Who was the greatest Viking General/Warrior and why?

Jul 2013
1,028
America
Broadly speaking, who would you say was the greatest Viking Warrior/Commander of the period and why?

For me, its a two way tie between Ivarr the Boneless and Haraldr Hardrada, what do you guys think, and what can be gained from the Viking's respective campaigns?
 
Dec 2016
144
India
Ivar the boneless.He was undefeated unlike Hardrada.If Ivar and Halfdan had led the attack on wessex instead of guthrum alfred might well have lost.
 
Jul 2013
1,028
America
Ivar the boneless.He was undefeated unlike Hardrada.If Ivar and Halfdan had led the attack on wessex instead of guthrum alfred might well have lost.
Was Ivar that great of a commander, what was the perception of him during his time period?
 
Dec 2016
144
India
Was Ivar that great of a commander, what was the perception of him during his time period?

The vikings themselves say he was 'the wisest man who ever lived' and most cunning.And he was undefeated-conquered northumbria,east anglia,parts of mercia and founded his dynasty in ireland.
 
Oct 2015
973
Norway
I nominate King Harald Sigurdson "Hardrada" of Norway (1015-1066)
He fought his first battle aged fifteen at Stiklestad.
As an adult he moved east and was a captain in in King Yaroslav the Wise's army in the Kievan Rus's Kingdom.
From 1035-42 he was the commander of the elite Varangian guard of the Byzantine Empire and a veteran of many battles. Later he returned to Norway and shared the kingship With Magnus the Good. He raided Denmark every year from 1046-1064. Died in the battle of Stamford Bridge in an attempt to invade England.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Hardrada
 
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Jul 2013
1,028
America
The vikings themselves say he was 'the wisest man who ever lived' and most cunning.And he was undefeated-conquered northumbria,east anglia,parts of mercia and founded his dynasty in ireland.
Are there any books dedicated to Ivar?