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Floki
Portrayed by Gustaf Skarsgård
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Status: Alive
Allegiance: Ragnar Lothbrok
Livelihood: Boat Builder, Skutilsvein
Significant Other/s: Helga (wife)
Children: Angrboda (daughter)
Character Information
Season/s: 1, 2
First appearance: Rites of Passage
Appearance Count: 19
I build boats Ragnar, you're the navigator.

–Floki, Invasion

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.

Biography Edit

Season 1 Edit

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Floki is 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, pulled 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.

Personality Edit

Floki is an eccentric and joyful man. He has a bizarre and zany air about him and is often the source of entertainment among his friends. Nonetheless, he is regarded as an equal among the other Viking warriors.

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. He is also fiercely devoted to their faith, and disapproves of Rollo's conversion to Christianity, even if it meant nothing to him.

Abilities Edit

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. 

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

Trivia Edit

  • 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 loosly 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.

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