Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Ivar the Boneless has gone to the history books as one of the most powerful Vikings who ever lived. Not only was he one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army, but he was also the oldest son of famous Viking Ragnar Lodbrok. It’s therefore surprising we still know so little about this powerful Viking. Many significant details about his life and death remain shrouded in mystery.
Can a remarkable burial mound in Repton, Uk shed more light on how and where Ivar the Boneless died? One Icelandic Saga reveals that Ivar the Boneless died and was buried in England, but there is no information about the grave’s location. However, one extraordinary burial in Repton reveals a Viking of great importance was put to rest there. So, it’s fair to ask if perhaps Ivar the Boneless is buried in Repton.
Before we go into details about Ivar the Boneless’ death, it’s important to know some facts about this great Viking who changed history in countries he visited.
As previously discussed on Ancient Pages, Ivar the Boneless was one of Ragnar Lodbrok’s sons and it could not have been easy. Lodrok’s relation to his sons was full of contractions. He wanted his children to be brave, strong and fearsome warriors, but at the same time he was also afraid his sons could become more popular than he was.
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The pure fact that Ivar the Boneless managed to survive as a small baby should also not be forgotten. On one occasions Ragnar Lodbrok learned from a seer that he would have many famous sons. He became somewhat obsessed with this prophecy and this almost led to a tragic event when he tried to kill his own son, Ivar the Boneless. But small Ivar survived and with time he grew into a powerful Viking who became famous and feared.
In 865 Ivar the Boneless decided to invade England and launched the largest invasion of the British Isles in recorded history. Together with his brothers Halfdan and Ubba as well as his colleague Olaf the White Ivar the Boneless sailed from Dublin and landed in East Anglia.
He had command of a force so massive that the English referred to it simply as “The Great Heathen Army”. It was a coalition of Norse warriors, originating from Denmark and Norway (and possibly also from Sweden) who came together under a unified command.
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In 871 Ivar the Boneless took the unwieldy but impressive title ‘King of the Northmen of all Ireland and Britain”. It’s not known where he died, but according to a legend, Ivar the Boneless wanted to be buried in England. His corpse was allegedly transported from Dublin and interred in English soil.
Viking Warriors Of The Great Heathen Army Died In Repton
In November 2017 Ancient Pages reported a Viking camp dated to the winter of 873-4, was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from the University of Bristol.
It is located in the small village of Repton, Derbyshire and has been known since the 1970s. Repton has long been a subject of excavations.
Historical records state that the Viking Great Heathen Army wintered in Repton, Derbyshire, in 873 A.D.
Archaeologists discovered Viking graves in Repton. Credit: Repton Church
This year, researchers from the University of Bristol re-examined the graves and new dating proves that all remains are consistent with a single date in the 9th century and therefore with the Viking Great Heathen Army.
Of particular interest in this case is a burial mound that housed a Viking of great importance. The grave contains the intact skeleton of a remarkably large man – supposedly nine feet tall – surrounded by the disarticulated remains of two hundred and fifty Vikings.
As previous discussed on Ancient Pages, Viking burial traditions and rituals were very complex.
The Vikings had no religion, but they had customs, practices and beliefs. As in many other ancient civilizations, Vikings developed a highly class conscious and hierarchical society. Many relics in ancient tombs reveal that the type of burial a Viking received depended on his importance in the society. When a Viking died he could either be buried or burned.
250 warriors were buried next to a great Viking leader. Credit: Repton Church
The Viking buried in Repton was put to rest together with 250 warriors who most likely all died during the battle. Vikings took time to place all dead bodies to accompany this one great Viking in the afterlife. Artifacts discovered in the grave reveal special Pagan rites were held in honor of the Viking. To receive such an elaborate and complex burial, the Viking must have held high status.
Since the Viking grave dates from the right time, and obviously a warrior of great importance was put to rest there, some have speculated that Ivar the Boneless died and was buried in Repton.
Putting his death aside, there is also another puzzle dealing with Ivar the Boneless. In our previous article we discussed the mystery of Ivar the Boneless and Ímar, a remarkable Viking puzzle that reveals something extraordinary and if true it could re-write Viking history.
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