|Portrayed by Clive Standen|
|Significant Other/s:||Siggy (lover)|
|Siblings:||Ragnar Lothbrok (younger brother)|
|Relatives:|| Bjorn (nephew)|
Gyda † (niece)
|Season/s:||1, 2. 3|
|First appearance:||Rites of Passage|
|Appearance Count:||19 (all)|
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 desire for Ragnar's ex-wife Lagertha.
Early Life Edit
At some point in his life of war and battle, Rollo developed into a berserker, a warrior who fights with reckless abandon and absolutely no regard for his own life or safety.
Season 1 Edit
work in progress
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," declares Ragnar coldly 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 that he has become a disgrace. She urges him to seek redemption of his honor by asking forgiveness from Ragnar and permission to be included in the next raid on England. Ragnar acknowledges that Rollo has suffered, but other people have suffered much more because of what he has done. Ragnar needs to consider the matter. King Horik and Jarl Borg arrives in Kattegat to meet with Ragnar with regard to their planned raid of England. During the conclave, Ragnar publicly acknowledges and accepts Rollo back as his brother, but forbids him to go raiding with them. Rollo is grateful for Ragnar's forgiveness, but is disappointed at but accepting of his exclusion from the raid. 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. As the Viking fleet sails down the fjord on its way to England, a frustrated Rollo watches from the clifftops, longing to be off raiding once more.
In Ragnar's absence, however, his decision to exclude Rollo turns out to be as prophetic as it is wise. With Jarl Borg also excluded from the raid due to Horik's mistrust, Kattegat is regarded by the angry Borg as easy pickings while Ragnar's off raiding England with almost all of his most capable warriors. With Borg's forces sailing up the fjord, Rollo quickly rouses himself from his frustration and self-pity to organize and mount a hurried but worthy defense of Kattegat. Jarl Borg ultimately captures Kattegat, but not as easily as he'd anticipated. Rollo's resistance, meanwhile, has bought him the time and opportunity to evacuate Ragnar's wife, Princess Aslaug, and young sons, saving them from Jarl Borg's wrath.
Rollo leads his brother's family and Siggy to the shelter of a remote farm where they await the return of Ragnar. During their exile, Rollo combs the area for warriors willing to fight Jarl Borg when Ragnar returns. Despite his futile efforts, Siggy is heartened to see Rollo finding purpose as a warrior and a man once more.
Word, meanwhile, has reached Ragnar of Jarl Borg's treachery and of the flight of his family. Sailing back home with all possible haste, Ragnar is brought by Helga, Floki's woman, to the farmhouse where his family has found refuge. Reunited with his family, an angry Ragnar tells Rollo he wants to destroy Jarl Borg. Rollo, having in the past played the rash, impulsive warrior to his normally cautious and deliberate brother, reins his brother in, counseling him against the futility of an attack at present with so few warriors at their disposal.
Unexpected help soon comes, however, when Lagertha, Ragnar's former wife, and Björn, his oldest son, now taller than Ragnar and as powerfully-built as Rollo, arrive at the head of a column of warriors.
Rollo is surprised and genuinely happy to see Lagertha once more, and seemingly not on the basis of his past desire for her. Rollo also is impressed at how tall and powerful Björn has grown, but observes that he still hasn't grown a proper beard.
With an adequate force at his disposal, Ragnar can now properly plan to oust Jarl Borg from Kattegat. Ragnar, Björn, and two other men slip into the village by night, where they put to the torch the stores of grain set aside for the winter. With the onset of winter around the corner, the lack of winter grain makes Jarl Borg's grasp on Kattegat untenable. Angered at Ragnar's efforts, Jarl Borg and his forces ride out of Kattegat in pursuit, predictably. Having drawn Jarl Borg out, Ragnar's forces spring a trap. The ensuing battle is a victory for Ragnar, with Jarl Borg barely escaping with his life. In the wake of the engagement, Rollo compliments Björn on his fighting prowess. Ragnar, however, is quick to criticize his son for his recklessness, telling him he has much to learn. Ragnar and his allies return to Kattegat in triumph. Later, as Rollo is about to behead a captive as a sacrifice to Odin, Ragnar intervenes, handing the axe to Björn, who does the honors. Rollo seems surprised, but not chagrined.
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's thirst for vengeance, but points out that they need Borg's men and ships if they are to go to Wessex again due to the losses they sustained during their last foray. 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, wishes him success on his journey.
Arriving in Götaland, Rollo meets with Jarl Borg, delivering the proposal of resuming the alliance between Jarl Borg, Ragnar, and King Horik. Before agreeing, Jarl Borg consults with the skull of his late first wife. "What do you say, my love?" Borg asks the skull, kissing it intently. His new second wife, in the room, looks away. "You think I should go?" Turning to a bemused Rollo, Jarl Borg says, "She thinks I should go."
Rollo returns to Kattegat along with Jarl Borg. Jarl Borg confers with Ragnar while Rollo observes from a distance. During the night, Rollo, Torstein, and Floki lead a party that locks Borg's men inside the barn in which they'd been quartered, sets it aflame, and burns them alive. Bursting into Jarl Borg's sleeping chambers, they seize Borg and subject him to a brutal beating. When one of the men moves to attack Borg's pregnant wife, Rollo stops him. "That's not necessary," he tells him.
King Horik enters the Earl's hall to ask Ragnar what is going on. Rollo and the other men drag Jarl Borg inside and deposit him at Ragnar's feet. 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 that Horik is the king.
A messenger from a possible new ally arrives. Later, Rollo tells Siggy that they've 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. Jarl Borg is subjected to the blood eagle. Rollo watches along with the rest of the people of Kattegat.
Rollo, now fully redeemed by his defense of Kattegat and by his protection of Ragnar's wife and sons, is once more included in his brother's westward endeavors. He grows particularly close to his eldest nephew, Björn, taking it upon himself to spar with and train the younger warrior in preparation for the upcoming return to Wessex. At sea on the voyage back to England, he encourages and reassures Björn, ensuring him that he'll always be by his side.
Setting camp in Wessex, Rollo notices the tension between Ragnar and King Horik. Ragnar seeks to first approach King Ecbert in a spirit of diplomacy and cooperation, while King Horik wants only revenge and plunder. Rollo also notices Floki gravitating toward Horik. 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, Ragnar accepts Aethelwulf's invitation to meet King Ecbert at his villa in a peaceful manner. King Horik, however, has no interest in diplomacy or negotiation, secretly sending a company of warriors under his son Erlandur into the forest to ambush Aethelwulf and his escort on their way back, intentionally sparing only Aethelwulf.
As a result, battle is inevitable. A frustrated Ragnar wants to approach their enemy with deliberation, but King Horik, disdaining such caution, leads them into a trap. When the Saxon forces are spotted, Horik insists in attacking head on. King Ecbert, having studied the strategies of Caesar and the Roman legions of old, has drawn the Northmen onto a battlefield of his own choosing. The Northmen find themselves between multiple bodies of the allied forces of King Ecbert and King Aella. Assailed by coordinated attacks by both mounted cavalry and infantry, The warriors of Ragnar, Lagertha, and Horik suffer heavy losses before fighting their way out of the trap and into headlong retreat. During the fray, Rollo fights valiantly, killing many. Spotting Prince Aethelwulf, Rollo heads toward him with murderous intent, but ends up wounded, then trampled by horses. Unable to come to his aid, Ragnar and Björn are forced to flee the field without him.
In the battle's aftermath, the Saxon soldiers are finishing off wounded Viking warriors when Athelstan finds the gravely-wounded Rollo, saving him from a final spear-thrust. King Aella recognizes him as Ragnar's brother. King Ecbert, realizing Rollo's importance and potential use, orders him cared for. Later, back at Ecbert's villa, Athelstan goes to Rollo to look after him. Seeing Athelstan in his priestly attire, Rollo says King Horik was right about Athelstan betraying them, regretting his lack of adequate strength to kill him.
Rollo is later released by King Ecbert as part of an agreement with the Northmen that includes payment of gold and silver, 5,000 acres of good farming land in Wessex, as well as recruiting those Northmen willing to fight as mercenaries for Princess Kwenthrith in her efforts to rule Mercia.
Ragnar sails home to Kattegat with his injured brother, where Siggy and a servant woman take care of Rollo's injuries. During his lengthy recovery, an increasingly-frustrated Rollo has been bedridden and barely able to stand, much less walk. Siggy insists he not give up, saying she believes that he might still be useful. Before leaving, she places an axe within Rollo's sight.
Later, during King Horik's assault on Kattegat, two of his men enter Rollo's home. Rollo, having by now reached the axe Siggy left for him, engages them in combat. Even in his wounded state, Rollo's power and skill as a warrior are fearsome.
Personality and traits Edit
Rollo originally appears as a wild, impulsive, aggressive, and hedonistic man with sociopathic tendencies who is often the first Viking to strike down an enemy. Ragnar criticizes his brother for only focusing on attack, not realizing the value of diplomacy or tactics. He is also a womanizer, although his deepest - albeit well-concealed - desire is for 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 resentful when his brother forbade him from killing the monk, Athelstan, during the raid on Lindisfarne. His jealousy deepened when Ragnar rose to the position of earl. 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. During the subsequent battle he did not hesitate to strike down former comrades, even killing his best friend Arne and severely wounding Floki. However, when he faced Ragnar in battle, he fell to his knees in surrender, being unable and unwilling to 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.
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 in his priestly vestments, he grabs his former friend's throat and mutters that he would kill him if he had enough strength.
Beyond his wildness, Rollo tends to be one of the more emotional people of his community,but one of his biggest flaws is his self-pity because he believes people should fell sorry for him. However, Rollo does not see opportunities for himself to be happy, and is thus crippled by existential pain when he should be in the counsel of his brother, warning him of things to come, when Floki cannot allot his great abstract mind to do so. Rollo is an intense student of combat, and can actively predict whether someone will win or lose in a battle, which he shows in how he trains others, which also hints at an intellect akin to Floki's, and staunch realism.
Abilities and skills EditLarge and powerful, with a ferocity to match, Rollo is a fearsome warrior and one of the best fighters in Kattegat alongside his brother. Equally adept with axe, spear, or sword, his weapon-of-choice is 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. Rollo's been known to fight as a berserker, disdaining armor and wading headlong into battle in a fury. 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. 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. It's also likely that Rollo is ambidextrous, since during the battle to defend Kattegat against the invading Jarl Borg, Rollo is seen throwing spears - with deadly accuracy - with either hand.
|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|
- Rollo's tattoo depicts Fenrir's sons, Hatí (hate) and Sköll (treachery), chasing the sun and the moon — a scene from Norse Mythology.
- Tradition has Rollo's mother being a woman named Hildr Hrólfsdóttir, which means "Battle Daughter of Famous Wolf". Rollo is a Latin translation from the Old Norse name Hrólfr. This would mean Rollo was named after his maternal grandfather.
- According to Clive Standen, the god Rollo principally worships is Thor.