For other named Ivar, see Ivarr or Ivar the Younger.

Ivar "the Boneless" Ragnarsson was a character in The Saxon Stories novel series.

Biography[edit | edit source]

The Saxon Stories[edit | edit source]

Ivar is the older brother of Ubba and Halfdan and son of the Danish-Swede king, Ragnar Lothbrok. He is one of the two co-leaders of the "Great Heathen Army" with Ubba during its early years. Where Ubba is aggressive and superstitious, Ivar is insightful and clever.

The Last Kingdom[edit | edit source]

He was not present in the tv series, though he was mentioned in "Episode 1.4" as having been killed while in Ireland.

Battle Participation[edit | edit source]

This list shows the battles Ivar has participated in:

  • Battle of Gainsborough
  • Siege of Nottingham (868)
  • Revolt of Northumbria (869)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Saxon Stories[edit | edit source]

Books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This character has been based on a real historical figure. It is unclear whether it was Ivar or Ímar. Many historians believe that they are the same person.
  • The explanation for Ivar's epithet "the Boneless" (Old Norse: Ívarr hinn Beinlausi) given in The Last Kingdom novel was on account of his skinny appearance. Another theory in respect to his nickname contends that Ivar may have suffered from Osteogenesis imperfecta, citing that Ivar was carried on a shield by his followers, even though this may have otherwise been due to his status as a chieftain.
  • Ivar is believed to be the founder of the Norse-Gael Ui Imair dynasty which variously ruled over Dublin, the Isle of Mann and the Hebrides.
  • The name Ivarr is comes from Old Norse and is the antecedent of Ivor. The name is formed of the words yr, which means "yew, bow", and arr, which means "warrior".
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