Ravn was a minor character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He was the father of Earl Ragnar and the grandfather of Ragnar the Younger, Thyra, (most likely) Cnut, and the foster grandfather of Uhtred.
Ravn was a skald and a former earl in his own right before he became afflicted with blindness, which moved Ragnar to take over the leadership of his clan. Ravn spoke a number of languages, including Danish, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh, Frankish and Wendish. He acted as an interpreter and adviser to his son Ragnar and Earl Ubba Ragnarsson.
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Ravn is accompanied by his son, Earl Ragnar, his grandson, Ragnar the Younger; a fellow Danish warlord, Ubba; as well as his ship master, Kjartan. They sail to Eoferwic to meet up with Guthrum, another Danish warlord. Whilst feasting, Ubba's pagan priest, Storri, upon whom Ubba places all confidence, informs him that he foresees a battle to come. As a result, Ubba enthusiastically declares that they will fight the Northumbrians the following day. ("Episode 1.1")
After the Danish victory against the Northumbrian forces, Earl Ragnar captures Uhtred and Brida as slaves. When they arrive at the Danish longhall that night during celebrations, Uhtred is treated with kindness by Ravn. When Ælfric, Uhtred's uncle, learns that he is still alive, a meeting is arranged to ransom the boy back to Bebbanburg. Ravn attends the meeting and assures Uhtred that the price will be too high for Ælfric. Ælfric eventually agrees to the price of 200 silver, but Earl Ragnar decides to purchase Uhtred to live with his family as a slave. ("Episode 1.1")
Years later, on the eve of Thyra's wedding, Kjartan and his men, now allied with Ælfric of Bebbanburg, have come: Kjartan to exact his revenge on Ragnar for blinding his son Sven years prior, and Ælfric to kill Uhtred and consolidate his hold on the Bebbanburg seat. Ragnar's hall is lit on fire, when they attempt to escape, Ravn is mortally wounded with an arrow and all exits are blocked off. Earl Ragnar mercifully kills his wife, Sigrid to prevent her from burning alive within. Earl Ragnar tells Ravn to take her with him to Valhalla. Uhtred and Brida arrive from their spot in the woods just as Ragnar valiantly attempts to kill as many as he can before burning to death. ("Episode 1.1")
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