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Halfdan Ragnarsson (alias Halfdan Lothbroksson) is a character in The Saxon Stories novel series. He is one of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.


The Saxon Stories[]

In "The Last Kingdom", Halfdan arrived in England about a year or so after his brothers and briefly led what he called the "Great Heathen Army" and occupied Lundenberg (modern London) for a time, while Ivar and Ubba went to campaign in Ireland.

Halfdan was boisterous and aggressive, but he lacked the strategic foresight of Ivar and the sheer ferocity of Ubba. The Great Danish Army struggled in its conflict with the Kingdom of Wessex under Halfdan's command.


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  • This character has been based on a real historical figure of Halfdan Ragnarsson.
  • Some historians have contended that Halfdan, named in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, is the same person as Hvitserk from the Snorri Sturlusson's Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok. The latter tale, however, states that Hvitserk died while campaigning in Russia.
  • The name Halfdan comes from Old Norse. The name is made up of the words hálfr, which means "half", and danr, which means "Dane".