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Östen or Eystein (d. ca 600) was the son of Adils (Eadgils) and Yrsa of Saxony. He was the father of Ingvar.

Snorri Sturluson relates that Östen ruled Sweden at the time when Hrólf Kraki died in Lejre. It was a troubled time when many seakings ravaged the Swedish shores. One of those kings was named Sölve and he was from Jutland (but according to Historia Norwegiae he was Geatish). At this time Sölve was pillaging in the Baltic Sea and so he arrived in Lofond (probably the island of Lovön or the Lagunda Hundred), where Östen was at a feast. It was night-time and Sölve and his men surrounded the house and set it on fire burning everyone inside to death. Then Sölve arrived at Sigtuna (Old Sigtuna) and ordered the Swedes to accept him as king. The Swedes refused and gathered an army that fought against Sölve and his men, but they lost after eleven days. The Swedes had to accept him as king for a while until they rebelled and killed him.

For a long time none could tell
How Eystein died -- but now I know
That at Lofond the hero fell;
The branch of Odin was laid low,
Was burnt by Solve's Jutland men.
The raging tree-devourer fire
Rushed on the monarch in its ire;
First fell the castle timbers, then
The roof-beams -- Eystein's funeral pyre.[1] (http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/heim/02ynglga.htm)

Thorsteins saga Víkingssonar makes Östen the father of Anund and grand-father of Ingjald and consequently skips Ingvar's generation. It adds a second son to Östen named Olaf, who was the king of Fjordane in Norway.


Preceded by:
Adils
Semi-legendary king of Sweden
Succeeded by:
Sölve

Template:End box Template:NorseMythologysv:Östen (Ynglingaätten)

Primary sources

Secondary sources

Nerman, B. Det svenska rikets uppkomst. Stockholm, 1925.

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