Offa of Angel Offa of Angel  ‎(I644759257)‎
Given Names: Offa
Surname: of Angel

Gender: MaleMale

Given Names: Alavivaz
Surname: Olauus

Given Names: Olaf
Surname: Litillati

Birth: estimated 400
Death: 456 ‎(Age 56)‎
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Birth estimated 400
Death 456 ‎(Age 56)‎
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Parents Family  (F554798933)
Wermund of Angel
Offa of Angel
400 - 456
Olof of Angel

Immediate Family  (F554798932)
Angeltheow ‎(unknown)‎
- 477


Offa ‎(or Olaf Litillati or Alavivaz Olauus)‎ ‎(? - c. 456)‎ was the 4th-great-grandfather of Creoda of Mercia; he may also be a great-grandson of Odin. Offa was the son of Wermund, and the father of Angeltheow.

He was the most famous hero of the early Angles ‎(Anglii in Latin)‎. He is said by the Old English poem Widsith to have ruled over Angel, and the poem refers briefly to his victorious single combat, a story which is related at length by the Danish historians Saxo and Svend Aagesen.

Offa ‎(Uffo)‎ is said to have been dumb or silent during his early years. His aged and blind father, King Wermund believed him to be a simpleton and in order to preserve his son's position as king had him marry the daughter of Freawine, a neighbouring warlord/king so that he would assist Offa when he became king. However it did not come to pass as Freawin was killed by a marauding Viking warlord ‎(a Swede called Atisl)‎. Wermund subsequently raised Freawin's sons Ket and Wig as his own, however they would eventually cause great dishonour to the Angles when they ambushed Atisl in a forest as he walked alone and slew him. The surrounding peoples began to mock the Angles, accusing them of cowardice and dishonour. Eventually the neighbouring Saxons decided that Wermund was too weak to resist their requests for him to surrender his kingdom to them and they sent their emissaries to Wermund's court where they proceeded to mock the blind man, Wermund challenged their king to a duel, but he stated that he would not fight a blind man. It was then that Offa regained his speech and revealed that his silence had been caused by the great dishonour involved in Atisl's death. He promptly challenged the prince of the Saxons and one of his champions to a duel in order to regain the Angles honour.

Offa's combat took place at Rendsburg on an island in the Eider River, and Offa succeeded in killing both his opponents. According to Widsith, Offa's opponents belonged to a tribe or dynasty called Myrgingas, but both accounts state that he won a great kingdom as the result of his victory. A somewhat corrupt version of the same story is preserved in the Vitae duorum Offarum, where, however, the scene is transferred to England.

It is very probable that the Offa whose marriage with Modþryð, a lady of murderous disposition, is mentioned in Beowulf is the same person; and this story also appears in the Vitae duorum Offarum, though it is erroneously told of a later Offa of Mercia. Offa of Mercia, however, was a descendant of Offa, King of Angel. It is probable from this and other considerations that the early Offa lived in the latter part of the 5th century.

See H. M. Chadwick, Origin of the English Nation ‎(Cambridge, 1907)‎, where references to the original authorities will be found.

The name Alavivaz Olauus seems to be an incorrect name given to Offa in an effort to link him to Christian genealogies and the BALTHAE DYNASTY of Spain; he was known as Olaf Litillati in Scandinavian legend. The name Alavivaz Olauus is included here in order to allow the reader to find out more information, but not as an indicator his Offa's historical "AKA's."

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Offa of Angel ‎(I644759257)‎
Birth estimated 400
Death 456 ‎(Age 56)‎
Olof of Angel ‎(I644759274)‎
Birth Yes
Death Yes
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Offa of Angel ‎(I644759257)‎
Birth estimated 400
Death 456 ‎(Age 56)‎