Gram of Denmark
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Gram of Denmark
Gram of Denmark
Gram dræber Kong Henrik.jpg
King of the Danes
PredecessorSkiold
SuccessorSvipdagr
ConsortRoar
Groa
Signe
Issuedaughter
Guthorm
Hading
HouseScylding
FatherSkiold
MotherAlfhild
ReligionPagan

Gram was one of the earliest legendary Danish kings according to Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum. His history is given in more detail than those of his predecessors. Georges Dumézil argued that Gram was partially modelled on the god Thor, in particular his defeat of Hrungnir and subsequent encounter with Gróa.

The Old Norse word gramr means "king" and is probably the source of Gram's name, possibly through a misunderstanding of Saxo's. No other ancient source mentions a king named Gram.

References

  • Dumézil, Georges (1973). From Myth to Fiction : The Saga of Hadingus. Trans. Derek Coltman. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-16972-3.
  • Davidson, Hilda Ellis (ed.) and Peter Fisher (tr.) (1999). Saxo Grammaticus : The History of the Danes : Books I-IX. Bury St Edmunds: St Edmundsbury Press. ISBN 0-85991-502-6. First published 1979-1980.
  • Elton, Oliver (tr.) (1905). The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus. New York: Norroena Society. Available online
  • Olrik, J. and H. Ræder (1931). Saxo Grammaticus : Gesta Danorum. Available online
Legendary titles
Preceded by
Sigtryg
King of the Swedes Succeeded by
Svipdagr (king)
Preceded by
Skiold
King of the Danes Succeeded by
Svipdagr (king)

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