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Egil "the Bastard" was a Viking warrior and son of an earl.

Biography Edit

Season 4 Edit

Egil was a warrior from Scandinavia, who had joined Bjorn Ironside's raid to the Mediterranean Sea, and the Caliphate city of Algeciras. In the midst of travelling. Halfdan "The Black" introduces Egil to his brother, King Harald "Finehair," as "the son of an earl." While Egil desired to be an earl one day, he describes himself as a bastard, indicating his father may not legitimately claim him as his son.

Later, Egil reappears then Harald and Halfdan give him instructions.

After King Harald and Halfdan left, Egil launches the attack on Kattegat. He first uses a decoy in the center of the city to see how weak the defenses are. Soon after Egil attacks Kattegat by using the boats and men he got from King Harald. But Lagertha foils his plan. Whereas his men fled, Egil charges Lagertha only to be struck by Astrid's spear, she prepares to finish him but Lagertha has others plans for him. After the failed attack on Kattegat, Torvi is injured during the battle, Lagertha tortures Egil to find out who gave him the men and boats. Egil tells Lagertha he will die anyways so there is no reason for him to tell her. After showing him his captured wife he tells Lagertha he will tell her for the sake of her life that he has been sent by King Harald.

He probably died off-screen: because of his wounds or executed (possibly by Lagertha, Astrid or Torvi). Maybe his role was only to lead the attack on Kattegat so he won't appear in the upcoming season. But Harald & Halfdan could blame Egil for the failure and especially if they learn that "The Bastard" has revealed their involvement - the brothers would kill him anyhow.

Trivia Edit

  • HistoryTVCanada uploaded video for characters, who died in Season 4, and Egil is shown at 14th sec - although he is the only one who does not die on-screen... and even his image is obviously mirrored![1]
  • Possibly based on Egill Skallagrimsson (c. 904 – c. 995), a Viking-Age poet, warrior and farmer. He is also the protagonist of the eponymous Egil's SagaEgil's Saga historically narrates a period from approximately 850 to 1000 CE and is believed to have been written between 1220 and 1240 CE.
  • This is further given credence by the fact that the historical Egill wrote the song that King Harald and his brother Halfdan sing after they pillaged a Frankish village.
  • It is suggested that he may have suffered from Paget's disease.
Original:
Þat mælti mín móðir,
at mér skyldi kaupa
fley ok fagrar árar,
fara á brott með víkingum,
standa upp í stafni,
stýra dýrum knerri,
halda svá til hafnar
höggva mann ok annan.
Translation by Herman Pállson and Paul Edwards:
"My mother wants a price paid
To purchase my proud-oared ship
Standing high in the stern
I'll scour for plunder.
The stout Viking steersman
Of this shining vessel:
Then home to harbour
After hewing down a man or two."
Modern Translation:
"Thus spake my mother
That for me should they buy
A barque and beauteous oars
To go forth with vikings.
Stand in the stern,
Steer a dear vessel,
Hold course for a haven,
Hew down many foemen."

Gallery Edit

Appearances Edit

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
The Outsider The Vision Two Journeys In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning All His Angels
Crossings The Great Army Revenge On the Eve The Reckoning

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