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"I am proud to be a Dane and to be the wife of a Saxon priest. I am of two peoples. (...) I wish to live in peace."
—Thyra to Tidman when he was bulling her[src]

Thyra Ragnarsdottir was a main character in both The Saxon Stories novel series and The Last Kingdom television series. Thyra was the daughter of Earl Ragnar and the wife of Beocca.

She spent a few years as the captive of Sven and his father Kjartan, which was done as revenge on her family from an incident in Thyra's childhood. She was saved by her surviving siblings, Ragnar and Uhtred. Thyra then lived in various locations with her siblings until marrying Beocca.

BiographyEdit

The Saxon StoriesEdit

In The Last Kingdom, one day, Sven kidnaps Ragnar's daughter, Thyra, and removes part of her clothing in an effort to sexually assault her. Uhtred charges Sven from hiding, taking Sven's sword and attacking him with it. Uhtred, Rorik, and Thyra escape back to Ragnar's hall. Ragnar, offended and deeply angry, banishes Kjartan from his service, and crushes one of Sven's eyes with the hilt of his sword - adding darkly that he would have crushed both, had Sven stripped Thyra completely naked.

Uhtred enjoys life with the Danes but flees after Kjartan kills Ragnar in revenge, burning down his hall with his former lord inside after kidnapping Thyra.

Uhtred then joins King Alfred in Wessex. After a battle with the Danes he again meets Ragnar the Younger and tells him how his father died and that Thyra is still alive. They part friends, swearing that one day they will band together to take revenge on Kjartan and rescue Thyra. 

In The Lords of the North, Uhtred's plan to take Dunholm is to once again become a sceadugengan, a shadow-walker. In the darkness, he along with eleven of his best men climb the hill upon which Dunholm sits and sneak into the fort through a gate used to fetch well water. Although they are discovered, they are assisted by Thyra. She rouses Kjartan's hounds and turns them on their masters, allowing Uhtred and his men to open the gate for Ragnar with the main forces of Guthred's army to enter the stronghold. Kjartan's men are defeated in a Shield Wall, Sven is defeated by Finan, and then savaged to death by the hounds at Thyra's behest, and Kjartan himself is killed in single combat by Ragnar, who refuses to allow him to die with a sword in his hand, denying his entry into Valhalla.

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The Last KingdomEdit

Season 1Edit

Sven kidnapped Thyra and stripped her half-naked before a young Uhtred saved her from being sexually assaulted. Upon learning of this, her father, Earl Ragnar crushed one of Sven's eyes as "half the punishment", then banished both Sven and his father Kjartan from his lands. Following this, years later, Kjartan, with his grown-up son Sven, leads an assault on the estate of Earl Ragnar on the night of his daughter's wedding. Kjartan and Sven massacre most of Earl Ragnar's household, with the exception of Thyra, who is brought into their captivity. ("Episode 1.1")

Season 2Edit

Thyra is held in a cage in the cellar. She is surrounded by her pet hounds, who Sven orders to keep quiet. Should she not comply, Sven’s father will have them killed again. And again, she will have Sven bring her more. Sven adds that his father will have men to hump her should she continue her disobedience. He tries to convince her to join him, but she’d rather live with the hounds. She tells him to kill her and show her mercy, but he retreats upstairs as the wolves begin to howl. ("Episode 2.1")

Sven goes into the cellar and enters Thyra’s cage to inform her that Ragnar is in Northumbria and is planning an attack. Kjartan demands that she let the hounds go hungry. Thyra replies that she has no brother and tells Sven to leave. ("Episode 2.4")

Hearing the battle above her, Thyra takes this opportunity to escape her cell. She leads her hounds upstairs, where they kill Sven. Thyra exits with her hounds. She blames Ragnar and Uhtred for not coming to her rescue. She says that the price for her life is theirs. Father Beocca intervenes. He forbids her from killing Uhtred and Ragnar. He extends his hand and offers to help her. Thyra screams and runs back inside. ("Episode 2.4")

Beocca finds Thyra in her cell with her hounds. He introduces himself and explains that he’s known Uhtred since he was a boy. Beocca explains that Uhtred and Ragnar have wanted for so long to find her. She has God given strength, and he only wishes to help her. Thyra tells him to stay. She recalls when Uhtred saved her from Sven when they were younger. She then leaves with Beocca and Uhtred to Winchester. ("Episode 2.4")

Beocca asks Thyra to marry him. She has become someone that she cannot live without. She accepts his proposal to marriage and kisses Beocca. ("Episode 2.5")

Uhtred marries Father Beocca and Thyra. Hild says a prayer for the two of them. Hopefully, this union can show that Wessex is a land for all people. She later attends the royal wedding. ("Episode 2.6")

Æthelred, Æthelflæd, Beocca, Thyra, and Aldhelm ride in a boat to Coccham. Thyra watches from outside the church, as Father Beocca and Hild determine if Æthelflæd has been unfaithful to Æthelred. Beocca prepares the bitter waters. Thyra asks Æthelflæd if her husband beats her. If he does not, she can already see that he will. Æthelred is neither tending nor loving. ("Episode 2.6")

Thyra watches as the Danes approach. She exclaims "Death is coming!" To alert those at the camp. Thyra finds Æthelflæd, and together, they run into the woods. However, they get split up and Æthelflæd finds herself getting chased down by three warriors. ("Episode 2.6")

The men return to camp to find it in ruins. Beocca calls out to Thyra. She emerges from the woods and runs into Beocca’s arms. Uhtred then asks her about Æthelflæd, but Thyra is unaware of her whereabouts. ("Episode 2.7")

Season 3Edit

Cocham, Wessex; Thyra and Gisela and prepare food for baby Stiorra and Young Uhtred. Gisela is certain that she’s pregnant with a boy as he will not keep still. She remarks that thankfully he will be the last. Uhtred then informs her that he will be marching, but he has sent word to Hild in Coccham, who will join her in Wessex. ("Episode 3.1")

Later, Gisela goes into labour. Hild and Thyra see her through the birthing process. However, she sadly dies whilst giving birth to Osbert. ("Episode 3.1")

Winchester, Wessex; Thyra sides with Uhtred, reasoning that Alfred didn’t give him much of a choice but to flee. Alfred ignored Uhtred’s pain. If Edward is being prepared to take the crown then Uhtred knows that Alfred’s death is near. That is what he will tell the Danes. ("Episode 3.2")

Winchester, Wessex; Beocca returns home, where Thyra and Sable await. Sable informs them that King Æthelred has conspired to kill Lady Æthelflæd, and so she has hidden in a nunnery in Wincelcumb. She tells them that they can’t tell the king as Æthelflæd doesn’t want the bond between the two lands to break. Thyra agrees on Beocca’s behalf to help. In the second letter, Æthelflæd has a solution. She has arranged a ship that is waiting for them on the Temes, to Dunholm, in order to find Uhtred. ("Episode 3.3")

The Sea; Beocca and Thyra travel by ship to Dunholm to retrieve Uhtred. Thyra tells him how she and her mother traveled by ship to get to the land. ("Episode 3.3")

Dunholm, Northumbria; Beocca worries that the memories of Dunholm will overwhelm Thyra, but she insists that she’ll be fine and that she’s a different woman now. They suddenly spot Hæsten and his men leaving Dunholm. Beocca and Thyra arrive and Ragnar greets them. Beocca informs Ragnar and Brida that he’s come to carry out the king’s order and formally banish Uhtred from Wessex. ("Episode 3.3")

After Æthelwold's speech, Ragnar tells Uhtred to choose to either stand with them or abandon them. Uhtred reveals that he will be leaving to save Æthelflæd. Ragnar reminds Uhtred that he gave his word and he is going back on it by leaving them. And for this, Ragnar takes back his name from Uhtred. He is no longer Uhtred Ragnarson. Thyra pleads with him to no do this, but Ragnar’s decision is final. ("Episode 3.3")

Uhtred and Bloodhair fight to the death to see who will claim Skade. Thyra is amongst those who watch. After Uhtred wins but doesn't kill Bloodhair, Ragnar tells him to leave. ("Episode 3.4")

Northumbria; Beocca and Thyra travel out of Dunholm together. They part ways Uhtred, they have a ship waiting at Eoferwic. Thyra tells Uhtred that no matter what, he will always be her brother.  ("Episode 3.4")

Beocca tells Thyra that he almost wishes Alfred would die. The more he lingers, the more anxious people become. Thyra remarks that he should end it himself. It is what a Sword-Dane would do. Whatever happens after Alfred’s death, is fate. Beocca also fears that if the Danes come to Wessex then people will only see her as a Dane. Thyra isn’t concerned as the Gods will protect her. ("Episode 3.8")

Uhtred sneaks into Winchester and makes his way to Beocca's house. Thyra brings Uhtred inside and questions why he has come when he knows he’ll be killed on sight. Uhtred wants to see his children but also save Ragnar. He is trapped in Niflheim. He did not die a warrior's death. And only her blood can save him now. So, she gives Uhtred her blood. He questions why she came to the door with a knife. She explains that some people only see her as a Dane and object to her presence. They are afraid now that Uhtred is gone and Alfred is sickly. ("Episode 3.8")

Beocca returns home to find Thyra and Uhtred awaiting his arrival. Uhtred explains that he’s come for Thyra’s blood to save Ragnar. Beocca sees this as nothing more than heathen paganism and will not stand for it. However, Thyra is insistent on saving her brother. She begs him to understand her, just as she understands his God. Beocca remains upset and goes outside until they finish. He comes back inside and asks that Uhtred speak with Alfred. ("Episode 3.8")

Æthelwold and Sigebriht suspect that Uhtred is inside of Beocca's house and demand to look inside. Thyra exits the house and tells Æthelwold that he’s welcome to look inside. Æthelwold and Sigebriht enter their home though Uhtred is nowhere in sight. Unbeknownst to them, Uhtred remains hidden under the floorboards. ("Episode 3.8")

Thyra is berated by Tidman, who refers to her as a Dane. Thyra replies that she is of two people and doesn’t wish to cause any trouble but Tidman persists. Æthelwold demands that he allow her to past and apologizes to Thyra. ("Episode 3.9")

Alfred’s service is held in the hall. All of Wessex is in attendance. Despite his previous run-in Beocca, Tidman continues to torment Thyra, telling her that she has no place in the hall. Upset, Thyra abruptly leaves. Tidman follows Thyra out the hall, throwing apples at her as she returns home. Thyra runs into her house and locks the door. Tidman bangs on the door, asking if she’s enjoying the king’s death. Thyra pulls a knife from her boot, as he continues to kick in the door. Tidman kicks the front door open, but she is nowhere to be found, as Thyra lays hidden under the floorboards. He learns of where she’s hiding and sets the house on fire. He lays flat on his chest and peaks beneath the floorboards, allowing Thyra to stab him in the throat with her blade. Unfortunately, he dies laying on top of the floorboard, trapping her underneath as the fire burns. ("Episode 3.9")

Thyra remains trapped under the floorboards of her house as a fire blazes, calling out to her love, Beocca, to rescue her. As the flames near her, Thyra’s death is all but certain, so she takes her own life, stabbing herself in the stomach with her knife, to spare herself the pain of being burned alive. ("Episode 3.10")

Killed Victims Edit

This list shows the victims Thyra has killed:

This list shows the victims Thyra has killed:

AppearancesEdit

The Saxon StoriesEdit

Books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
The Saxon Stories                    

The Last KingdomEdit

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

TriviaEdit

  • The name Thyra comes from Scandinavian and it is the feminine version of the name Tyr who was known as the "God Of Battle".
  • Thyra converted religions, she was born a pagan but converted into Christianity after marrying a priest; Father Beocca. However she was still holding onto some pagan beliefs as they were the way of her people.
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