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This blood is not my blood! It is our blood! It is Viking blood!

–Harald Sigurdsson

Harald Sigurdsson (Old Norse: Haraldr Sigurðarson), also known as Harald Hardrada (Old Norse: harðráði; meaning "stern counsel" or "hard ruler"), is the Prince of Norway. He is the great-grandson of Harald Finehair.

Biography

Early Life

Harald was born into Viking nobility, and is one of the last Viking berserkers. Olaf Haraldsson is Harald's half-brother, through their mother. Harald also has a brother, Sten Sigurdsson.

Season 1

Harald has been visiting his brother Sten at the Danelaw Viking Settlement near London. It is St. Brice's Day and the people are celebrating. Harald is saying good-bye to the community before leaving to return to Norway. Sten tells Harald he can't stay to see him off as he has been summoned by King Æthelred II. Sten says farewell and urges Harald toward a beautiful young girl named Merin who appears to have been Harald's lover during his time in the Danelaw.

Harald is part of the assemblage of a battalion to avenge the victims of the St. Brice's Day massacre.

Harald spots Freydis Eriksdotter on her boat when she, her brother, and their crew arrive in Kattegat. He approaches her and introduces himself. They flirt and then immediately have sex. Afterwards, while she is in a bathtub, Harald sees the cross scar on her back. Freydis tells him the story of how she was raped and branded by a Christian Viking and explains that she, her brother, and their friends are in Kattegat in an attempt to find and kill the man responsible.

After scouting the defenses of London, Harald and Leif devise the plan to defeat the English. The Vikings will isolate King Edmund from the rest of his forces and then capture him because as the King of England, Edmund is England.

After defeating Kåre, Freydis runs back outside and sees a severely injured Harald. Harald at first thinks Freydis is going to abandon him to die, but she reappears with two horses. She helps him onto one of them and mounts the other. The two flee Kattegat together.

Personality

Harald is handsome, charismatic, ambitious, and a leading man in Norse society. He is able to unite both followers of Odin and Christians. He is a ferocious fighter, and one of the last Viking Berserkers. He fights bare chested while wearing a wolf's pelt. Harald knows the tensions between the pagans and the Christians are coming to a head, but he wants things to be resolved without a civil war. Harald is rational and a moderate who prefers diplomacy to violence. His main ambition is to become King of Norway. He can be a bit naive and hotheaded. Harald is a Christian, but is not intolerant of pagans. He believes that it can be possible for the two groups to live together in peace. He is observant, proud, traditional, cultured, and strives to keep his emotions under control, except of course when in battle. His strongest trait is being a mediator.

Relationships

Leif Eriksson

Harald and Leif become quick friends. Their raid to England only strengthens their bond, and they view each other as brothers.

Freydis Eriksdotter

Harald and Freydis are drawn to each other instantly. However, they clash over their differing religious beliefs. Harald realizes that he loves Freydis and declares his love to her. He tells her he will even give up his dream of ruling Norway to be with her.

Olaf Haraldsson

Harald and Olaf have a contentious and often-times strained relationship. Both brothers are ambitious, but have different methods of attaining their goals. These methods are often in conflict with one another. Harald seems to be more dedicated to maintaining their relationship. Olaf appears indifferent to Harald's feelings and ambitions.

In History

Harald Sigurdsson is based on Harald Hardrada, King of Norway. He is revered in Viking history for his claim to both the Danish and English thrones. He was King of Norway from 1046 to 1066. Before becoming king, he spent fifteen years in exile as a mercenary in Kievan Rus' and in the Byzantine Empire. He was married to Elisiv of Kiev and Tora Torbergsdatter. He had four children, Ingegerd, Maria, Magnus II, and Olaf III.

Trivia

  • Harald and Olaf are both descendants of Harald Finehair, but not by their shared mother. Instead, they are related to him through their different fathers who are descendants of two of Harald Finehair's sons. Thus, Harald and Olaf are third cousins once removed as well as half-brothers.

Appearances

Season One appearances
The Greenlanders Viking The Marshes The Bridge
Miracle The Last Daughter of Uppsala Choices The End of the Beginning
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