Ragnar on Gyda

“Gyda, I have come to say goodbye to you properly. I have been thinking about you, about when you were small. You were so lively, you could run as swiftly as the wind. You were like quicksilver. But then, before I knew it, you stopped running here and there and everywhere and you became still. At 12 years old, you had the stillness and the calm of a fine woman. What children you would have produced! What joy that would have brought to all of us! Dear child, Gyda, you are not gone because you are always in my heart.

They say that a man must love his sons more, but a man can be jealous of his sons, and his daughter can always be the light in his life. I know very well that you are with the Gods, but I will wait here awhile, and if you want to come and talk to me, then come and talk, and I will gently stroke your long and beautiful hair once again with my peasant hands.”


Ragnar on Athelstan

“I never knew what a martyr was. I still don’t. You’re a brave man, Athelstan. I always respected you for that. You taught me so much. You saw yourself as weak and conflicted, but to me, you were fearless because you dared to question. Why did you have to die? We had so much more to talk about. I always believed that death is a fate far better than life, for you will be reunited with lost loved ones. But we will never meet again, my friend. I have a feeling that your God might object to me visiting you in Heaven. What am I to do now? I hate you for leaving me. I ache from your loss. There is nothing that can console me now. I am changed. And so are you.”


Ragnar and Ecbert’s existential crisis talks

“I do not believe in the Gods’ existence. Man is the master of his own fate, not the Gods. The Gods are man’s creation to give them answers that they are too afraid to give themselves.”


Ragnar on his approaching date with death

I guided my fate. I fashioned the course of my life and my death. Me. Not you, not the Gods. Me.”

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