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Lagertha was a Norse shieldmaiden from what is now Norway who was the one-time wife of the Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok. Through her relationship with Ragnar, she had a son named Halfdan. She was later killed by a Finnish arrow but was avenged by Ragnar against overwhelming odds.[1]

Biography

As a Viking in her own right, Lagertha possessed a battleaxe that she often used in battles. At some point, the axe wound up in an abandoned settlement near Hadrian's Wall in what is now Yorkshire, England and was recovered in the 9th century by Eivor Varinsdottir, a Viking of the Raven Clan.[2]

Behind the scenes

Lagertha is a semi-historical figure mentioned in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, where she is noted to be Halfdan's mother. According to the 12th century author Saxo Grammaticus, in his patriotic work of Danish history Gesta Danorum however, she was the mother of Fridleif, as well as two unnamed daughters.[3]

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