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Aslaug
Portrayed by Alyssa Sutherland
Aslaug S4 Promo
Full name: Aslaug Sigurdsdottir
Status: Alive
Born: c. 765
Home: Kattegat
Scandinavia
Origin: Götaland
Sweden, Scandinavia
Allegiance: House of Lothbrok
Livelihood: Queen
Princess
Title: Queen consort of the Danes
Princess of the Geats
Significant Other/s: Ragnar (husband)
Harbard (lover)
Parents: Brynhildr † (mother)
Sigurd † (father)
Children: Ubbe (son)
Hvitserk (son)
Sigurd (son)
Ivar (son)
Relatives: Bjorn (stepson)
Magnus (stepson)
Rollo (brother-in-law)
Character Information
Season/s: 1, 2, 3, 4
First appearance: All Change
Latest appearance: The Last Ship
Appearance Count: 30

Queen Aslaug is the consort & the second wife of Ragnar Lothbrok and the mother of his younger children. Aslaug has a "gift": like a völva, Aslaug is some form of a seeress, who sees the future through visions.

Biography Edit

History Edit

Aslaug is the daughter of a shieldmaiden of Brynhild, a legendary shield-maiden, and Sigurd, a hero in sagas who apparently slew the dragon Fafnir. Both of her parents died before she got to know either of them.

Season 1 Edit

Ragnar, distressed and upset over the loss of his son with Lagertha due to a miscarriage, takes a pilgrimage to Uppsala, hoping to seek answers from the gods. Ragnar also begins to wonder who will be the mother of the many sons the gods promised him if it wasn't his wife Lagertha, who appears infertile.

Acting upon the wishes of King Horik, Ragnar and a small party of his followers travel to Götaland (modern day Sweden) to resolve a land dispute. While there, two of Ragnar's men, Arne and Torstein, stumble upon the beautiful and clever Aslaug. The men are reprimanded by a group of shield maidens, and Aslaug demands an apology from their Earl on their behalf.

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Aslaug comes to meet Ragnar.

Intrigued, Ragnar sees her as a challenge the gods have given him. Interested less in her beauty and more in her wit, Ragnar agrees to meet with her if she comes to them "neither dressed nor undressed, neither hungry nor full, and neither in company nor alone." Aslaug obliges, arriving dressed in a net, biting an apple, and with only a dog as a companion. Impressed by her ingenuity, Ragnar fulfills his end in the bargain and apologizes.

Smitten with each other, the two soon become lovers, much to the chagrin of his son Bjorn, who has travelled with his father and is intensely loyal to his mother. Short thereafter Aslaug tells Ragnar that she is carrying his child, and after asking Odin what he should do, he goes to visit her in her room. Bjorn almost stops him, but doesn't when he sees a raven in the window, which throughout the season has foretold the beginning of an important event.

Season 2 Edit

Ragnar returns to Lagertha and admits his affair with Aslaug. Though clearly upset, Lagertha decides to set aside her anger. This changes, however, when the heavily pregnant Aslaug arrives in Kattegat. The two women, understandably, do not get along. Ragnar suggests that the he could be married to both Lagertha and Aslaug; Lagertha is insulted and, with Bjorn, decides to leave instead.

Four years after, Aslaug is living comfortably with Ragnar, having given birth to two sons, and pregnant with a third. Aslaug becomes suspicious when Ragnar starts a conversation with Hild, a new young servant girl. Aslaug later warns the girl to be careful with whom she is familiar.

Later that night, Aslaug confronts Ragnar, claiming that he wants to sleep with the servant, amongst other women, which he denies. Aslaug then claims to be a völva. To convince Ragnar, she prophesizes that their next son will bear the image of the dragon Fafnir in his eye.

While Ragnar and his men raid England, Aslaug has given birth to a healthy son she named Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, after her father. As she had prophesized, the child bore the image of Fafnir in his eye.

Ragnar sets his sights on England once more and sets off to raid the country, leaving Aslaug to care for their children. While away, Jarl Borg invades Kattegat in revenge - Aslaug and her children, as well as Siggy and Rollo, manage to escape into the countryside. Aslaug is extremely unhappy about her new living conditions, saying the filth is bad for her children.

Word soon reaches Ragnar of Jarl Borg's invasion and he immediately heads back home, glad to find his wife safe. He is able to sneak into Kattegat with the help of Lagertha, who has brought both warriors and their son, Bjorn, and destroy their grain stores, thus pushing Jarl Borg out. Ragnar is thrilled to see his son again, but is conflicted about seeing Lagertha - he later tells The Seer he wants both women. Lagertha, married to an Earl elsewhere, returns home, though her son remains in Kattegat. Aslaug and Lagertha exchange farewells and appear to harbor no resentment towards each other.

Not long after taking over Kattegat, Aslaug finds her self pregnant once more. She warned Ragnar not to force himself upon her for three days after his return or the child would be a monster. After a particularly difficult pregnancy and a birth that nearly killed both mother and child, Aslaug deliveries of a another son. As prophesied, the child is deformed.

Ragnar tells Aslaug that their son should be killed, as he won't live long with a deformity, though he is clearly upset at the thought. Aslaug refuses and although Ragnar steals the child away, he is unable to kill him. They name him Ivar, though others in the village are starting to whisper about the new child and what may be wrong with him.

Season 3 Edit

Ragnar and his warriors prepare to depart for Wessex, returning to claim land that was promised to them by King Ecbert. Aslaug is unhappy; she believes that Ragnar is not in love with her anymore. She remains in Kattegat with Siggy and Helga.

Aslaug, Helga and Siggy spend the days together caring for the children. While strolling in the market, Helga starts speaking of a strange dream she had, about a stranger. Aslaug and Siggy reveal they have had the same dream. Helga asks if Siggy knows what it meant but she says she does not know.

Sometime later, a mysterious man appears before Helga, injured and asking for a place to stay. He reveals his name to be Harbard, a wanderer who injured his hand. He tells the women he literally 'sings for his meal' and is a capable story teller. He proves this later at dinner by recounting a fascinating tale which he claims to have witnessed. Though Siggy is suspicious of him, Aslaug grows increasingly interested. Her interest grows when Harbard is able to stop Ivar's suffering, calming the child like no other can. Her interest leads to love - or at least love-making. Siggy and Helga are well aware of where Aslaug is going; she leaves the children in the care of Siggy.

While she is away, however, two of her sons walk over the frozen lake and accidentally fall in. Siggy is able to pull the boys from the water, but dies in the process.

Upon Ragnar's return, Aslaug is questioned as to why she was not caring for their sons. He is highly suspicious of her story, enough so that he even refrains from making love to her. Aslaug is angry and asks if he had too much of it in England.

Season 4 Edit

Growing tired of Ragnar and their marriage, Aslaug asks the Seer if a woman will take the throne of Kattegat. Aslaug, of course, implies if she will be that woman. The Seer says that he has seen it so … but does not say who the woman is. Elsewhere, Bjorn has rejected his daughter, Siggy, because she looks too much like her departed mother, Pórunn. Aslaug is not heartless and sternly tells Bjorn that she will take care of her instead.

In the years that have passed, Aslaug and Ragnar's sons have grown; she raises them with fantastic tales of her father,the great hero Sigurd. Perhaps her own husband simply doesn’t measure up. Later, a group of French traders arrive with some slaves and Aslaug purchases a young Asian woman who has caught Ragnar's eye. She is aware her relationship with Ragnar has soured and grown cold over the years, but intends to keep him otherwise occupied.

Meanwhile, Bjorn has taken it upon himself to imprison Floki; he feels Floki should have to pay for killing Athelstan, a sentiment not shared by Ragnar, and even less so by Aslaug. Ragnar intervenes, though Floki later manages to escape. Asalug tells her husband that Floki did nothing wrong, for Athelstan was only a Christian. Enraged, Ragnar slaps his wife, telling her that it is not about religion.

Sometime later, Floki is recaptured and tortured but he is eventually freed by Ragnar.Aslaug takes her youngest son, Ivar, to Floki and Helga in order to formally ask a favor of Floki. She claims that Ragnar cannot teach her son how to be viking: though Ragnar had tried to bond with Ivar, Aslaug coldly tells him that he cannot force Ivar to like him. She asks Floki to teach Ivar to be a true viking, to love the Gods as she does, and to be a warrior. Shortly after this, to the surprise of the three of them, and Ivar himself, Ivar ends up physically assaulting another child who was teasing him by picking up something of an ax and throwing it to the side of his head.

Later, Aslaug asks Ragnar if he would like to spend some time with her new slave, Yidu. He does, and the two leave the village to spend some time alone, just as Aslaug wanted. While Ragnar is away, a new lord named Harald comes to Kattegat and asks to see him. Aslaug instead entertains him and asks why he has come. Harald tells her that he had courted a princess, but she refused him because she had received much better marriage offers. Aslaug says that he could have just taken her, and Harald agrees, but says he liked her spirit and felt he should become worth of her, and the only way to do that, is to become king. Aslaug replies that in order to do so, he must overthrow her husband, Ragnar.

As winter ends, Ragar decides it is time to raid Paris again, and informs Aslaug that he will be taking their eldest sons with him. Aslaug protests, saying they are to young to fight, but Ragnar tells her that they are not to young to watch. Ragnar sails away with Lagertha, Bjorn, Harbard, his mistress Yidu and several warriors, leaving behind Aslaug and their youngest sons, Sigurd and Ivar. Not so long after, Sigurd becomes bored with his only playmate and Aslaug tells him to play with Siggy instead while she breastfeeds Ivar. Sigurd objects; however, as Siggy is dirty and can only barely walk.

While Ragnar is busy fighting abroad, Aslaug receives a visitor: Harbard, who comes with a promise to end Aslaug's suffering and make her free. Harbard claims that he was unaware the Ragnar was gone and the two kiss, with Sigurd secretly watching.

Following this, Floki has a vision of Aslaug, who is at first sleeping with himself before the man becomes Harbard. This alerts Floki to the news that Harbard has returned to Kattegat.

Unfortunately, Harbard's promise fails when Sigurd shows his mother that he is sleeping with other women in the village. Aslaug is furious though Harbard insists that he only sleeps with them so he can free them of their troubles. As he did with Ivar, Harbard claims, he takes into himself a person's troubles (though in the case for women it means having sex with them). Aslaug is naturally skeptical, and tells him that she has only longed for his presence since he last left. Harbard replies that possession is the opposite of love and with that, he leaves her again.

Aslaug takes his leave painfully, spending her time drinking while playing games with Ivar, who easily beats her. Sigurd runs home with news that Siggy has died - he found her muddy and face down in the river. "Who?" Aslaug asks, before finally understanding who the child was. Aslaug is unconcerned - she had thought someone was watching her - but Ivar quickly says that no one cares Siggy is dead causing Sigurd to storm out. Aslaug smiles at her favorite son. After the defeat of Ragnars forces at Paris and on the river Seinne, the Viking king fled Kattegat, leaving Aslaug the sole ruler. Under her rule, the city blossomed and became a big and wealthy city. Aslaug herself was able to stay in power and raise her sons from Ragnar to adulthood.

Issue Edit

  1. Ubbe - the first son born to Aslaug and Ragnar, conceived while Ragnar was still married to Lagertha. His birth ultimately causes the marriage of Ragnar and Lagertha to dissolve.
  2. Hvitserk - the second son, only slightly younger than Ubbe.
  3. Sigurd "Snake-in-the-Eye" - third son, whom Aslaug prophesied would bear the mark of Fafnir, the serpent-dragon her father killed.
  4. Ivar "the Boneless" - the fourth and youngest son of Aslaug and Ragnar, conceived after Ragnar returned from England. Aslaug warned Ragnar that she had seen a prophecy forbidding them to have sex for three days lest there be dire consequences. Ragnar dismissed Aslaug and the child was born with twisted, deformed legs. Ragnar intended to kill the child, against Aslaug's wishes, but could not do so. Aslaug feels he does not care about him and avoids him, unlike his other sons. Aslaug, however, considers Ivar to be her favorite son.

Trivia Edit

  • Aslaug's father, Sigurd the Dragonslayer, was a king of Gautland and a scion of the Volsung clan (descendants of Odin). And her mother was the shieldmaiden Brynhildr, daughter to King Budli of the Svear (Swedes). The Asmundar Saga mentions King Budli's ties with the Huns through his daughter Hildir's marriage to Helgi, son of Hildebrand.
  • As of her husband Ragnar's successful coup against King Horik, Aslaug may be considered the Drottning (queen) of Denmark.

References Edit

Appearances Edit

Season one appearances
Rites of Passage Wrath of the Northmen Dispossessed
Trial Raid Burial of the Dead
A King's Ransom Sacrifice All Change
Season two appearances
Brother's War Invasion Treachery Eye For an Eye Answers in Blood
Unforgiven Blood Eagle Boneless The Choice The Lord's Prayer
Season three appearances
Mercenary The Wanderer Warrior's Fate Scarred The Usurper
Born Again Paris To the Gates! Breaking Point The Dead
Season four appearances
A Good Treason Kill the Queen Mercy Yol Promised
What Might Have Been The Profit and the Loss Portage Death All 'Round The Last Ship
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16 17 18 19 20

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