Vikings: 10 Best Ragnar Lothbrok Quotes in the Series


For six seasons on Netflix, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel), the star of Vikings, captivated viewers with his personality and determination. Amidst so many conflicts and tensions, the character always tried to visualize adverse situations from a new perspective in order to stand out.

In this way, we selected some of Ragnar’s most iconic phrases in the historical series. Check out!

10. “In this case, the silver thread is cut, the golden cup breaks and the vase breaks in the spring”

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At some point in the plot, Ragnar wishes to invade the west alongside King Horik (Donal Logue) and Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr). However, Horik does not fully trust Borg and for that reason they need to part ways. Rather than simply informing him of the decision he made with Horik, Ragnar uses the poetic tone to push him away from the mission.

9. “Who wants to be King?”

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After a long time away from Kattegat, Ragnar returns as if nothing had happened. From that point on, he challenges his own sons to kill him, asking who of them would be able to do that to conquer the throne. In a teasing tone, this phrase is said within that context, but although his children hate some of his attitudes, they would not be able to kill him at all.

8. “I hope that someday our gods can be friends”

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Father Athelstan (George Blagden) and Ragnar developed an unlikely friendship and complicity throughout the series, mainly because of all the frank conversations they had about their personal beliefs.

In a curious tone, Ragnar says that he would like to know what it would be like if all the existing gods were united. His thought even enabled the beginning of a religious truce between different peoples of the time.

7. “Power is only given to those who are willing to give up themselves”

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There are many established differences between Ragnar and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). When the former wishes to return to Wessex to claim the land Ecbert (Linus Roache) promised him, Bjorn opposes. The two then talk, watching Kattegat from afar, with Ragnar using his life experience to alert his son. The advice is quite valid, especially when considering all of Bjorn’s ambitions.

6. “I will stroke your long, beautiful hair with my peasant hands”

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Gyda (Ruby O’Leary) has a tragic fate in the series. Although Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is unable to convey his deepest emotions over his daughter’s departure, Ragnar is moved. In a very sad moment, Ragnar invites Gyda’s soul when she needs comfort, promising to caress her hair and share some affection.

5. “Yes, I’ve made mistakes. Life doesn’t come with instructions”

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fans of Vikings they know well that Ragnar is not a perfect man, especially when it comes to his personal relationships. Despite this, he seemed to have self-awareness about his attitudes, which is, to say the least, commendable in some respects. Recognizing your own mistakes is a good way to get it right.

4. “If I were him, I would care less about the gods and more about the wrath of a patient man”

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When Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) blames the gods for the wrong choices he had made, Ragnar is furious, especially over Athelstan’s death. In this way, the character thinks about what Floki had said, even though he had a lot of loyalty to him.

3. “Odin gave his eye to acquire knowledge, but I would give much more”

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Ragnar’s strong personality has always been one of his main characteristics. When Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) states that going east is much better, believing the trajectory would be safer, Ragnar maintains his position on heading west. It is better for him to risk his own life considering his conviction than to take the easy way out.

2. “Everyone will underestimate you. Make them pay for it”

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After Ivar’s father (Alex Høgh Andersen) is handed over to King Aelle to be killed, the character tells Ragnar that his life will be meaningless. In this way, Ragnar encourages him to believe in his own anger, as his enemies would forever underestimate him. And with that, everyone would pay with their lives for thinking that way.

1. “My death will come without excuses!”

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In one of the most harrowing sequences of Vikings, Ragnar senses the fury of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) and is thrown into a pit filled with snakes. Ragnar refuses to apologize for everything he has already done, as he has been very satisfied with his life up to that point. In the character’s opinion, asking the king for forgiveness would be like refusing to go to paradise.

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