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"I have given her some beauty, but she is a tool, no more no less."
—The smith to Uhtred about his sword, Serpent-Breath[src]

Ealdwulf (known as the Smith in the TV series) is a minor character in The Saxon Stories and The Last Kingdom television series. He is a blacksmith who forges Serpent-Breath for Uhtred.


The Saxon Stories[]

In "The Last Kingdom", Ealdwulf is a Northumbrian blacksmith formerly employed by Uhtred's father, who later works for Earl Ragnar and the Danish occupiers.

Ealdwulf uses seven iron rods, three hard and four soft to make the sword. There is magic in Serpent-Breath, Ealdwulf had his own spells that he would not tell Uhtred, the spells of the smith he said; when he gifts the sword to Uhtred, he whispers, "and one day, you will kill Danes with it."

Ealdwulf is killed along with Ragnar and his family in Kjartan's ambush.

The Last Kingdom[]

Season 1[]

Oxford, Mercia; Uhtred meets with the smith in Oxford, and asks him to forge "a warrior's sword to last a lifetime." Uhtred also asks the smith to work the amber pendant his father gifted to him at his birth into the pommel. The smith finishes the sword several weeks later. Uhtred says the sword is exactly as he hoped, and is so pleased he agrees to pay the smith his original asking price of ten pieces of silver, instead of eight. ("Episode 1.2")


The Saxon Stories[]

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The Last Kingdom[]

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  • The name Ealdwulf comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words eald, which means "old", and wulf, which means "wolf".