Alleged Battle of the Iron Gate takes place

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Russian chronicles mention that in 1032, a man named Uljab sailed from Novgorod, was defeated near the Iron Gate and lost many of his men. This Iron Gate is sometimes thought to be a strait between Viimsi peninsula and Aegna Island, as a place called Rohuneeme ("Grassy Cape") is sometimes identified as Raudneeme ("Iron Cape"). It is also surmised, that the Russian leader Uljab, who was probably Viking Ulf Ragnvaldsson, fought with Estonians, more precisely with Revalians. As this event occurred around the same when Tartu fell, these two events have been tied together and grand theories about anti-Estonian alliance between Yaroslav the Wise and Swedish king Olav Tryggvason, have been coined. Unfortunately, these theories cannot be proved, and it is more likely that the Iron Gate is located somewhere in Northern Russia, rather than near Tallinn. Thus, the Battle of the Iron Gate is a sort of event that cannot really be tied to the history of Estonia. But, as this is often done, it also should be mentioned here.

Source: Aivar Kriiska, Andres Tvauri. Eesti muinasaeg. Tallinn: Avita, 2002.

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