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A woman will one day rule in Kattegat.

– The Seer to Aslaug, What Might Have Been

The Seer is the Oracle of Kattegat. Seers are mystical soothsayers with supernatural powers who can communicate with the gods & answer questions about the future and one's fate in life. Vikings believe that their fate is already decided, and turn to seers to translate the gods' wishes and intentions.

Biography Edit

History Edit

His past is as obscure as his own character. It is not known if his deformity is congenital, by disease or even violence - neither can we be sure if he even has eyesight. His shamanic abilities (including visions), however, can be confirmed - which probably makes him one of the most revered characters in Kattegat. Enjoying a status oftentimes more momentous than the king himself, he is seen as straddling two worlds, in contact with the gods. These rarest of abilities make him not only honoured & valued but also essential.

Personality Edit

The Seer is devoted to the Norse gods, and has a gruff, impertinent, meek though wise persona. He also seems very aged, and possibly with great direct life wisdom/experience as much wisdom from the gods. Like Floki, he sees other religions as a threat to his religion. When Earl Haraldson reveals his doubts about the existence of said gods, the Seer laughs at him as if he is a fool. The Seer is tormented by his visions, once telling Lagertha that he does not wish to relate her future since he sees only sorrow. ("All Change") The seer also tends to think and speak in laconisms. This indicates a strong visual mind (much like Floki) but overly-active nerves - strangely so, for our mystic is in fact so inert that he resides in a state of self-imposed hermeticism - in itself a horrible condition, as opposed to the hustle-bustle environment more often expressed in Vikings. Unlike Floki, however, he does not seem overtly intolerant of other religions (particularly Christianity). He never expresses his feelings (fear, happiness, ambition or preoccupation). Neither does he show any political view or affiliation; he is seen giving counsel to, among others, Ragnar, Earl Haraldson, Jarl Borg, Rollo, Lagertha and Aslaug - forewarning one against the other. He also shows little concern regarding the apparition of Harbard, which is conceivably a manifestation of the Gods. He does, however, suffer for his art and we are shown him suffering in one of his related dreams.

Many of the Seer's prophecies are deliberately ambigious, as he himself has said that the prophecy must only be fully realised once it's too late to change it. He also has said that humanity cannot handle too much of reality, and this also may permit some degree of free will or contemplation in the recipient of his counsel. For instance, he told Rollo about his impending Dukedom in Francia, though in the manner that if he knew what was in store he "would dance naked on the beach", and that "the Bear will marry a Princess and he will be at the ceremony".  Moreover, he told Ragnar that whilst the dead but not the living would conquer Paris, the Bear would marry a Princess and it would not bode well for him. This intrinsic ambiguity allows a variety of interpretations and choices, without compelling the recipient to any firm course of action. 

Quotes Edit

I see an eagle. I see that an eagle hovers over you. But I also see that you yourself are the eagle.

– The Seer to Jarl Borg, Eye For an Eye

I see a harvest celebrated in blood. I see a trickster whose weapon cleaves you. I see a city made of marble. And a burning, broiling ocean.

– The Seer to Lagertha, Mercenary

I can see that not the living, but the dead, will conquer Paris.

– The Seer to Lagertha, The Usurper

You will die on the day that the blind man sees you.

– The Seer to Ragnar, A Good Treason

A woman will one day rule in Kattegat.

– The Seer to Aslaug, What Might Have Been

Trivia Edit

  • The Seer appears to be afflicted with leprosy, and lives alone. If not for his skills as a shamanic Seidman, he would likely be an outcast. But instead he is one of the most respected characters in Kattegat.
  • The normal term for a "seer" in Norse society would be a Seidmadhr or Spaemadhr, though it was rare for a man to be practicing 'magic', so this role normally belonged to women called Völvas. In the original script, the Seer was actually a woman.
  • The reference to 'blind seers' is common in Celtic culture: some sources claim that the irish fildhe (druid-poets) were ritually blinded with hot iron, and blind prophets such as the Greek Tiresias (or even the bard Homer himself) suggest that ritual blinding of prophets and bards was seen as a way of ensuring that their prophetic or poetic powers could be drawn only from spiritual sources.

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
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

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Seer

  • The Seer

    17 messages
    • I'm looking for the scene where the Seer tells Ragnar he will die on the day the blind man sees him, According to wikia it's during ...
    • yeah i really need that scene too for a tribute i'm making and i just can't find it
  • Is the Seer, real?

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    • He seems to appear to individuals only, whom are always severely stressed, in dire situations. They had loads of shrooms as well.
    • Interesting thought. But, at least me, i had never the impression of him being not real.