Agne Dagsson King in Sweden [Mythological] 1 2
- Marriage (1): Skjálf Frostadotter
Other names for Agne were Agni Dagsson King in Sweden, Agni Skjálfarbondi King of Sweden and Hogne King of Sweden.
Mythological Swedish king, of the House of Yngling.
From Wikipedia - Agne :
Agne, Agni, Hogne or Agni Skjálfarbondi was a mythological king of Sweden , of the House of Yngling .
Snorri Sturluson relates that he was the son of Dag the Wise , and he was mighty and famous. He was also skilled in many ways.
One summer, he went to Finland with his army where he pillaged. The Finns gathered a vast host under a chief named Frosti .
A great battle ensued which Agne won and many Finns were killed together with Frosti. Agne then subdued all of Finland with his army, and captured not only great booty but also Frosti's daughter Skjalf and her kinsman Logi .
Agne returned to Sweden and they arrived at Stocksund (Stockholm ) where they put up their tent on the side of the river where it is flat. Agne had a torc which had belonged to Agne's great-great-great-grandfather Visbur (who, interestingly, was the son of Skjalf's niece Drífa). Although, they were related, Agne married Skjalf who became pregnant with two sons, Erik and Alrik .
Skjalf asked Agne to honour her dead father Frosti with a great feast, which he granted. He invited a great many guests, who gladly arrived to the now even more famous Swedish king. They had a drinking competition in which Agne became very drunk. Skjalf saw her opportunity and asked Agne to take care of Visbur's torc which was around his neck. Agne bound it fast around his neck before he went to sleep.
The king's tent was next to the woods and was under the branches of a tall tree for shade. When Agne was fast asleep, Skjalf took a rope which she attached to the torc. Then she had her men remove the tent, and she threw the rope over a bough. Then she told her men to pull the rope and they hanged Agne avenging Skjalf's father. Skjalf and her men ran to the ships and escaped to Finland, leaving her sons behind.
Agne was buried at the place and it is presently called Agnafit , which is east of the Tauren (the Old Norse name for Södertörn ) and west of Stocksund.
Ynglingatal then gives Alrekr and Eiríkr as Agne's successors.
The Historia Norwegiĉ presents a Latin summary of Ynglingatal, older than Snorri's quotation:
This man [Dag] engendered Alrek, who was beaten to death with a bridle by his brother, Eirik. Alrek was father to Agne, whose wife dispatched him with her own hands by hanging him on a tree with a golden chain near a place called Agnafit.
His son, Ingjald, [...] Agne is incorrectly called Hogne. Unlike Ynglingatal, Historia Norwegiĉ does not give Dagr as Agne's predecessor, but Alrekr . Instead Alrekr is Agne's predecessor and Agne is succeeded by Yngvi (incorrectly called Ingialdr). The even earlier source Íslendingabók cites the line of descent in Ynglingatal and it gives the same line of succession as Historia Norwegiĉ: xii Alrekr. xiii Agni. xiiii Yngvi.
The location indicated by Snorri Sturluson as the place of Agne's death has a barrow called Agnehögen (Agne's barrow) in Lillhersby . The barrow was excavated by Oxenstierna and dated to c. 400.
Agne married Skjálf Frostadotter, daughter of Frosti King in Finland and Unknown.