King Tryggve’s Grave – Tryggö Stone Mound

A Bit of Bohuslän History

The small island Tryggö is named after Tryggve Olovsson, who was once a king and ruled over Vinglamark and Ranrike (Bohuslän and the Oslo fjord). The legend tells that Tryggve was a powerful man, bigger and stronger than anyone else. He made a name for himself in Ireland and Scotland during the voyages of looting raids. His brother, Erik Blodyx who was once the king of Norway, killed his father, Olav Haraldsson. This lead to a very infected family conflict. Erik Blodyx’s sons were fiercely in conflict with Tryggve. One  day the brothers themselves came in conflict and Tryggve tried to take advantage of the situation by proposing an alliance with one of the brothers, Gudröd. History tells us this was a mistake as Gudröd betrayed the negotiation and slayed Tryggve sometime around the year 963. This mound of stones has been restored in the 1920’s. The original shape and location is not really known. Snorre Sturlasson’s tales mention the story of Tryggve, his fate and how the island got its name.

Kung Tryggve's stone mound. Photo: Sanjin Đumišić.
Kung Tryggve's stone mound. Photo: Sanjin Đumišić.
Kung Tryggve's stone mound. Photo: Sanjin Đumišić.

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