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King of the Geats

Summary
Geatish kings (Rex Getarum/Gothorum; Götakungar), ruling over the provinces of Götaland (Gautland/Geatland), appear in several sources for early Swedish history. Today, most of them are not considered historical. This list follows the generally accepted identification between the names Götar (modern Swedish), Gautar (Old Norse) and Geatas (Old English), which is based both on tradition, literary sources and on etymology. However, unlike some translations it does not identify this tribe with the Goths. Both Old Norse and Old English records clearly separate the Geats from the Goths, while still depicting them as closely related to each other. From the Middle Ages until 1974, the king of Sweden claimed the title King of the Geats as "King of Sweden and Geats/Goths" or "Rex Sweorum et Gothorum". Danish monarchs used the similar title "King of the Goths" from 1362 until 1972. Some names appear in Norse mythology and in Germanic legend and in at least one case, they were probably historical (Hygelac). Their order of succession is uncertain (if they ever lived). Dag, contemporary with Yngvi-Frey in Gamla Uppsala, in Sturlaugs saga 19 & 23. Gizur 4th century, who helps the Goths during the battles with the Huns in Hervarar saga (see Hlöd). Gauti (in Herraud's saga), probably the same as Gaut the father of Gautrek according to the Ynglinga saga. See Sons of Odin. Ring son of Gauti (king of East Götaland in Bósa saga ok Herrauds) Herrauðr, son of Ring (king of East Götaland in Bósa saga ok Herrauds) Gautrekr, appearing in several sources. Ketill Gautreksson, in Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar. Hrólfr Gautreksson, in Hrólfs saga Gautrekssonar. Gestiblindus, according to Gesta Danorum. Yngwin ("Yngve") 5th century (in Gesta Danorum, see Halfdan) Siward, contemporary with Yngwin's grandson (in Gesta Danorum) Algaut 4th century or the 7th century (in the Norse sagas) Thorir (the brother of Bödvar Bjarki and Elgfróði in Hrólfs saga kraka) Sigar?, the father of Siggeir, who genealogically corresponds to Yngwin, the king of Götaland in Gesta Danorum.
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