Dark Scandinavians

The following names indicate that dark Vikings were not uncommon:  Bjorn the Black, Geirmund Hjorsson Dark-Skin, Hermund Illugason the Black, Illugi Hallkelsson the Black, Ottar Svarti (the Black), Thorolf Dark-Skin, Thorstein the Black, Harold the Black of Islay, Halfdan the Black, Rokar the Swarthy, Sandulf the Black, Harald II Svarte (the Black), Godfred V the Black, and Olaf II Odhar the Black. The two Norwegians shown at bottom are from southwest Norway, a region that contributed so much to Viking colonization.

From William Z. Ripley's The Races of Europe, (New York:  D. Appleton and Company, 1899).

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