Magnus Haraldsson of Norway

This article is about the 12th century king. For the 11th century king, see Magnus II of Norway. For other people of the same name, see Magnus Haraldsson.
Magnus Haraldsson
King of Norway
Reign 1142–1145
Born c. 1135
Died c. 1145
House House of Gille
Father Harald IV Gille of Norway
Religion Roman Catholicism

Magnus Haraldsson (Old Norse: Magnús Haraldsson; c. 1135 – c. 1145)[1] was a King of Norway from 1142 until his death around 1145, reigning together with three of his brothers. He was a son of Harald IV Gille of Norway by an unknown concubine.[2]

Magnus was born sometime after 1130, when his father arrived in Norway. He was raised by the chieftain Kyrpinga-Orm at Støle in Sunnhordland. He does not appear to have been taken as king after his father's death together with his brothers Sigurd and Inge. He first appears in the sagas in 1142, when Harald's oldest son, Eystein, came from Scotland an became king, together with Magnus. In a poem by the skald Einar Skuleson, all the four are counted as kings at the same time. In contrast to his three brothers who are praised for deeds as warriors, Magnus is said to "make peace between the men". According to the sagas, Magnus had poor feet, and he became sick and died at a young age. He has later generally not been listed in Norwegian regnal lists.[1] He appears in some lists, however.[3]


  1. 1 2 Koht, Halvdan (1940). Norsk biografisk leksikon. Aschehoug. p. 35.
  2. Helle, Knut (1995). Aschehougs norgeshistorie : 1130-1350. 3 : Under kirke og kongemakt 1130-1350, p. 14. Aschehoug.
  3. Barber, Malcolm (2004). Two Cities: Medieval Europe, 1050-1320. Routledge. p. 347.
Magnus Haraldsson
Born: c. 1135 Died: c. 1145
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sigurd II
& Inge I
King of Norway
with Sigurd II
Inge I
Eystein II
Succeeded by
Sigurd II
& Inge I
& Eystein II
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