Wihtgar Ælfricson or Wihtgar of Bebbanburg (known as Uhtred of Bebbanburg in the books) is a supporting character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He is the son of Ælfric, thus meaning that he is also Uhtred's cousin. It was mentioned that he was banished by his father. However, he brings more men for reinforcement for Bebbanburg due to the Scots raiding the fortress.
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Bebbanburg, Northumbria; Ælfric and Aidan watch as ships near the kingdom, Aidan goes to investigate on his own. He orders the guard to alert Lord Ælfric, who comes down just in time to see Ælfric's son, Wihtgar, get off the boat. He was believed to have drowned, but he is very much alive. When he got word that Bebbanburg was under attacked, he seized the moment and brought strong and loyal warriors. ("Episode 4.2")
Wihtgar captures young Uhtred sneaking around. He suspects that young Uhtred was trying to steal away and demands to know why. Wihtgar orders all his men to the yard. Brother Oswi and Brother Iestyn are awakened from their sleep and held at knife point while Wihtgar tortures young Uhtred for answers. When he can't get the answers out of him, Wihtgar kills both monks. Ælfric joins them. He remarks that young Uhtred's face is familiar somehow. When Ælfric demands to know who he is, young Uhtred replies that he's Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Ælfric isn't convinced and orders for young Uhtred to be executed. When one of Ælfric's men attempts to kill him, young Uhtred tackles his attacker to the ground and nearly chokes the life out of him before Uhtred, Beocca, Finan, Osferth, and Sihtric arrive. Uhtred holds a blade to Ælfric's throat. Uhtred explains that no one else has to die save for his uncle. As Lord of Bebbanburg, he swears to provide for and protect them. Uhtred then looks to Aidan and asks where his allegiance lies. Aidan replies that he's loyal to the true heir of Bebbanburg and points up to Wihtgar, who's pointing a crossbow at Uhtred. He demands that Wihtgar put down the bow. Instead, he fires it, striking Ælfric in the eye, killing him instantly. The men of Bebbanburg then pledge their allegiance to Wihtgar. ("Episode 4.2")
Ælfric’s body lays on the ground after being killed by Wihtgar. Uhtred, young Uhtred, Beocca, Finan, Osferth, and Sihtric are surrounded by the men of Bebbanburg. Wihtgar explains that his father was weak, so he put him out of his misery. Uhtred tells Wihtgar that Ælfric stole the land from him when he was a child, so if Wihtgar wants to be considered the true Lord of Bebbanburg, he has to a fight. But Wihtgar declines the challenge. Beocca reveals that he was Ælfric's priest. Beocca knew his strengths and flaws. He proposes that they make peace and unite against the Scots. However, Wihtgar does not seek peace. He only wishes to kill Uhtred so that he doesn’t repeat his father’s mistakes. But first, he wants Uhtred to watch as he kills his son. Wihtgar fires an arrow at young Uhtred, but Beocca jumps in front of him, taking the arrow in the chest. Uhtred becomes enraged and kills Wihtgar's men. Finan, Osferth, and Sihtric assist him. Uhtred checks on Beocca but he has succumbed to his wounds. Outnumbered by their adversaries, they retreat to their ship. Wihtgar tries to sink it by catapulting boulders, but he fail. Aidan questions if they should follow them, but Wihtgar assures him they won't last the night. ("Episode 4.3")
This list shows the victims Uhtred of Bebbanburg has killed:
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This list shows the battles Wihtgar has participated in:
This list shows the battles Uhtred has participated in:
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- The name Wihtgar comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words wiht, which means "wight, spirit", and gar, which means "spear".