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I love you. As long as I can remember, I have desired you, and although I thought it was power that I wanted, it’s not true. All I ever really wanted was you. And seeing that you are still young enough, I hope and I dream that we can have a child together. Then my happiness would be complete.

– Kalf to Lagertha, Mercy

Kalf was the Earl of Hedeby. He was young and Lagertha was fond of him and trusted him to look after her affairs while she was away. But Kalf was more ambitious and calculating than he appeared. He had usurped her, to become the Earl, while she was on a raid in England, but she managed to reclaim her title by killing him.

Biography Edit

Season 3 Edit

While being left in charge of Hedeby during Lagertha's travel to Wessex, Kalf was charged by her to deal with Einar who was inciting rebellion against her. But when he was about to execute Einar in a boat in a middle of a lake, Einar reuested Kalf's axe and was given it. Einar told him it was a bad choice. but Kalf persuaded him to join a plot to gather support to overthrow Lagertha and take her title and lands. Kalf was proclaimed the new Earl of Hedeby with the help of Einar.

Later he was asked by him what they would do when Lagertha returns and that she would probably have Ragnar on her side. He said he had already found an ally and that he was on his way. Later when he was sleeping with two women, he was awoken by Einar saying that his ally had arrived. His ally revealed to be Erlendur now married with Torvi wife of the late Jarl Borg , both linked to people killed by Lagertha and Ragnar and with many motives to hate them.

Lagertha eventually returned to discover she had been usurped. Angered and wanting revenge, shevisitedher former husband, but Ragnar instead preferred to go to Hedeby with her and talk to him. Lagertha did not want to negotiate. Ragnar and Lagertha arrived in Hedeby. but to Lagertha's annoyance, instead of demanding Kalf abdicate, Ragnar invited him and Erlendur to join his Raid on Frankia, to which Erlendur and Kalf gladly accept.

Later they arrive in Kattegat with his boats and soldiers. Kalf has invited Earl Siegfried to join them but things still tense with him and Lagertha. He later told her he always desired her, but she remained cold with him even during the travel. When they arrive in Frankia, during the table discussion he suggested a day attack. He and Lagertha eventually led the attack on the bridge. They led the Ram to the gates and kept the soldiers. With the help of Earl Siegfried and the horses they where able to open the gates. But when they got inside the bridge Count Odo launched the Spike throwing machine annihilating the men in the front. They were eventually forced to retreat.

Later he was present at the night attack. Lagertha and the other shield maidens opened the gates. and later Rollo was able to stop another of the Count spike machines. He and others were able to charge and fight. but again the Count and the soldiers managed to hold on and close the bridge. he and the others were able to escape. but Earl Siegfried and Sinric got trapped inside and were captured.

He later appeared talking to Lagertha after she bathes. he says he wants her with him back in Hedeby. she asks if he accepts her demands that she will never trust him and that one day she will kill him. He doubts and thinks a little, but eventually kiss her and they both go to bed.

Season 4 Edit

After their successful raid on Paris, Kalf returns to Hedeby with Lagertha, Torvi ,Erelendur and the rest of their warriors. He announces that both he and Lagertha will govern Hedeby as co-rulers, which gets a mixed reaction from their people. After being pressured by Einar to banish Lagertha, he organizes the mass execution of everyone who wished Lagertha gone, via crossbow.

Sometime later, Erelendur tells Kalf about Bjorn's trip into the wilderness, and the two discuss a plan on how to assassinate him. Kalf suggests hiring a "Berserker" to kill him, which they later end up doing. Kalf is suprised to find Bjorn alive and well in Yol, when he visits Hedeby.

In Promised, Kalf makes his marriage proposal to Lagertha. She is surprised, and reveals to Kalf that she is carrying his child. She accepts his offer. Later, during their wedding ceremony, Lagertha stabs Kalf with a knife she had hidden in her dress. Kalf dies in her arms, right before Lagertha exits the tent and declares herself the sole earl of Hedeby.

Quotes Edit

I love you. As long as I can remember, I have desired you, and although I thought it was power that I wanted, it’s not true. All I ever really wanted was you. And seeing that you are still young enough, I hope and I dream that we can have a child together. Then my happiness would be complete.

– Kalf to Lagertha, Mercy

Trivia Edit

  • In an Norse earl's Hird (warband), Kalf would hold the rank or office of a Forungi (commander).
  • As a native son of Hedeby in Jutland (Danish mainland), Kalf is of Jutish tribal descent.

Appearances Edit

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

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