Gunnhild was a shield-maiden and the Wife of King Horik, the late Viking ruler of Denmark.


Season 2

Gunnhild arrives in Kattegat along with her children, presumably to cement the alliance between her husband and Earl Ragnar Lothbrok. In fact, King Horik plans a coup d'état against the earl of Kattegat.

As a shieldmaiden, she's about to join in the intended slaughter of Ragnar's family, but is intercepted by Lagertha and her forces. In a one-on-one duel, Gunnhild is killed by Lagertha by slashing her abdomen before impaling her. Shortly thereafter, King Horik and five of their children are murdered.


  • Drottning was the Old Norse term for queens.


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