Gustaf Skarsgård played the role of Floki in seasons one to five of Vikings. The last time Floki was seen was in the season five finale, where he disappeared into an Icelandic cave. Fans have been left wondering if Floki is really dead or alive ever since. Is Floki based on a real person? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Is Floki based on a real Viking?
Yes, Floki in Vikings is based on a Norseman, who lived in the 9th century.
Floki is based on Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland.
Evidence of the real Floki’s existence can be found in the Landnámabók manuscript, a medieval Icelandic source.
According to the Landnámabók, Floki embarked on his journey to Iceland in 868.
He was searching for the land previously discovered by Norseman Garðar Svavarsson.
Floki travelled with his wife Gró and his children included Oddleifur and Þjóðgerður.
He travelled to Iceland via the Shetland Islands and the Faroe Islands, where one of his daughters drowned and another was wed.
From the Faroe Islands, he was accompanied by three ravens to aid him on his way to Iceland.
Upon his arrival in Iceland, Floki set up a winter camp in Vatnsfjörður at Barðaströnd and is believed to have hicked up to one of the highest mountains in Iceland, Nónfell in Westfjords.
According to ancient Norse sources, whilst at the top of the mountain, he spotted a large fjord Ísafjörður, which at the time was full of drift ice.
Floki in the series, just like, the real Floki, does venture to Iceland and settle there, believing he has found Asgard, a location associated with the Gods.
However, in the series, Floki is portrayed as an eccentric boatbuilder and god-like figure.
He is also portrayed as close friends with Viking legend, Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel), he spouse of the late Helga (Maude Hirst), the father of the late Angrboda and adoptive father of the late Tanaruz.
In real life, Floki is not believed to have encountered any of the Norse figures he does in the series.
Floki also was responsible for the death of former Christian monk, Athelstan (Geroge Blagden).
This brutal killing did not place in real life. The real Athelstan dad in Gloucester, England in October 939.
Will Floki return in Vikings season 6, part 2?
At the moment, Floki’s return to Vikings remains unknown.
With Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and his wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst) searching for Floki, fans are hoping Gustaf Skarsgård will appear in the role in part two.
Skarsgård teased to Entertainment Tonight in 2019, Floki may be alive.
He said: “How we pick up with Floki is something that must remain under wraps because it’s so important and so emotional and so fantastic.”
When pushed further on whether Floki is actually alive in the show.
But he wouldn’t give anything away, as he teased: “Well, I can’t say… that would be a spoiler.”
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