Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg

Elimar I (c. 1040-1112) was the first Count of Oldenburg and reigned from c. 1091 to 1108.[1]


Elimar married Rixa (also called Rikissa and Richenza), who according to the Annals of Stade was the daughter of Dedi or Adalger,[2] and according to the same source, her mother was Ida of Elthorp (the Annales Stadenses also record that "Rikencen, filie Ide de Elthrope" was the wife of "comes Eilmari de Aldenburg"). The Annales Stadenses further state that Ida was a noblewoman of Swabian birth and that Ida's father was the brother of Emperor Henry III and Ida's mother was the sister of Pope Leo IX (whose secular name was Bruno).

The name of Elimar is found in a charter dating from 1108. His wife claimed that he was descended from Wittekind, a notable defender of the Saxons and the chief opponent of Charlemagne during the Saxon Wars of 777 to 785, but there is no further evidence for this.[3]

Elimar was succeeded by his son Elimar II.

Male line of descendantsEdit

Elimar I is a direct ancestor of the Swedish royal family and the Norwegian royal family.


  1. ^ Ǿstergård 2015, p. 461.
  2. ^ Donald C. Jackman, Canes palatini: Dynastic Transplantation and the Cult of St Simeon, p. 8
  3. ^ The Athenæum (1894), p. 494


  • Ǿstergård, Uffe (2015). "Nation-Building and Nationalism in the Oldenburg Empire". In Berger, Stefan; Miller, Alexei (eds.). Nationalizing Empires. Central European University Press. p. 461-510.
Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg
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New title Count of Oldenburg
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