Ulv Galiciefarer
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Ulv Galiciefarer

Ulv Galiciefarer[1] (also known as Galicieulv (Galiciwolf)[2][3] c. 1000[4] / 1010), aka Jarl Galizur-Ulfric[5] was a Danish jarl, a Viking chieftain who became famous for his raids, looting and pillaging the lands of Galicia in the early eleventh century, perhaps in 1028 or 1048, during the reign of Bermudo III and Ferdinand I of Leon. According to Saxo Grammaticus and the Knýtlinga saga, Galicieulv was grandfather of Boedil Thurgotsdatter, the wife of Eric I of Denmark.


The Knýtlinga saga is one of the main sources on his life. It states that he left "bravely with his westward to conquer Jakobsland" (the land of Santiago de Compostela).[3] Most likely he was devoted to raiding and plundering with relatively little opposition. Some legends[] claim that he served as a mercenary for Galician count Rodrigo Romániz, in the assault on Labio Castle, near present-day Lugo, over the riots against Bermudo III. Ulf also helped Romariz against the Basque, achieving victory. The raids continued until Ulf was expelled by bishop Cresconius' troops, but not before looting Redondela monastic communities as on the islands of San Simón (island), Cíes and Toralla enclosures. After his expulsion, the Viking attacks on Galicia fell sharply.


According to Saxo Grammaticus, Úlfr (Old Norse: Wolf) was of noble family. It is speculated[] that he was the son of Ulf the Earl.

He married when young with Bothild Håkonsdatter (b. 1014), daughter of the Earl of Lade Håkon Eiriksson. They had a son, Thurgot Fagrskinna Ulfsen (n. 1032, nicknamed pale skin although apparently his skin was dark). Turgot would become Count Palatine (Leibhauptman des Königs). Turgot's daughter, Bothild Thorgunnsdatter (Bothilda, 1068-1134) married the Danish King Eric I of Denmark. The couple died on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. However, his son, Prince Lavard became Duke of Schleswig.


  1. ^ "Genealogisk-historiske tabeller over de nordiske rigers kongeslægter (1856), Königsfeldt, J. P. F., (2nd edition. Kjøbenhavn: Trykt i Bianco Lunos bogtrykkeri, 1856), FHL microfilm 1,124,504, item 3., table 9 p. 118". hathitrust.org (in Danish). 1856. p. 118. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Bodil dronning". den store danske (in Danish). 2011. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Nors, Thyra (2015). "Bodil ( - 1103)". kvinfo.dk (in Danish). Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Ulf el Gallego: El Vikingo danés que gobernó Galicia". Quincemil (in Spanish). Retrieved .
  5. ^ Krüger, Jana (2008). "Jana Krüger, "Wikinger" im Mittelalter: Die Rezeption von "víkingr" m. und "víking" f. in der altnordischen Literatur, Walter de Gruyter, 2008, ISBN 3110210355". books.google (in German). p. 196. ISBN 9783110210354. Retrieved .

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