|“||The Gods are not always meant to be understood||”|
–Torvi to Astrid in The Reckoning
Torvi is a Shield-maiden, and the Ex-wife of Jarl Borg. After Jarl Borg's death, by Ragnar, and the birth of their son Guthrum, Torvi marries the abusive Erlendur. Some years later, Torvi kills Erlendur and goes to live in Kattegat with her third and now ex-husband, Bjorn Ironside. Her current lover is Ubbe.
A celebration has begun in Götaland as the widower Jarl Borg has found a new wife - Torvi. He recalls how his first wife died within an hour of being wed, her wine having been poisoned by his own brother. Jarl Borg muses that it could not possibly happen a second time. When the wine is poured, Torvi volunteers to take the first drink. Before the cup reaches her lips, however, Jarl Borg stops her, saying that he could not stand for it to happen again. Drinking from the cup himself, After pretending to die, Borg declares that the wine was "quite alright!" The assembled wedding guests cheer with relief. The jarl announces that he will take his revenge against Earl Ragnar and King Horik for shaming him and the tribe.
When he manages to invade and occupy the village, Torvi joins her husband in Kattegat residing in the earl's hall. She is less than pleased with Kattegat. When Ragnar is unable to mount a head-on attack, Ragnar, Bjorn and the others are able to destroy the winter grain supply. When Borg sets out in pursuit, Torvi begs him to not leave her - and their unborn child - in Kattegat. Bent on revenge, Borg leaves her anyway, much to her dismay.
Drawn into Ragnar's trap, Jarl Borg is defeated by the combined forces of Ragnar and Lagertha and forced to flee Kattegat. Torvi returns with her husband to their home in Götaland. Later, Jarl Borg is visited by Rollo, Ragnar's brother, sent as an envoy by Ragnar and King Horik presumably to rebuild their former alliance. During their conversation, much to Torvi's evident disgust, Jarl Borg reveals the skull of his first wife, who he claims still advises him. Rollo asks Jarl Borg if that is fair to Torvi. She accompanies Jarl Borg back to Kattegat. Ragnar, however, has no intention of restoring the alliance, desiring only revenge for the pain that Jarl Borg's treachery had caused him and his family. During the night, Ragnar's men, led by Rollo, Torstein, and Floki, set afire the barn in which Jarl Borg's men are lodged. They then burst into the house Jarl Borg and Torvi are staying, and she is forced to witness the beating of her husband by Floki and Torstein. When one of the man, threateningly approaches the pregnant Torvi , Rollo intervenes telling him. "That's not necessary".
While Jarl Borg is being held captive in Kattegat awaiting his execution, during a feast in Ragnar's hall, Aslaug gives Torvi her sympathy for the fact she is about to lose her husband. Torvi replies saying it is all the same for women, giving birth to the slaughtered. Ironically Torvi's word would come true as her son Guhrum, who she was then preghant with, would later die in battle by the hands of Hvitserk, Ragnar's second son, the man who killed her first husband.
Torvi witnesses Jarl Borg's execution by blood eagle. Before he's subjected to the blood eagle, Borg removes his cloak and throws the garment to Torvi. Assuming the position between two posts, Borg places the skull of his late first wife on one of the posts, then kneels. Ragnar starts with a skinning knife, opening Borg's back up the spine. The planks of the platform are soon slick with the blood of the jarl. With the flesh of the back laid open, Ragnar takes a hatchet and proceeds to hack the ribs away from their moorings on either side of the spinal column causing the rib cage to spring open and expose the lungs. During the process, overcome with the grief and horror of her husband's suffering and imminent death, Torvi, laden with the unborn child the jarl will never see, faints to the ground.
Torvi, who has since given birth to a son, joins Earl Kalf, who usurped Lagertha as Earl of Hedeby, and her new husband Erlendur, Horik's son. In becoming allies with Ragnar in his quest to conquer Paris, Torvi and Bjorn, Ragnar's son, strike up a friendly conversation, Torvi announcing that she will come with the warriors.
After Bjorn fails to seduce his wife, she gave him permission to seek out the company of other women instead. Though he initially refuses, later that night, Bjorn takes up his wife's offer with Torvi. When Bjorn first talks to Torvi she seems quite smitten by him but later warms up to him. Torvi later finds Bjorn sitting outside by himself and ask to join him which he yes with a nod. Bjorn then passionately kisses Torvi and they have sex, though Bjorn informs her beforehand that he 'loves his wife'.
Sometimes later, in the Viking camp near Paris, Bjorn apologizes for taking advantage of her. Torvi tells him that she is neither with child nor a child herself, and also jokingly apologizes for taking advantage of him. They both smile and it also becomes apparent that Torvi and Bjorn are starting to fall in love with each other, Bjorn gives Torvi a bracelet and says it is a gift. When her husband Erlendur sees the exchange between the two he rips the bracelet from her, cutting her hand and calling her a whore. Erlendur says she is not good enough for such a fine piece of jewelry.
Torvi returns to Hedeby with Erlendur, Lagertha and Kalf to celebrate the successful raid on Paris and later witnesses the execution of those against Lagertha. Some time later, upon his arrival in Hedeby, Bjorn claims he came to take Torvi away with him and Torvi accepts. However, she is forced by Erlendur to leave her son behind with Lagertha promising to keep an eye on Guthrum while he is in Hedeby.
When Torvi returns to Kattegat with Bjorn, they witness the arrival of newcomer King Harald "Finehair". Later, Torvi notices Bjorn staring at a ring that he had taken from the Berserker who tried to murder him. torvi then tells Bjorn that sometimes she feels so close to him but then he doesn't want to talk to her and it makes her wonder why he came for her and took her away from Guthrum. As they start to make love, Torvi betrays Erlendur, telling Bjorn that the ring was King Horik's passed down to Erlendur; unwittingly revealing to Bjorn that he was the one behind the assassination attempt.
Torvi accompanies Bjorn during the second raid on Paris, and one night as the couple is laying in their bed in the Viking camp and are talking after making love, Bjorn confesses his love for Torvi. Torvi then sees Erlendur hidden in the dark and aiming at Bjorn with his crossbow. Torvi then changes sides with Bjorn in the bed, putting her body in front of her unknowing lover; forcing Erlendur to leave and to wait for a better occasion to kill Ragnar's son. The next day, Erlendur tries to force Torvi to assassinate Bjorn herself, promising to kill Guthrum if she doesn't obey him. Equipped with Erlendur's crossbow, she eventually finds the courage to free herself and her son from her abusive former husband, killing Erlendur instead of Bjorn at the last moment. During the attack on Paris, an armored Torvi joined the warriors now using Erlendur's former crossbow as her personal weapon, But was injured during the battle taking an arrow into her arm.
9 years later Torvi has married Bjorn and has given birth to two more sons: Erik and Refil. Torvi is secretly working with Lagertha to dethrone Aslaug, Torvi leads the second wave of Warriors in the attack and helps Lagertha to win the battle. After Aslaug's death, it becomes clear that Torvi is second in command of Lagertha and Astrid third in command. In the episode "Revenge", Torvi remarks as well as Lagertha that Bjorn is absent, during Earl Jorgensen's death, he sleeps with Astrid. She becomes lover of Lagertha as Astrid, (this seems to have happened several times before), we see all three in the same bed. When Egil attacks Kattegat on Harald's orders, Lagertha, Astrid and Torvi repel the attack, Egil is captured, Torvi is injured during the battle but survives. She is seen treated by Margrethe during Lagertha tortures Egil.
Torvi appears in an extended scene of "The Reckoning", completely recovered, speaking with Lagertha, Astrid and Margrethe.
Torvi is seen to be training an older Guthrum and they discuss Guthrum's real father Jarl Borg until they see King Harald arrive in Kattegat. She is present along with Guthrum, Astrid and Lagertha as King Harald walks into the great Hall. Torvi is seen later in the great Hall eating with Margrethe, Astrid and Guthrum and Lagertha. When Astrid ask about King Harald. Lagertha reveals his proposal for marriage in exchange for an alliance. When Astrid states that she would never let a man like that go anywhere near her, Torvi tells her, she can't be so sure, stating, "sometimes woman have to do what women have to do just to keep a bit of power"; Lagertha agrees with Torvi. After Astrid is kidnapped by king Harald, Torvi and Lagertha discuss what King Harald plan could be and what Astrid has to do with it.
While Torvi watches Guthrum train. Margrethe tries to discuss with Torvi her belief that Lagertha is incapable of ruling.
When Bjorn returns from the Mediterranean, he tells Torvi that he is no longer in love with her, and they subsquentually break off their marriage. But Bjorn tells her that he will always care for her and their children.
Ubbe laters finds her crying about the end of her third marriage, saying that she had hoped that she could have achieved a good marriage and relationship. Ubbe reminds her that she is still the mother of Bjorn's children, but she replies saying that children die, everyone dies. Ubbe smiles and mentions how she is very wise. Torvi gets up and gives Ubbe a prize, that Bjorn had given her from his travels, and says that he should give it to Magrethe. He kisses her in response and once more until she leaves. Unknowningly, his wife, Magrethe had seen the whole exchange. She later confronts him about it, asking if he loves Torvi, he tells her that he was comforting Torvi. But Margrethe gets annoyed and says that you don't kiss people when you comfort them.
The night before the battle, Torvi and Ubbe are discussing Magrethe and her ambitions; Ubbe about never knowing that she had such great ambitions, and Torvi worried that Magrethe has her younger children. But Ubbe tells her that Magrethe would never harm them. Ubbe says that they'll be going to battle soon and that it's likely that one of them will die, himself, and he doesn't want to leave without saying something. He says that he wishes that it was Torvi that would have his children, not Magrethe. Torvi comes up to him and gives him a gentle kiss. She pulls back and then he pulls her body towards his and they end up sleeping together. Magrethe envisions them both kissing in front of her the next day, her jealousy becoming more and more obvious. Torvi and Ubbe leave for battle together.
Torvi and Ubbe both survive the battle, but they are defeated. Torvi's eldest child, Guthrum, son of Jarl Borg, was killed by Hvitserk, Bjorn and Ubbe's younger brother.
Torvi is a caring, beutiful, smart, strong willed young woman. Bjorn described her has having a wildness that can only be just contained, which Bjorn also says that is what he loves and admires about her. Torvi is very protective of those she loves even willing to go as far as to kill, has shown when she killed her second husband Erlendur, when he threaten to kill her Son and tried to force her to kill Bjorn. Since becoming a sheild-Maiden Torvi has become ruthless and more fearless, She does not let her emotions get the better of her, Even become the second in command to Lagertha
Torvi is very observant, She is always quick to notice a potential attack. As proven many times through out the series
Torvi seems to be more shy and less outspoken with her now ex-husband Bjorn, despite how outspoken she generally is.
She holds a voice and power of command, both when Aslaug was ruling and now when Lagertha is ruling
- She was the wife and mother of Bjorn's children, who was the son of King Ragnar, which gained her a high place in power. High enough that her absence would have been easily noticed if she had stayed with Lagertha, her mother-in-law, enough
- She was the wife and mother of Bjorn's children, who is the only son of Queen Lagertha. But she also is Lagertha's second in command and her good and close advisor. She is almost always seen by Lagertha's side, espcially in battle talks, where she holds her own seat
- Guthrum - this child was born of Torvi's marriage to Jarl Borg, conceived soon after the wedding. She is heavily pregnant when he is executed and the child, a son, is born after his death. Little else is known about him. He killed in battle by Hvitserk in Season 5A.
- Erik. First child with Bjorn Ironside.
- Refil. second child with Bjorn Ironside.
|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|
|Season five appearances|
|The Departed Part 1||The Departed Part 2||Homeland||The Plan||The Prisoner|
|The Message||Full Moon||The Joke||A Simple Story||Moments of Vision|
|The Revelation||Murder Most Foul||A New God||The Lost Moment||Hell|