Synopsis / Heimskringla

The sagas that form Heimskringla are the following (the dates in brackets are the covered timespan in CE dates on basis of Heimskringla's own chronology. Historically, the dates before 995 CE are only approximate, and before 933 highly unsure):

Considered mostly pseudohistory:

  • Saga of the Ynglings (from the Roman era to c. 820)
  • Saga of Halfdan the Black (Halfdanr Svarti) (c. 820—860)
  • Saga of Harald Finehair (Haraldr hárfagri, also "Fairhair", "Hairfair") (c. 860—933)

Considered mostly historical fiction:

  • Saga of Håkon the Good (Hákon góði) (covers c. 933—961; ruled 934—961)
  • Saga of Harald Greyfur (Haraldr gráfeldr, also "Greycloak", "Greyhide") (covers c. 961—963; ruled 961—970)
  • Saga of Jarl Håkonnote  (covers c. 963—968; ruled 970-995)
  • Saga of Olaf Tryggvason (Óláfr Tryggvason) (covers c. 968—1000; ruled 995—1000)
  • Saga of Saint Olaf (covers c. 1000—1035; ruled 1015—1030)
  • Saga of Magnus the Good (Magnús góði) (1035—1047)
  • Saga of Harald Hardrada (Haraldr harðráði, also "Hardreign", "Hard Ruler", "the Tyrant") (1047—1066)
  • Saga of Olaf Kyrre (Óláfr kyrre, variously translated as "the Peaceful", "the Quiet", "the Gentle") (1066—1093)
  • Saga of Magnus Barelegs (Magnús berfœttr, also "Barefoot") (1093—1103)
  • Saga of Sigurd the Crusaders and His Brothers Eystein and Olaf (Sigurðr Jórsalafari, Eysteinn, Óláfr) (1103—1130)

Considered mostly history:

  • Saga of Magnus the Blind and Harald Gilli (1130—1136)
  • Saga of Sigurd, Inge and Eystein, the sons of Harald Gilli (1136—1157)
  • Saga of Håkon Broadshoulder (Hákon herðibreiðs, also "the Broad-Shouldered") (1157—1161)
  • Saga of Magnus Erlingson (1161—1177)