Eric (Swedish king 800)

Eric (Old Norse: Eiríkr, Swedish: Erik) was a Swedish monarch or local ruler who ruled at Uppsala, an important early Swedish political center, around or before the year 800. His existence is attested by the Sparlösa Runestone, erected around the year 800, which mentions a "Eyvísl, Eiríkr's son" and that "the father sat in Uppsala" (i. e. Eyvísl's father, Eiríkr, was king in Uppsala).[1]

Proto-historic King of the Swedes
Reignc. 800
HouseMunsö (?)

As Eric and other "proto-historic" Swedish kings (preceding Eric the Victorious c. 970) are poorly attested and were likely only local rulers (the power of the Uppsala kings probably only extended to the immediate regions around Lake Mälaren), they are generally not counted as "Kings of Sweden" in modern scholarship.[2] They are generally assumed to have been of the same dynasty as Eric the Victorious, the House of Munsö.[3]

Attempts at consolidating those Swedish rulers attested by more contemporary sources with the elaborate lines of legendary kings presented in 12th and 13th century Icelandic sagas have been made, but the sources do not agree with each other and any attempt at identifying Eric with a king from the sagas has to be seen as unverifiable and unreliable.[1] Another theory is that this Eric is the same king as the King Eric mentioned in the Vita Ansgarii.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Baldwin.
  2. ^ Harrison 2017.
  3. ^ Tacitus.
  4. ^ Sture Bolin 1953 [1]

Cited web sourcesEdit

  • Baldwin, Stewart. "Early Swedish Kings". RootsWeb. Retrieved 2020-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  • Harrison, Dick (2017-04-08). "Vilka var våra äldsta svenska kungar?". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-06-29.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  • Martinsson, Örjan. "Gamla kungaätten". Tacitus (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-06-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
Eric (Swedish king 800)
Preceded by
None attested
King of the Swedes Succeeded by