|Portrayed by Gustaf Skarsgård|
|Livelihood:||Boat Builder, Skutilsvein|
|Significant Other/s:||Helga (wife)|
|Season/s:||1, 2, 3|
|First appearance:||Rites of Passage|
|“||I build boats Ragnar, you're the navigator.||”|
Floki is a boat builder and incorrigible trickster, who also happens to be Ragnar Lothbrok's eccentric and closest friend. Committed to helping Ragnar sail west, he secretly designs and builds a new generation of Viking longboats for their voyage across the ocean westward.
Floki, to explain him more, typifies a neurotic person with a highly balanced personality. Possessing reasonable fear, and a vast intellect, he is able to easily build ships with special traits to them, and wisely does not hold himself as immune as Ragnar does. Instead, he forever keeps himself a student of the world around him, and is always at attention, like he should be. His tendency to have bad nerves, and react with anger over insecurity about his prowess as a fighter, and his status among other Vikings, however, keeps him stray from winning greater confidence of Ragnar to better guide him, for in viking society, being so old and unfortunate, knowledge is second to battle-madness in a man, and is only purposed for battle, and the virtues of knowledge going hand in hand with being brave and ferocious granted by Odin were muted by politicians and other arrogant, showy men.
Season 1 Edit
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Floki was introduced in "Rites of Passage" when Ragnar brought his son to visit him. Ragnar described Floki as shy, but he then jumps out in front of Bjorn wearing a mask in an attempt to frighten him. Ragnar told Floki that he will be making their ships for their travels to the west.
In "Sacrifice", when it is announced that they need a new human sacrifice for the gods to take the place of Athelstan, Floki seems to momentarily consider offering himself for the honor, but his lover, Helga, pulls him back.
Season 2 Edit
Floki is still as loyal as ever to Ragnar. Floki is among the warriors Rollo injures severely during his betrayal in the battle against Jarl Borg. Floki eventually recovers and continues to build the ships for their continued voyage and raids to England.
Floki finds himself not fully trusting the Christian-turned-pagan Athelstan; while the latter has claimed to have abandoned his Christian beliefs, Floki does not believe him.
Later Floki appears to drift away from Ragnar, feeling Ragnar claims everything. He marries his lover Helga without the blessing of the Earl of Kattegat but with King Horik and his son Erlendur as witnesses. When the Viking fleet leaves Kattegat for Wessex, Floki joins with Horik rather than Ragnar as he thinks the King knows more about the darker Gods that haunt him than Ragnar.
It is on the trip to Wessex that King Horik further sinks his talons in Floki, telling him a shipbuilder is just as valuable as ten Earls. The Danish King also tells him he needs Floki's ideas, for these come directly from the Gods. In the Viking camp in Wessex, Floki is often seen close to King Horik. Floki even follows the Danish King when he advances towards Anglo-Saxon forces despite Ragnar advising them to wait.
When the Norsemen are on the brink of being annihilated, Floki persuades Horik to retreat along with Ragnar, Lagertha and some others, leaving a critically injured Rollo behind.
Athelstan later arrives at the Viking camp to relay a message from King Ecbert to negotiate. In exchange for fighting in Mercia along with Princess Kwenthrith, the Norsemen are offered lands to farm in Wessex and a fat fee. Floki sarcastically compliments Athelstan's clothing and haircut, that of a Christian priest.
Arriving at Ecbert's villa, Floki remarks that it is a bad decision to negotiate with the King of Wessex. He adds that Rollo is not worth it after his earlier betrayal. When Lagertha says it is not only about Rollo, Floki replies it is also about Athelstan, someone who they cannot trust. Ragnar finds it peculiar for Floki to talk about trust.
When Ragnar, Lagertha and King Horik agree to the terms by King Ecbert, they return to Kattegat. King Horik offers a proposition to Floki.
Helga arrives in Kattegat with their newborn child. Floki wants to name her Angrboda, after Loki's first wife. Helga is upset about it, remarking that Angboda was evil and gave Loki monstrous offspring. Floki says she still was a great giantess. When Helga asks Floki if he will come back with them so he can get to know his daughter, Floki declines, saying he has to stay in Kattegat, and urges her to leave.
Floki reminds King Horik about his proposition, but Horik replies he is not sure if he can trust Floki. When Floki asks what he can do to gain his trust, Horik tells him to kill someone close to Ragnar. Floki gathers some mushrooms which he personally gives to Rollo, still recovering from his injuries, and also via Ubbe to Torstein. Later, Torstein appears to have died from poisoning. Floki, while comforting a grieving Bjorn, tearfully says they should find the one who murdered their friend and flay him.
King Horik visits Floki at his place, saying he did well and now Ragnar and his family should be killed. Bjorn, whom they think of as possibly protected by the Gods, is to be killed as well and Floki, Horik says, should find a way to do it. Floki spies on Bjorn, who pursues his lover Porunn in the woods.
During the night, King Horik secretly gathers his troops to attack Kattegat with the intention of killing Ragnar. When he makes his way to the Earl's Hall, it turns out that Floki has stayed true to Ragnar all along and was only acting as a double agent.
After asking Ragnar to spare his son and heir, Erlendur, King Horik is first struck by Lagertha and then by Torstein, revealed not to be dead after all. Dying, Horik falls to his knees before Ragnar. Floki sarcastically pats the King's face before walking away, leaving him to be finished by Ragnar.
Floki is an eccentric and joyful man with a bizarre and zany air about him and is often the source of entertainment among his friends. Though this is arguably a facade to hide the more serious and emotionally troubled man brooding beneath the surface. Nonetheless, he is sincere in his loyalty to Ragnar and is respected for his sharp intellect and wisdom. so much so that Ragnar trusted him to negotiate peace talks with King Horik on Ragnar's behalf. He is regarded as an equal, if nothing less than an individual of particularly high standing among the other warriors of Kattegat. Despite his seemingly nonchalant and apparently strange facade, Floki is very dedicated to and proud of his work. He finds joy and often laughs during their plunders, whether he is killing or discovering new things in the land they visit.
However one very important aspect of Floki's personality is his fierce devotion to the Norse Pantheon. Floki has shown on many occassions to be remarkably intolerant towards those who do not share his faith; particularly Christians. To him all Christians are untrustworthy and undeserving of mercy, including Athelstan, whom he often menaces and only seems to tolerate at the behest of Ragnar. In Floki's mind his faith and way of life are on a collision course with Christianity where one is doomed to be destroyed by the other. It is for this reason that he finds the idea of cooperating with the Christians or otherwise participating in their customs, even in an insincere manner such as Rollo's bapstim, to be a grave betrayal to the Norse Gods. He is prone to viewing many events as having religious or spiritual significance and even sees visions from his gods.
His second most defining trait is his complete and unswerving loyalty to Ragnar though this does mean he always agrees with Ragnar's course. He sees himself as Ragnars spiritual guardian and is always attempting to keep Ragnar loyal to the gods to the point he is willing to kill anyone he sees as threatening Ragnars spiritual well being. He views Athelstan as a direct threat to Ragnar's loyalty and belief in the gods, but this is part of a grander issue with Floki, which brings about some important material equivocations.
The anger and nervousness of Floki is something that keeps him from saving the life of Ragnar, who is not only absolutely inherently superior to Aelle, this keeps him from being a driving force with his peers. You see, Floki never DID communicate with Aelle, in a feasible manner. He was far too lost in his own imagination, also driven to starvation by the greed of King Aelle, and his chaotic circumstances. He seemed to have completely overlooked that while he was leaving everything to his imagination, Aelle was eating up widely-needed resources, and leaving too much for others to do for him, in to be the one who had to have tons of popularity. One of the greatest capabilities of Aelle was to amuse others, and make calls that nobody else wanted to. Generally, Aelle was so incredibly dysfunctional, that it was impossible to get rid of him in any knowable way without causing uncontrollable warfare, and sacrificing good, functional, intelligently genial things and people. For this reason, he was in such a degree of opposition to Floki, that it was inevitable that his actions would always contradict what Floki would think is right, while keeping Aelle in his own little childish world, devoid of thought. In this midst of this, the mind of Floki seems to reside completely in ignorance of the fact that Aelle succeeds because he believes some higher power, which he has stupidly, and inertly made from himself, in contradiction to even the most basic of logic, has completely factored who and what he is out of the equation, and assumed entitlement of something that has no capacity for duplication (It is for this reason, actually, that the least mentally, spiritually, and physically inert people are left to be miserly in Ragnar's settlements).
So, following this magnanimous conflict, which we see drawn out in the whole series, up to the end of the twenty-ninth episode, the behavioral profile on Floki becomes finalized, and we learn that he is combative, hyper-sensitive, abstract, and blind to his true happiness in his role, which is to actually have a real challenge, and be appreciated for every bit of it, rather than abused by the idiosyncratic obsessions of a tyrannical majority.
Floki's fighting style is unusual but practical. Instead of traditional Viking weapons such as the spear and long axe, Floki prefers a small hatchet and a long knife. Rather than taking a stand in the shield wall or "skjaldborg", where his skinny frame and lack of muscle would put him at a disadvantage in the shoving match, Floki would stand behind his brothers, pull through and savagely butcher any enemy soldier unwary or stupid enough to let himself be caught.
This tactic worked even against larger and stronger opponents as the enemy would be dazed and confused at being ripped through the shield wall and then Floki's speed and use of two weapons will quickly finish the opponent, who is unguarded and encumbered with a heavy shield. All in all this speaks for his quick thinking and, despite his skinny stature, being a lethal adversary who was not afraid to defy what is "usual" and invent his own ways. The man to cross the weak-looking eccentric warrior would be in for more than he'd bargained for.
Floki is also a very able and knowledgeable shipwright, creating the longship which allows Ragnar to travel west into Britain. Hints of a spiritual ability have been made throughout both seasons.
|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|
- Gustaf Skarsgård has stated that he thinks Floki considers himself a descendant of Loki, while some fans think he is a reincarnation of the god himself.
- As a key member of Earl Ragnar's Hird, Floki appears to hold the position of Skutilsvein, or 'table-man', one of the officers and advisers of the reigning lord who had the privilege of sitting at his lord's table during feasts. Indeed, Floki has been seen to feast at Ragnar's table on multiple occasions.
- As a shipwright, the Old Norse term for Floki's trade may have been Knarrarsmithr (literally 'boat-smith').
- The character Floki might be loosely based on Hrafna-Flóke Vilgerðarson, one of the crewmembers on the expedition who discovered Iceland. Hrafna means raven and this makes his name "Raven-Floki son of Vilgerd." He got the Raven-Floki nickname after the expedition to Iceland in which they used three ravens to help them navigate to new lands.
- Despite being a Viking and having sailed a lot, he doesn't know how to swim.