Svein was Earl Haraldson's devoted steward and right-hand man in Kattegat. A dwarfish and malevolent man, Svein's psychopathic tendencies were put to effective used by Haraldson, and Svein's more than willing to get his hands dirty in order to take care of business on behalf of his earl—as long as he's got bigger henchmen to back him up. Even murdering children wasn't beneath him.
When Haraldson was slain by Ragnar Lothbrok in single combat, Svein demanded that members of Haraldson's household guards kill Ragnar before Rollo, whom Svein had horribly tortured beforehand, buried an axe in his chest.
- The Old Norse term Stivardur (steward) would describe Svein's status in Kattegat, as well as being one of the Hirdmenn (sworn household warriors) of Earl Haraldson.
|Season one appearances|
|Rites of Passage||Wrath of the Northmen||Dispossessed|
|Trial||Raid||Burial of the Dead|
|A King's Ransom||Sacrifice||All Change|