Burial Mound of Bjorn Ironside

This mound is the site where Bjorn Ironside was buried. Son of legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok.
Burial Mound of Bjorn Ironside

Son of legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. Bjorn "Járnsíða" earned possibly as much fame, achieved perhaps more and founded a dynasty of Swedish Kings. One of the numerous stories related to Bjorn was of a time when he and his men attempted to take the Italian city of Luna, near Pisa. Having mistaken Pisa for Rome, he and his Men did not fail to take advantage of the situation by taking the area anyway. After Pisa, he and his Men went further inland to the city of Luna. Luna having high and nearly impenetrable walls, Bjorn came up with the genius plan to fake his death as well as faking his desire for a deathbed conversion and "baptism". He knew that the leaders of Luna would see the "soul" of such high-value Heathen warlord as a prize. The city officials allowed his coffin to be brought within the city to be given a proper "Christian" burial. 4 of his Men were allowed to carry his coffin inside the city. Once inside, Bjorn burst free of his coffin, threw the weapons he concealed to his Men, the five of them fought their way to the gates and opened them for the rest of his men to come through. Bjorn was a lifelong Pagan. Honour him and his memory

The picture is of Bjorn's burial mound. Which was done in the traditional fashion. Sitting atop the mound was a runestone. A drawing of the only remaining fragment is attached.

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Burial Mound of Bjorn Ironside
Island of Munsö, Ekerö, in lake Mälaren, Sweden
59° 25′ 0″ N,
  17° 33′ 0″ E
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