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  • Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye : History and Overview

    January 17, 2019 3 min read

    Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye : History and Overview

    Sigurd Snake Eye is a hero in Norse culture. His biography and his name are rare. He plays a very important or even main role in seasons 2,3 and 4 of the Vikings series. His first appearance is in the episode "Betrayal".



    Sigurd comes from the large Lothbrok family. The third child of his parents ( Ragnar Lothbrok and Aslaug . Sigurd), he was born with a peculiar mark on his right eye. The mark shows a resemblance to ouroboros. Ouroboros is the symbol of a snake or dragon biting its tail.

    Sigurd Serpent's Eye

    @Vikings (TVs)


    The Sign of Sigurd Snake Eye

    Aslaug is the daughter of Brynhildr, the valkyrie fighter and the fabulous hero Sigurd (Siegried). It was this hero who slew the Dragon Fafnir.

    Wanting to prove to Ragnar that she is the daughter of her parents, Aslaug predicted to Ragnar that one of her descendants will have an image of a snake marked in her eye. And that's what happened when Sigurd Snake eye was born.



    Sigurd Snake Eye vikings



    A messenger from Ælla would keep Siguard and his brothers informed of their father's death. Imprisoned in a well, Ragnar Lothbrok was killed by snakes at the command of King Ælla. Ragnar's death was painful for Sigurd and his brother Bjöm. Frustrated, he almost hurt his body with the knife in his hand, but Bjöm intervened to stop him from doing something stupid. By all means, the sons of Ragnar plotted revenge.

    With the Great Army the brothers traveled the North Sea, the year 866. The traditional account said that the first battle on AElla failed. Ivar the Boneless, brother of Sigurd has therefore planned a new strategy. According to his plan, the Vikings will have to pretend to retreat. Thus, King Ælla believes that they left and they gave up the battle.


    Sigurd Serpent's Eye


    However, the Vikings took Ælla by surprise. He was captured and eventually devoured by a bloody eagle.



    In season 4 of the series Vikings, we see that Sigurd died violently. He died by the hand of his brother, Ivar the Boneless. This was taking place at a meal held to mark the victory of the Wessex attack. Suddenly, Sigurd and Ivar were arguing fiercely. Ivar threw an ax into Sigurd's stomach, the last released the ax, moved a little towards Ivar and he died.

    Ivar said he didn't murder Sigurd on purpose. He clarified that it was an accident and that his anger is not well controlled. But no one should blame Ivar according to their convenience. Still, he insisted he didn't want his brother dead, and he apologized.

    Sigurd Serpent's Eye and Ivar

    @Ivar The Boneless


    In ancient Viking history, Sigurd's death was a disgrace. It is impossible to imagine that his brother will murder him. According to the historical background of Norse culture, killing one's brother by one's own hand is completely illegal. Also, the crime was classified as serious. It is a rare case. Only mentally retarded or obscure people could do such a thing.

    A reflection is necessary. Sigurd is the hero who was to persist of all the sons of Ragnar. He must be immortal. We all know that Sigurd held his own, he resisted the various voyages of the Vikings. Also, we know that he had his own family, his wife and his wonderful daughter. So why end his character in the story, especially with such a terrible ending?

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