Saint Olaf II

statue of Saint Olaf II, date and artist unknown; photographed by Nina Aldin Thune; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Heilag-Olav
  • Holy Olaf
  • Olaf Haraldson
  • Olaf Haraldsson
  • Olaf of Norway
  • Olaf the Fat
  • Olaf the Holy
  • Olaf the Thick
  • Ola
  • Olao
  • Olaus
  • Olav
  • Olave
  • Olavs
  • Tola
  • Tooley
  • Óláfr Digre
  • Óláfr Haraldsson



Son of Harald Grenske King of Norway and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter. Viking pirate. Convert to Christianity, baptised in 1010. Helped Ethelred of England against pagan Danish invaders. King of Norway from 1015 to 1028. Brought missionaries, including Blessed Theodgar of Vestervig, to Norway to evangelize his people. Olaf tried to force Christianity on them, but they revolted in 1029, and drove him first to Sweden and then to Kiev (in modern Russia). There he gathered his forces, and in 1030 tried to re-take his throne. He was killed in battle, and regarded by Norwegians as the great champion of national independence and a martyr.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Olaf II“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 July 2020. Web. 27 July 2021. <>