Eric the Victorious praying to Odin
before the Battle of Fýrisvellir.
Eric the Victorious (Old Norse: Eiríkr inn sigrsæli; Swedish: Erik Segersäll) was the first Kingdom of Sweden. There is debate about whether or not he was actually the first king.
He is sometimes called Eric V or Eric VI. He is called this by people who count back from Eric XIV (1560–68).
Eric the Victorious originally controlled the area around Uppland. His kingdom may have extended down to Blekinge. He got the name "victorious," because of his victory in the Battle of Fýrisvellir.
According to Adam of Bremen, he was also the King of Denmark after the defeat of Sweyn Forkbeard. He probably also founded the town of Sigtuna, 38 km northeast from downtown Stockholm.
Adam also dated Eric the Victorious's death as between 992 and 995. He is remembered as a war-like and successful ruler.
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Another example of King Eric in fantasy art, this published by Gustaf Henrik Mellin in 1850
In 1691 coin expert Elias Brenner published designs allegedly used by King Eric, but a minting of coins by Eric is unknown to modern scientists, and these attributions are considered inaccurate; Brenner's methods are not considered reliable on early medieval Swedish coins.
Swedish historians such as Birger Nerman, Åke Ohlmarks and Lars O. Lagerqvist have suggested that the smaller tumuli at Old Uppsala probably include King Eric's grave.