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Turf-Einer Rognvaldsson, Earl of Orkney

Turf-Einer Rognvaldsson, Earl of Orkney

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  • Name Turf-Einer Rognvaldsson 
    Suffix Earl of Orkney 
    Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • Torf Peat Einar was the father of Thorfinn I, known as Skulicleiffer, "Skull Cleaver", and grandfather of Thorold, Sieur de Pont Audemer, who married Wewa, daughter of Harold VIII Blatan d, first christian king of Denmark, and his wife, Cyrid (Cynthia), Queen of Sweden.
      Thobard, Fitz Thori: Also known as Thorbert, Thoribert, or Herbert, the Northman av Maera. As a youn g, boy, he was the steersman in the fleet of his uncle, Rolf the Ganger, when they took ove r Normandy from King Charles the Simple in 912. Thorbard was a brother of Berglioth, who marr ied Grjotgard. Berglioth and Grjotgard were parents of Haakon, father of Sigurd, who was th e father of Jarl Haakon, Sigurdso the Great, who ruled Norway from 970 to 995.
      Thorbard was g iven, by his Uncle Rolf, the Grand Fief of Maera in Normandy, named for their village in Norway, a name which the French of the area soon converted to La Mare, or La Grande Mare. It still exists near St. Opportune and is next to Pont Audemare, which was assigned by Rolf to Thorbard's cousin, Thorold, who was ancestor to the Beaumonts and the Newburgs. In Norway and in N ormandy, Maera was often written "Mara".
      894 - Turf-Einar, son of Rognwald and half brother of Rollo, becomes earl of Orkney. When Earl Ragnvald in More heard of the death of his brother Earl Sigurd, and that the vikings were in possession of the country, he sent his son Hallad westward, who took the title of earl to begin with, and had many men-at-arms with him. When he arrived at the Orkney Islands, he established himself in the country; but both in harvest, winter, and spring, the vikings cruised about the isles plundering the headlands, and committing depredations on the coast. Then Earl Hallad grew tired of the business, resigned his earldom, took up again his rights as an allodial owner, and afterwards returned eastward into Norway.
      When Earl Ragnvald heard of this he was ill pleased with Hallad, and said his sons were very unlike their ancestors. Then said Einar, "I have enjoyed but little honour among you, and have little affection here to lose: now if you will give me force enough, I will go west to the islands, and promise you what at any rate will please you -- that you shall never see me again." Earl Ragnvald replied, that he would be glad if he never came back; "For there is little hope," said he, "that thou will ever be an honour to thy friends, as all thy kin on thy mother's side are born slaves."
      Earl Ragnvald gave Einar a vessel completely equipped, and he sailed with it into the West sea in harvest. When he came to the Orkney Isles, two vikings, Thorer Treskeg and Kalf Skurfa, were in his way with two vessels. He attacked them instantly, gained the battle, and slew the two vikings. Then this was sung: -- "Then gave he Treskeg to the trolls, Torfeinar slew Skurfa." He was called Torfeinar, because he cut peat for fuel, there being no firewood, as in Orkney there are no woods. He afterwards was earl over the islands, and was a mighty man. He was ugly, and blind of an eye, yet very sharp-sighted withal.
    Oldest Known Ancestors
    Paternal Line: Egil b. Abt 530
    Maternal Line: Groa b. Abt 836
    Person ID I3203  Roy~Royes | Hougham
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2008 

    Father Rognvald Eysteinsson, Earl of Møre and the Orcades
              b. Abt 837, Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Abt 892, Orkney Islands, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    ▸ Other Partners: Ragnhild Hrolfsdottir, Countess of Møre; Emina  
    Mother Groa
              b. Abt 836, Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Maer, Nord-Trondelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Arnkel Einarsson, Earl of Norway
     2. Erneld Einersson, Earl of Orkney
    +3. Thorfinn Einersson, Earl of Orkney
              b. 910, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 976, Hoxa, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Grelod
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F1188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart