"It is true, Lord. We have heard it many times, from priests and warriors and peasants alike."
—Dagfinn to Cnut about the rumours of Alfred's death[src]

Dagfinn was a supporting character in The Last Kingdom television series.

He served as a warrior under Erik and Sigefrid. After their deaths, he continued to fight under their successor Hæsten, who chose Dagfinn as his second in command. He became an important chief of the "Second Great Danish Army" along with Hæsten, Brida, Ragnar, Cnut and Bloodhair.

Biography

The Last Kingdom

Season 2

The Danes have taken Æthelflæd captive. Dagfinn is placed on guard duty. While guarding the princess, Hæsten walks towards Æthelflæd’s chamber. He tells Dagfinn to keep his mouth closed as he enters her chamber to hump her. He tells her to remove her clothes, claiming that Erik sent him. She hits him over the head with her night bucket and grabs his knife. Just as she is about to kill him, Erik and Dagfinn restrain her. Erik then punches Hæsten for going against his wishes. He reminds Hæsten that she is of value and tells him and Dagfinn to leave. ("Episode 2.7")

After being dismissed from guard duty by Erik, Dagfinn informs Hæsten that Erik is with Æthelflæd yet again. Upon Sigefrid's return, they put Æthelflæd in a cage in the hall, hoisted above. Dagfinn later reveals to Erik that the men no longer know where his loyalty lies. When the fortress goes up in flames, Sigefrid suspects this is his brother’s doing and tells Dagfinn to find him. ("Episode 2.8")

Season 3

Dagfinn and Hæsten arrive in Winchester to meet with Alfred. Afterward, they arrive at a nunnery in Wincelcumb in search of Æthelflæd. They kill a guard and demand that Æthelflæd be brought to them. Abbess witnesses the assault and runs inside to inform the others of the Danes’ arrival. She comes back out and offers food and ale, though she insists they don’t have any silver. Hæsten demands that Abbess bring Æthelflæd to him. When she claims that Æthelflæd isn’t there, Hæsten kills another guard. With only one guard remaining, Hæsten gives her one last chance. When she fails to give up Æthelflæd, they kill the remaining guard. Abbess is outraged by their actions. She grabs an axe to defend the nunnery, but Dagfinn launches a spear into her chest. Hæsten demands that Æthelflæd make herself known. Hæsten and Dagfinn lead their men inside, where they are ambushed by Uhtred and his men. Hæsten and Dagfinn escape as their men are slaughtered. What’s left of them surrounds the nunnery. Rather than giving up Æthelflæd, Uhtred gives Skade over to Hæsten in exchange for him leaving peacefully. ("Episode 3.4")

Dagfinn, Hæsten, and Skade watch from the fortress as Uhtred and his men approach. Uhtred goads Hæsten into the battle, reminding him of all the times he fled and how Skade will always be his woman. He challenges Hæsten to a fight. Hæsten angrily agrees to a one on one fight, denouncing any cowardly ways. Half a day has passed and Hæsten finally comes down to battle Uhtred, but he comes with Skade and an army. Uhtred orders his men to form two lines and build a shield wall. However, the Danes proceed to surround them and attack. They are vastly outnumbered and picked off. ("Episode 3.5")

The Danes attack Uhtred's small fleet of men. Dagfinn, Hæsten, and Skade watch as Edward leads his men from within the trees. Skade then spots Alfred exciting the woods as well. Unfortunately, the Danes are defeated and Dagfinn is taken prisoner. He is taken to Æthelflæd’s estate, where he watches as Uhtred and Sihtric get into a dispute. He tells Sihtric that Skade has cursed them all. Uhtred only allows it. He encourages Sihtric to abandon Uhtred. Later, Sihtric strikes a deal with Dagfinn and the other Dane prisoners. He releases them from their cell in exchange for them taking Sihtric to their camp. Dagfinn agrees. ("Episode 3.6")

Dagfinn, Brida, Cnut, Bloodhair, Hæsten, Sihtric, and Skade gather around a fire and discuss Skade. Brida believes that she is trouble and that they should do away with her. Skade asks Sihtric what Uhtred thinks of her. He replies that Uhtred doesn’t know whether to kill her or hump her. Because she’s poison. ("Episode 3.7")

Hæsten announces to Cnut and Brida that Alfred is dead. Dagfinn reassures the, that it’s true this time. Many mourn the death of Alfred and the time for war is near. And so, they head into battle, where Dagfinn is killed and the Saxons overcome. ("Episode 3.10")

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Dagfinn has killed:

  • Abbess
  • Numerous unnamed Saxon soldiers and civilians

Appearances

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Season 1                
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

Trivia

  • The name Dagfinn comes from the Old Norse name Dagfinnr. The name is made up of the words dagr, which means "day", and finnr, which means "Sámi, person from Finland".
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