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Vikings: Every Character Who Might Be A God (Or Descended From One)

In Vikings, every warrior wanted to die in battle so they could feast with the gods in Valhalla. However, some of these great warriors were feasting with gods already, or, at least, with the descendants of gods. While most of the Vikings characters are true believers in the gods, some waver in their faith, even after meeting a god in person.

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From the beginning of the series, Ragnar Lothbrok claims he is a descendant of Odin the Allfather. But he isn't the only character who claims to be related to the gods. Many can make the same claim, and their encounters with the gods can prove their connection to them. However, some characters may actually be gods themselves in disguise.

10 Harbard

While Ragnar is raiding in England, a man named Harbard visits Kattegat. He claims to be a wanderer and a storyteller, but Aslaug, Helga, and Siggy know there is more to him than he says. Eventually, Floki reveals that this wanderer could have been Odin in disguise. Harbard is a name the god takes when he wanders the world.

While Harbard didn't look like Odin, the stranger did have a mystical quality to him. Before his arrival, Aslaug, Helga, and Siggy dream of a man with a cut hand whose blood sets the snow on fire. When Harbard arrived, Helga found him with a cut hand, his blood dripping onto the snow. Harbard also had a mysterious way of soothing the pains of baby Ivar. But what made Harbard seem supernatural was the strange series of deaths while he was in Kattegat, including two children and Siggy herself.

9 Sigurd

As the son of Ragnar Lothbrok, Sigurd is a direct descendant of Odin. Sigurd doesn't seem to have a deep connection with the gods. However, if the wanderer Harbard was Odin in disguise, Sigurd has nothing but hatred for his godly ancestor.

When Harbard arrived in Kattegat the second time, Sigurd could see that his mother, Aslaug, neglecting her motherly duties for this strange man. He knew that his mother was sleeping with Harbard. But it was the death of Bjorn's daughter that caused Sigurd to hate Harbard. Because of his mother's negligence, the young girl died, and Sigurd couldn't forgive her or Harbard for that.

8 Hvitserk

Hvitserk is a descendant of Odin by way of his father, Ragnar Lothbrok. Much like Sigurd, Hvitersk doesn't have a deep connection with the gods. So little, in fact, that in the end, he decides to convert to Christianity.

However, proof that Hvitserk is a descendant of the gods comes when his father is killed. Hvitserk and Bjorn stood on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea when they saw a strange man. He wore a black cloak, had one eye missing, and ravens were flying about him. The brothers knew then that Odin was there to tell them of their father's death.

7 Ubbe

Ubbe, the first son of Ragnar and Aslaug, is a descendant of Odin. Ubbe is a strong fighter and always tries to do what is right for himself and his family, whether that means fighting against his brothers, forgiving the woman who killed his mother, or rejecting his gods for Christianity.

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Like his brothers, Ubbe learned of the death of his father when Odin visited him. But despite this encounter, when Ubbe is asked to relinquish his gods and accept Jesus to maintain peace between the English and the Viking colony in West Anglia, he does so. He converts, wears a cross, and attends church. However, after nearly dying after a fierce battle, Ubbe rejects Christianity, claiming that his gods, Odin, Thor, and Freyr, helped him win.

6 Rollo

Rollo is the older brother of Ragnar Lothbrok. Like his younger brother, he is a well-known warrior and claims to be a descendant of Odin. It seems, though, that Rollo's connection with Odin doesn't run very deep. Rollo eventually becomes the Duke of Normandy - a Christian.

Famous for continuously betraying Ragnar, Rollo isn't known for his loyalty. So it isn't surprising when Rollo agrees to relinquish his gods and be baptized as a Christian in Season 1. While there is no real indication that Rollo actually believes in Christianity, it did seem fairly easy for him to give up the Norse gods when offered the chance to marry a Christian princess in Season 3.

5 Bjorn Ironside

The firstborn son of Ragnar Lothbrok and shieldmaiden Lagetha, Bjorn Ironside is a descendant of Odin. While Bjorn doesn't claim that his relation to the Allfather grants him any special abilities, he is known for being difficult to wound.

His name Ironside comes from his supernatural ability to fight fiercely but never get hit. But it is never said if this comes from his relation to Odin, the general blessing from the gods, or sheer luck. Like his brothers, Bjorn was told of his father's death when Odin appeared to him. While Bjorn never claimed to be a god, he was a good king and a fierce warrior.

4 Ivar The Boneless

The youngest son of Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug, Ivar the boneless is a descendant of Odin. Ivar spent most of his life trying to prove that he was fearsome and worthy of being Ragnar's son. Eventually, he claims the throne of Kattegat and declares himself a god. Ivar had seen Odin when he appeared to Ragnar's sons. But this experience did not humble him.

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After believing that he has impregnated his wife through supernatural means, he claimed to be a god. The child in question is not his son, proving he is just a mortal. However, in Ivar's final fight against the English, he shows signs of godly abilities. Unable to fight himself, Ivar seems to control the movements of the warriors around him before being killed. So, while his initial claim of being a god was wrong, perhaps it wasn't entirely false.

3 The Seer

As the giver of prophecy, the Seer could be the descendant of a god or a god in disguise. His backstory and the source of his visions are never confirmed. He is simply a respected man in Kattegat and a devout follower of the gods. None of the characters ever suggest that he is more than just a man. However, the Seer may have hinted toward his true nature early in the series.

In Season 2, Ragnar visits the Seer. He tells Ragnar the story of a marriage between the Norse god Njord and the giantess Skadi. The Seer describes Njord as having old, withered skin and large smooth feet. In this same episode, viewers see the full body of the Seer, showing that he also has withered skin and large smooth feet. Throughout the series, the Seer also hints that he has lived for hundreds of years. Even after his death, the Seer shows himself to the sons of Ragnar as they complete his prophecies.

2 Floki

The eccentric boat builder Floki never claims to be a god, nor does he claim to be descended from one. However, there is a lot of evidence to suggest otherwise. According to Reddit, many fans believe that Floki is either a descendant of or Loki in disguise.

Floki is a devout worshiper of the Norse gods and is knowns to specifically worship Loki. His connection with Loki is also reflected in the naming of his daughter, Angrboda, which is the name of Loki's wife. Ragnar imprisoned Floki in a similar way that the gods imprisoned Loki. Both Loki and Floki were tied in a cave with liquid dripping on their heads, only finding relief when their wives held a bowl above them to catch the drips.

1 Ragnar Lothbrok

From the very beginning of the series, it's clear that Ragnar Lothbrok is more than an average man. He has always claimed to be a descendant of Odin, and that fact is rarely questioned. While his lineage is impossible to prove, Odin gives Ragnar special attention.

Ragnar often sees visions of an old man in black and is frequently visited by ravens. Raven's are a symbol of Odin, and the old man could be Odin himself watching Ragnar.  But what further proves Ragnar's connection to Odin is that the god takes it upon himself to announce Ragnar's death to his five sons.

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