Harbard is a wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems.[src] He turns up unexpectedly in Kattegat when Ragnar and most of the men of the town are away raiding. Harbard will have a profound effect on Aslaug, Siggy and Helga all of whom have had the same dream, presaging his arrival.[src]
Harbard is hinted to be a manifestation of some God. Harbard is said to be another name for the god Odin. This is explained in Season 3 episode 5 by Floki in a conversation with Helga.
Season 3 Edit
He first appears in a dream of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga, seen as holding a ball of snow on fire with a bleeding hand. He then appears in Kattegat in front of Helga asking for help with a wound on his hand. He presents himself as a wanderer and a storyteller, and he is well received by Aslaug and Helga, especially after being able of cure Ivar's pain. However, he is received with suspicion by Siggy. After her death, he is received in a cold manner by both Aslaug and Helga before he takes his leave. At the end, Helga watches his departure as he vanishes in the fog, suggesting he is indeed a supernatural being.
Season 4 Edit
Harbard appears again at the door of the Great Hall during Queen Aslaug's desperation and solitute. He explains to her that he has heard her calls beyond oceans and has come to answer them. He asks to see Ivar first and when his mother asks him if he still remembers Harbard, the boy laughs. Later Harbard's presents himself as a husband, father to his mother and Ivar starts to become disturbed. Later, Sigurd discovers that Harbard is sleeping with most of the women in Kattegat. When Queen Aslaug who already has suspicions about Harbard's behavior, discovers it, she is enraged and destroys everything in the Great Hall. Harbard appears to speak to her despite her anger and jealousy. He peacefully tells her not to try to possess or control him before vanishing again.
Harbard seems to be a very wise character. He acts in a humble manner as someone who needs help, and who cares about everyone else, he also has a great sense of humour. But at the same time he neither shows mercy nor regret especially, when he sees Siggy drown or sleeps with queen Aslaug. Harbard is also a womanizer.
Some people even say he is one of the Nordic gods.
Harbard is the second confirmed mythological character in the series after Odin, and is suggested to possess some kind of supernatural power, through actions such as appearing in the dreams of the three women before his arrival, relieving Ivar's pain, and vanishing into the mist as he leaves Kattegat.
The Seer, when questioned by Siggy, said that Harbard was only doing good. It's possible also that he was Thor, the protector of humanity in the Norse pantheon, ensuring that humans in Midgard are healthy and prosperous.
- "Harbard" is one of the names Odin goes by. Harbard is also the ferryman in Eddic poem The Hárbarðsljóð. Early theories suggested the ferryman to be Loki, but today it's universally assumed by scholars that the ferryman is Odin.
- ↑ Klaus Von See, et al., editors, Kommentar zu den Liedern der Edda, ISBN 3-8253-0534-1, 2:155; Carol Clover, "Hárbardsljóð as Generic Farce", in The Poetic Edda, Essays on Old Norse Mythology. Edited by Paul Acker and Carolyne Larrington, 2002, ISBN 0-8153-1660-7, pp. 117-18, n.55.
|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|
|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|