Guthorm's Invation of Wessex:
"The Vikings are coming! God save us from the fury of the northmen!"
Written for The Viking Network by Dana
Can you imagine the sight, as shiploads of Vikings landed in England to pillage
its churches and seize its land? The cries of terror and despair rang over
and over again through England for centuries. Many Viking armies came to
England, some only to raid for gold; some others stayed to farm the land and
make homes for their families. Today, there are still parts of England where the
heritage of the vikings is still present.
This story is about one particular army led by a Danish Viking named Guthorm.
(The English called him Guthrum.) Guthorm and his army came from an even bigger
Viking army, called "The Great Army", which was led by Ivar the
Boneless and his brother, Halfdan. These two men were sons of Ragnar Lodbrok,
who was slain by the English in Northumbria.
After Ivar left England to go to Ireland, Halfdan continued to conquer
English land and eventually settled down. But Guthorm had his eye on the only
part of England left that was unconquered: the kingdom of Wessex. The Great Army
then split: many men settled with Halfdan and many went with Guthorm. And so
Guthorm began a series of attacks against Wessex and its king, a young man named
Now let Guthorm's story unfold as it happened between
the years of 877 and 879.