Magnates and kings
The Vikings were ruled by powerful magnates and kings. However, the term king was not used in the same way as it is today, because in the Viking period several kings could exist at the same time. A king was simply a leading magnate, who the other magnates regarded as “first among equals”. In addition, the status of king was not automatically inherited, but had to be fought for. This often led to internal conflicts, in which several individuals simultaneously claimed to be the country’s rightful king.
Royal power in Denmark is believed to have been consolidated during the reign of Gorm the Old. King Gorm and his successors have ruled Denmark right up until the present day. Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II is therefore part of the family tree, which stretches back to Gorm the Old and Queen Thyra.