi Boddason, confessed to the deception.
Behind the scenes
Geirmund Hel-hide is a historical figure and character appearing in the 2020 novel Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Geirmund's Saga written by Matthew J. Kirby. He is on the cover art drawn by Kim Jung Gi, where he is featured as the center-piece.
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Geirmund's Saga (first appearance)