The Viking Adventurer Roll (ca. 860-ca. 932), also known as Rollón the Walker or Rodrigo I the Rich He was the founder of the line of the Dukes of Normandy. He established Viking control in the lands around the mouth of the River Seine and started what became the most powerful French duchy.
Roll He may have then moved to Ireland, but with the decline of Norse power in Ireland, he probably followed his compatriots to France, where they might find richer opportunities for looting.
The name of Roll it featured prominently in the treaty between King Charles the Simple of France and the Cikings in 911. By that famous arrangement, the Vikings were given control of the territory at the mouth of the Seine, in exchange for certain services to the king. Roll he granted himself Upper Normandy (the territory between the Epte river and the sea), he converted to Christianity, being baptized by the Archbishop of Rouen and married Gisela, one of the six daughters of the king. Rouen was the capital of the ecclesiastical province of Normandy, which the successors of Roll later they add to their original territory.
In 924 Roll he added the lands of Bessin and Maine to his holdings, and after his death, his successor, William Longsword (William Longsword), completed the construction of the duchy by adding the lands of the Cotentin and the Avranchin to his father’s acquisitions.
Converting Roll to Christianity, and the lands that the King of France granted him should not be misinterpreted. It is very likely that his Christianity was of a very limited character, and his supposed loyalty to the King of France could not be counted on. The early Norman domination of the Lower Seine Valley contributed to the disintegration of the ecclesiastical and economic institutions in that area; however, Rollo’s capable successors formed a strong and flourishing duchy in the territory that his vigorous and bloodthirsty ancestor had conquered.
In 927 Roll abdicated in favor of Guillermo Espada Larga. He probably lived a few more years and died in 932 in Rouen or in 933 in Eu. The ruins of his castle are to the south of Ålesund.