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Norway vs Denmark: DNA tested on Viking Rollo's descendants

A team of researchers from Norway were granted permission to test Viking ruler Rollo’s descendants’ remains to establish whether he was Danish or Norwegian.

Palais Benedictine, Fecamp, France.
Palais Benedictine, Fecamp, France. Image by isamiga76 / CC BY 2.0

Norwegian and Icelandic historians understand Rollo to be the same person as Ganger Hrólf, who came from Norway, but some Danish experts believe that Rollo was in fact from Denmark. The tombs of Rollo’s grandson and great-grandson, Richard I and Richard II of Normandy respectively, were opened at Fécamp monastery in France on Monday, and teeth have been sent for DNA analysis at the Universities of Oslo and Copenhagen. Rollo was the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England. Read more: thelocal.dk