Clapa was a supporting character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He was a member of Uhtred's household troop. Not only a strong and fearless warrior, but with a sense of humor. His savagery in battle belies a warm heart and loyalty to his comrades that holds no bounds.
Biography[edit | edit source]
In "The Lords of the North", he is a Danish boy whom Uhtred trains.
In "Sword Song", Clapa becomes one of Uhtred's household troops and oath-men.
Northumbria; Uhtred is ambushed by Tekil and his men. He pulls a dagger in preparation to take one of Uhtred’s eyes. However, Uhtred is saved by Hild, Halig, and Clapa. Uhtred kills Tekil and his men, all except for one, Sihtric, who he keeps alive. The rest of the men, Uhtred wants Halig and Clapa to remove their heads so that he may send them as a gift to Kjartan. Hild would like some of their mail or leather, so she will earn it by taking the first head. Halig tells her an axe would be easier, but she uses a small knife instead, to take Tekil’s head. Afterward, she throws up. ("Episode 2.2")
Dunholm, Northumbria; An army of men are led to Dunholm. Ragnar and Brida take a group of men down the path. Rollo fears that the ram won’t work. Clapa replies that while it won’t force open the gates, it will work. They get the signal, and Ragnar and Brida to lead their army to the front gate. Clapa, Rollo, and the others form a shield wall and ram the front gates and eventually manage to break through. Then, Ragnar kills Kjartan. After winning the battle, they plan to return to Wessex. ("Episode 2.4")
Datchet, Mercia; Three years have passed since Uhtred and Ragnar took Dunholm and now he arrives on shores of Datchet with Finan, Sihtric, Clapa, and an army of men. They can hear the screams of nearby villagers. They attack two warriors. Finan gives Elgin a chance to drop his weapon, but he tries to attack and is cut down by Finan. They’re not to find cover until Uhtred signals them. They wait for a small group of Danes to approach with woman prisoners and attack. He then orders Finan to string up three of the dead from the trees so that they can be seen from the river. They leave one Dane alive to return to his people and inform them that beyond Lundene the River Temes belong to Alfred. ("Episode 2.5")
Skald’s Hall; Æthelwold takes Uhtred, Finan, Sihtric, and Clapa to Skald’s hall. Uhtred orders Sihtric to stay back and remain unseen. If the dead man rises, when he returns to his grave, Sihtric will watch. The time has come for the rise of Bjorn. To raise the dead, they have to send a messenger across the gulf. A sacrifice. They bring a twice convicted thief. He pleads for his life, but his prayers go unanswered. Hæsten shoves a harp string down his mouth to build a bridge from their world to Bjorn’s. Hæsten then puts the message in his mouth and slits his throat. They proceed fertilise the grave with his blood. Moments later, Bjorn rises and spits out the harp string. Bjorn has a message for Uhtred. Afterward, Uhtred wonders if Finan, Æthelwold, and Clapa believe that Bjorn rising from the dead is true. All three of them are convinced that Bjorn’s words are true and that Uhtred is meant to be King of Mercia. ("Episode 2.5")
Lunden; Later, Uhtred, Finan, Sihtric, Clapa, Æthelred, and Aldhelm arrive in London, where they fail to convince the brothers to leave. They later return to London with an army. Uhtred leads Finan, Sihtric, Clapa, Steapa, Æthelwold, and Beocca to the north gate. They find it open and unguarded. An obvious trap, but they proceed. They meet up with Æthelred and Aldhelm, neither haven’t crossed a single man. Æthelred believes that the Danes have fled and celebrates. Suddenly, fire is set in a tower above. Undoubtedly a signal. Uhtred realises that the signal was to alert the Danes to attack their camp. ("Episode 2.6")
Coccham, Wessex; Uhtred, Finan, Sihtric, and Clapa part ways with the others and return to Coccham. Assuming Æthelflæd is still alive, Finan knows that Uhtred would never abandon her, so he questions why they’re not going to Winchester. Uhtred won’t be part of a whispering court. They will go to Winchester when he has something to say. Uhtred then orders Sihtric to take Rypere to Beamfleot to confirm Æthelflæd’s whereabouts. Sihtric and Rypere arrive in Beamfleot and get eyes on Æthelflæd. With news of her health, Sihtric sends Rypere to find Uhtred. ("Episode 2.7")
Beamfleot, East Anglia; After getting word of Æthelflæd’s health, Uhtred, Finan, Osferth, Æthelred, Aldhelm, Steapa, Clapa, and Father Pyrlig set course for Beamfleot to negotiate with the brothers. They find themselves surrounded by Hæsten and a group of Danes. He’s come to take them to the fortress. ("Episode 2.7")
After the brothers refuse the negotiation, Uhtred, Finan, Sihtric, Osferth, Rypere, and Clapa arrive in Beamfleot. They spy at least 20 guards. They attack as soon as it’s dark. Night falls and they attack the Northmen. They meet Erik in the stables. Erik reveals that their plan is hopeless. He has no crew for the ship and they still have to free Æthelflæd. She hangs where every man can see her. So, they must first get rid of the men. They set fire to the fortress to cause a distraction. They rush into the hall and kill the guards and free Æthelflæd. Sigefrid breaks the barricade and enters the hall. He kills Erik as the others escape. Unfortunately, Clapa is killed during the escape by several Danes. ("Episode 2.8")
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