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Rollo
Portrayed by Clive Standen
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Status: Alive
Livelihood: Viking
Significant Other/s: Siggy
Siblings: Ragnar Lothbrok (brother)
Relatives: Bjorn (nephew)
Gyda† (niece)
Ubbe (nephew)
Hvitserk (nephew)
Sigurd (nephew)
Ivar (nephew)
Character Information
Season/s: 1, 2
First appearance: "Rites of Passage"
Appearance Count: 19

Rollo is the brother of Ragnar Lothbrok  . A fearsome warrior with a wild, impulsive streak, Rollo has begun to grow jealous of his increasingly prominent brother, Ragnar. Though Ragnar has promised Rollo they will always be equals, tensions constantly threaten their relationship. His loyalty is continuously tested against his own raw ambition and unfulfilled passion for Ragnar's ex-wife Lagertha .

Much like the wolf Fenrir, who was destined to kill Odin at Ragnarök, envious Rollo, now too wild to chain, bides his time and circles his brother.

Biography Edit

Early Life Edit

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Season 1 Edit

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As of "A King's Ransom", Rollo has been baptized and given the Christian name Rolf. Although he does not take this seriously, he takes considerable chiding from Floki for offending their Norse gods, but in truth remains as staunch a pagan as any of his comrades.

Season 2 Edit

In "Brother's War", Rollo fights with Jarl Borg against his brother Ragnar and King Horik . During the battle, Rollo critically injures Floki and kills Arne, impaling him with a spear and almost superhumanly lifting him skyward above the fray, although Arne's death struck Rollo with some guilt for striking down his former comrade. When Rollo is confronted by Ragnar for face-to-face combat, Rollo can not bring himself to fight his brother and surrenders, thereby ending the battle between the two forces. Ragnar, King Horik and Borg then strike an uneasy alliance to go on raids together in the West, and Rollo is taken captive, to be judged for his betrayal of the men from Kattegat. "Not that you'd care, brother," exclaims Ragnar to his captive brother, "but your niece, Gyda, is dead."

Although the villagers want him to be sentenced to death, the Law-Giver, bribed by Ragnar with a piece of Saxon gold, announces that he has decided to spare Rollo, reasoning that if the gods had wanted him dead, he would have died already in battle. Rollo indirectly apologizes to Ragnar by explaining that he merely wanted to step out of his brother's shadow, yet found no sunlight when he did. Humiliated, Rollo decides to leave Kattegat, although Siggy, his lover, convinces him to stay.

In "Invasion", four years later, Rollo has descended into self-destructive behaviour. He is found by Siggy sleeping outside in the snow, apparently more the worse for wear from drinking. She wakes him up by throwing cold water in his face. She tells Rollo he has become a disgrace. The only way Rollo can restore his honor is by asking forgiveness from Ragnar and permission to raid with his brother in England. In a private meeting with Ragnar, he asks to be included in the raiding party. Ragnar acknowledges that Rollo has suffered, but other people have suffered much more because of what he has done. Ragnar needs to think about forgiving Rollo and will give his decision later. King Horik and Jarl Borg arrives in Kattegat to have a meeting with Ragnar for their raid in the West. Rollo enters to ask Ragnar's decision. Ragnar accepts him back as his brother, but forbids him to go raiding with them. Rollo halfheartedly accepts this decision. At the feast in the hall of Earl Ragnar with Horik and Borg, Rollo is sitting solemnly with them. Jarl Borg, having been told King Horik does not want to raid with him, tries to lure Rollo back to his side but is only met with a punch in his face. When the fleet of Ragnar and King Horik sail to England, Rollo watches from a distance angrily throws his ax in the direction of the departing ships.

However, despite his personal problems with Ragnar, Rollo does his best to defend Kattegat against Jarl Borg when he comes for revenge. Unfortunately with many of Kattegat's young men on a raid with Ragnar, Rollo is forced to retreat and save Ragnar's wife and children from Jarl Borg's wrath.

Rollo leads his brother's family and Siggy to a farm where they awaits the winter. He travels from town to town in search for people willing to fight Jarl Borg before Ragnar returns. Despite finding too few warriors for an open battle against Borg's men, Siggy is happy to see Rollo finally believes in something worth living for. Led by Floki's lover Helga, Ragnar and his men make their way to the farm, where he is reunited with his family and brother. Ragnar tells he wants to destroy Jarl Borg, but Rollo says they have to few men to do so, despite his search for new warriors. However, unexpected help comes from Ragnar's ex-wife Lagertha and their son Bjorn, now grown up, who brought a small band of warriors from Hedeby.

Rollo is surprised and happy to see Lagertha back, possibly due to his previous feelings for her. After setting the winter supplies of Kattegat on fire to draw Jarl Borg out, Ragnar and his new forces manage to drive the Jarl out of Kattegat. After the battle, Rollo compliments his nephew Bjorn, but Ragnar harshly says his son has much to learn. Back in the village of Kattegat, Rollo is about to sacrifice a slave man to Odin when Ragnar tells him to stop, only to hand over the axe to Bjorn, somewhat to Rollo's surprise.

Siggy asks Rollo if he still loves Lagertha. He replies he does in some way, but that he has put it in the past. 

A messenger informs Ragnar that King Horik and his son barely escaped an attack from King Ecbert's forces. When King Horik himself arrives in Kattegat, he wishes to attack Wessex again to punish King Ecbert. Ragnar and Rollo agree, but the Earl wants to deal with Jarl Borg first. King Horik understands Ragnar but he says that they need Borg's men and ships if they are to go to Wessex again. He says that Rollo should go to Götaland to ask Jarl Borg to restore the alliance between himself, Ragnar and King Horik. At his departure from Kattegat, Siggy, King Horik and even Torstein, the man who wished Rollo to be executed earlier, whishes him success on his journey.

When Rollo arrives in Götaland and meets Jarl Borg, they sit at a table with a cloth covering something. When Rollo asks what it is, Jarl Borg reveals it is the skull of his first wife, who he still asks for advice. Rollo says Ragnar wants Borg to join the alliance again, as unlike Borg and himself, Ragnar looks beyond revenge and is a practical man: Ragnar and King Horik needs Borg's help to raid in Wessex. Jarl Borg asks the skull if he should go, before kissing it intensely, and says he should go.

Rollo returns to Kattegat on board of Jarl Borg's ship. At a feast in the Earl's hall, Jarl Borg confronts Ragnar while Rollo curiously observes from a distance. During the night, Rollo, Torstein, Floki and other men from Kattegat lock Borg's men inside the barn and set it on fire to burn them alive. They seize Jarl Borg in his bedroom. Rollo seems to enjoy watching as Floki and Torstein savagely beat the Jarl up. Alarmed by the commotion, King Horik enters the Earl's hall to ask Ragnar what is going on. Rollo and the other men drag Jarl Borg inside and drop him on the ground before Ragnar. Ragnar says he cannot forgive Jarl Borg for what he has done to his family and will take revenge by carving a blood eagle on his back.

King Horik asks Ragnar to postpone the execution of Jarl Borg, as they still have no new ally to help them in their raids. Rollo asks Horik if Ragnar should reprieve Jarl Borg after all he has done, to which the King replies the execution might discourage and deter any possible allies from joining them. Rollo resents Ragnar constantly doing King Horik's bidding, to which Ragnar replies Horik is the King.

A messenger from a possible new ally confronts Rollo, saying he has news Ragnar wants to hear. Later, he tells Siggy they found a new ally, someone called Earl Ingstad. When they are having sex, Rollo starts to hurt Siggy, asking him why she has sex with King Horik. She tells him she does it for him, as King Horik and Ragnar are allies now but eventually will fight each other, and Rollo will have to choose between them.

When Jarl Borg is subjected to the blood eagle, Rollo watches along with the rest of the people of Kattegat and seems to be affected at the end.

Rollo, now fully accepted back and forgiven by his brother Ragnar, is allowed to join the Norsemen on their raid on Wessex. He seems to be specifically caring for Bjorn, as in Kattegat he spars with his younger nephew and later on the sea he comforts him, saying he will always be on his side.

In Wessex after setting camp, Rollo notices tension between Ragnar and King Horik, for Ragnar expresses the wish to make peace with King Ecbert while King Horik only wants revenge. Rollo also notices Floki has sided with Horik, ironically after Floki was much disgusted with Rollo for being baptised as a Christian and later betraying them by fighting with Jarl Borg. When an envoy, among them King Ecbert's son Aethelwulf arrives at the Viking camp, Rollo instructs the men to set up a shield wall and narrow the passage into the camp in case it is a ruse. However, Aethelwulf and Ragnar agree they will meet King Ecbert at his villa in a peaceful manner. However, King Horik, not interested in peace or any negotiation, secretly sends his son Erlendur to attack the envoy on their return, sparing only Aethelwulf.

As a result, a battle is inevitable. Ragnar wants to approach their enemy with caution but King Horik, believing they have the advantage, insists in attacking head on. King Ecbert signals King Aella to attack with his own forces, resulting in a deciding defeat of the Vikings. Rollo kills multiple soldiers but is attacked by Aethelwulf on horse resulting in him falling down on the ground and being trampled by multiple horses. Unable to come to his aid, Ragnar and Bjorn has to leave the battlefield without Rollo. While Ecbert's and Aella's soldiers are picking the wounded Viking warriors, Athelstan finds Rollo. When King Ecbert gives his sympathy to the priest, Athelstan informs them Rollo is still alive. King Aella recognizes him as Ragnar's brother and says they should kill him, but Ecbert orders Rollo to be taken care of as he is an important man.

In Wessex, Athelstan goes to Rollo to look after him. Seeing the former priest in his new clothes, Rollo says King Horik was right about Athelstan betraying them. He also add that if he had the strength to kill him now, he would.

Rollo is later released by King Ecbert as part of the agreement that the Norsemen will fight as mercenaries for Princess Kwenthrith in exchange for some lands they can farm.

Ragnar sails home to Kattegat with his injured brother, where Siggy and a servant woman take care of Rollo's injures

After recovering, Rollo has been resting most of the time and he has not yet been able to walk. During a attempts to walk, he uses a cain to support himself, but he only falls to the floor. Siggy tells him not to give up, he asks her why she cares and she responds by saying she does not know why, but she still believes that he might still be useful in some way. Rollo asks to who, Siggy does not awnser, but she takes an axe and places in infront of Rollo to reach.

Later at, King Horik has launched an attack on Kattegat and two of his men enter Rollo's home. Rollo now able to stand, gets up and attacks the two men with his axe high. It's assumed that Rollo won the fight.

Personality Edit

Rollo originally appears as a wild, impulsive and aggressive man who is often the first Viking to strike down an enemy. Ragnar criticizes his bother for only focusing on attack, not realizing the value of diplomacy or tactics. He is also a womanizer even though he ha s a well-concealed attraction to his sister-in-law, Lagertha, who is more than aware of his interest in her, but has rejected him. Though originally promised by Ragnar that they will be of equal rank, Rollo became irritated when his brother "forbade" him from killing the monk Athelstan during the raid against Lindisfarne, and his jealousy grew ever greater when Ragnar was declared Jarl of Kattegat. Fearing that he would forever remain in his brother's shadow, Rollo was convinced by Jarl Borg to switch sides and fight against King Horik and Ragnar Lothbrok. During the battle he did not hesitate to strike down former comrades, even killing his best friend Arne and severely wounding Floki. However, when he was about to face Ragnar in single combat he fell to his knees and said that he could not fight his own brother. The depression after realizing the terrible acts he had done drove Rollo into alcoholism, heavy even by Viking standards.

After his brother forgave him, Rollo vowed to redeem himself and developed an unbreakable loyalty to his brother. This went so far that, when Borg tried to convince Rollo to abandon Ragnar for good, Rollo struck his face but refrained from killing him because it would lead to war between Kattegat and Götaland, proving that Rollo has become a more sensible person. When Jarl Borg later on invaded Kattegat, Rollo was determined not to fail his brother again and gathered a fragile warband of old men, women and children. Even when defeat was obvious, Rollo was more than ready to give his life in battle and would only reluctantly run away after the village elder convinced him that protecting Ragnar's family was more important than the village.

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Rollo has grown from a wild and impulsive warrior to one whose ferocity is increasingly matched by his wisdom - and readiness to lead.

Now there is no longer any jealousy or rivalry between the two Lothbrok brothers and Rollo is undoubtedly loyal to Ragnar as Jarl of Kattegat, and also cares deeply for Ragnar's family (particularly Bjorn, who he is fond of both during his nephew's childhood and adulthood, complimenting the young warrior for his skills in battle). His relationship with Siggy, however, does not seem to be a very loving one and after realizing that she has slept with King Horik, he almost strangles her during sex but lets go of her throat after a short moment.

He continues to fight for Ragnar loyally and bravely throughout the rest of the series, protecting Lagertha during a battle and participating in the great battle in the mist against the combined forces of Wessex and Northumbria, though he is trampled by cavalry and captured.

When he sees Athelstan dressed once again as a priest of England, he grabs his former friend's throat and mutters that he would kill him if he had enough strength.

Abilities and skill Edit

Large and powerful, Rollo is a fearsome warrior and one of the best fighters in Kattegat alongside his brother. His weapon-of-choice being a large, two-handed Danish axe that he wields with the same ease other men handle a smaller, single-handed battle-axe. Jarl Borg compliments his reputation as a great warrior, as Rollo has proven himself capable of killing multiple enemies in a single battle. His power is enough to cause Jarl Borg to bleed profusely from the mouth after a single punch. During the battle between Jarl Borg's forces and the combined forces of Ragnar and King Horik, with Rollo siding with Borg, at the height of battle, Rollo impaled his former comrade, One-Eye, with a spear and hoisted him high above the battlefield, displaying almost superhuman strength.
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Rollo, with an almost superhuman effort, hoists the impaled One-Eye high over the field of battle.

His power also makes him an important foundation stone in shield-walls, as he is able to shove back numerous opponents. Despite his muscular build, he is also deceptively fast, demonstrated by his defeat of Floki - a character known for his quick combat style with small weapons. Rollo's combat skill is so great that his switching sides in the conflict between Jarl Borg and King Horik is considered enough to greatly increase the former's advantage, despite more than a hundred warriors participating in the subsequent battle.

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

  • Rollo's tattoo depicts Fenrir's sons, Hatí (hate) and Sköll (treachery), chasing the sun and the moon — a scene from Norse Mythology.
  • Rollo's social status in Kattegat may be that of a Thegn or a Hersir, assuming he possesses actual land-holdings like his brother Ragnar. The authority he wielded in the defence of Kattegat during the attack by Jarl Borg may attest to this.

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