Ragnar Lothbrok

Ragnar Lothbrok

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Character Analysis

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Living...in the small village named Kattegat in a fjord of Scandinavia with his wife, Lagertha, and two children, Bjorn and Gyda 

Profession...Viking warrior. While he also farms and fishes to keep his family fed, Ragnar is first and foremost a skilled warrior. But don’t think he is just a meathead who thirsts for blood and glory, he is also a clever tactician who the seers have predicted will one day be a great and formidable man.  

Interests...battling and looting. Yes, Ragnar has some stereotypical Viking interests, but a man is not awaited at Valhalla if he does not prove himself worthy in battle and Ragnar is determined to be worthy. After all, he has to fulfill what his destiny has in store for him.  

Relationship Status...passionately married. Although he proposed many times, Ragnar did not gain Lagertha’s hand in marriage until he fought and killed a ferocious bear and giant dog that guarded her house. Lagertha is Ragnar’s match as both a skilled warrior and an astute leader.  

Challenge...getting the local chieftain, Earl Haraldson, to allow the Viking fleet to sail West, where Ragnar thinks great riches await. But the Earl is a short-sighted and jealous man who is afraid that Ragnar’s growing popularity will challenge his rule. But in Ragnar’s words: “You don’t need a title to be a leader.”   

Personality...clever, courageous, and family-oriented. Although he is a bloodthirsty warrior, Ragnar is also completely dedicated to his family members, even to those who might not deserve it, like his brother Rollo. Ragnar is also loyal to his friends and values his warriors greatly.  


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