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‎Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki in Iceland

‎Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki in Iceland

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Gustaf Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My, a physician. He has five siblings: Alexander, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers Ossian and Kolbjörn from his father's second wife, Megan Everett. [1] Alexander, Bill, and Valter are also actors. His godfather is Swedish actor Peter Stormare.

In 1989, as a nine-year-old, Gustaf Skarsgård acted in the Swedish Film Codename Coq Rouge. After attending Teaterhögskolan in Stockholm from 1998 to 2003, Gustaf Skarsgård joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He played in several of Shakespeare’s, Chekhov's and Söderberg’s works both on the Royal Dramatic Theatre and on Stockholm City Theatre. [2] [3] In 2003 he performed in Evil and 2008 in Patrik 1,5. For both roles he was nominated for the Guldbagge Awards as Best Supporting Actor and as Best Leading Actor. Finally, he received the prize as Best Leading Actor for his role in Förortsungar. [4] In 2012, Skarsgård joined the History Channel's series Vikings in the role of Floki, the shipbuilder. [5]

In March 2019, Skarsgård joined Cursed, a Netflix original television series based on a re-imaging of the Arthurian legend, in the role of Merlin. [6] The first season was released on July 17 2020.

Gustaf Skarsgård was in a long term relationship with actress Hanna Alström from 1999 to 2005. [7] [8] He resides in Sweden and Los Angeles.

Skarsgård won a Guldbagge Awards for Kidz In da Hood. He won the European Film Academy’s Shooting Stars Award in 2007. [9]

Floki Played by Gustaf Skarsgård

Floki is a genius ship builder and he designs and builds the prototype of the new generation of Viking ships which can sail across the open ocean but also up the shallowest of rivers. Without Floki, Ragnar would have never been able to fulfill his dreams of discovering new lands and new civilizations. Floki is a religious zealot who believes in the Gods above anything and everything, including Ragnar.

Gustaf Skarsgård

Gustaf Skarsgård is an internationally acclaimed film, television, and theater actor. Gustaf started acting as a six year old. He fell in love with the craft early on and kept working throughout his entire childhood. He was accepted at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts at the record early age of 18.

After graduating in 2003, he became an ensemble member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Sweden’s National Theatre). Gustaf has starred in many European cinematic successes: the academy award nominated Evil (nominated for a Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actor, Sweden’s highest cinema honor), Kidz in da Hood (winning a Guldbagge for Best Actor), and Patrik 1.5 (nominated for a Guldbagge for Best Actor). In 2007, he received the European Film Academy’s prestigious Shooting Star Award. In 2010, he returned to the Theatre to star in “Hamlet” as the title role, to great critical acclaim.

Gustaf’s most recent films include the independent psychological thriller VI , Peter Weir’s The Way Back (starring opposite Ed Harris and Colin Farrell), and the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated adventure drama Kon-Tiki .

The mystery of Floki's survival

How exactly Floki survived and left Iceland is never revealed, but series creator Michael Hirst said in an interview with ET that he never doubted that Floki would survive and return to the show before it finished. "That wasn't the way that Floki was going to leave the show," Hirst said, "or leave life, indeed, because he was the spirit of life."

If there was anyone who could have built and sailed a boat alone from Iceland to somewhere around Newfoundland it was Floki, whose shipbuilding genius and general eccentricity were well-established in the show's first five seasons. Disappearing into a volcanic crater in Iceland and emerging in some other part of the world also calls to mind the plot of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

However he came to arrive in the Golden Land, Hirst wanted to highlight that Floki had been changed by his journey. "What kind of a person was he?" Hirst asked ET rhetorically. "Had he found some peace? Had he been damaged in his experiences?" Though he still plays the trickster with Ubbe in the show's final scene, Floki rejects Ubbe's attempt to ask him about the Gods, a subject about which he was once passionate. When Ubbe asks him for advice, Floki recommends always removing the pebbles from his shoes, good advice for anyone, really.

The final half-season of Vikings is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Floki, also known as Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson was a real person.

The story of Floki is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript.

The Landnámabók [translates to The book of Settlements] is a medieval Icelandic manuscript, which details the Norse settlement on Iceland during the 9th and 10th centuries.

Floki was the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland, known as Garðarshólmi during the Viking Age, and is credited with discovering the country.

Before him, Garðar Svavarsson and Naddoddur had circumnavigated the island but Floki was the first to settle there.

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On his journey, Floki was accompanied by his family – his wife Gró and his children Oddleifur and Þjóðgerður.

According to the Landnámabók, Floki set sale from Western Norway to the Shetland Islands.

From there he travelled to the Faroe Islands, taking three ravens fro the island to guide him to Iceland.

Because of these ravens, he was nicknamed Raven-Flóki, which translates to Hrafna-Flóki in Old Norse and Icelandic.

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Floki set up a winter camp at Vatnsfjörður at Barðaströnd before exploring the island.

According to Viking myth and the Landnámabók manuscript, Floki climbed the highest mountain love his camp, believed to be the Nónfell in Westfjords.

On top of the mountain, he is believed to have seen a large fjord Ísafjörður, which was covered in ice. Floki decided then to name the entire island Iceland.

Floki did return to Scandinavia to spread the word of newly found land and despite speaking badly of Iceland at first, Floki returned to Iceland and lived there until his death.

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The TV series Vikings has stuck loosely to historical truth when telling Floki&rsquos story and by season five, Floki had sailed successfully to Iceland.

However, Floki was not a close friend of Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) and would have been a young boy at the time of Ragnar&rsquos existence.

Therefore, it is unlikely that Floki would be close friends with Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig) and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick-Smith).

On another note, the character of Athelstan ( George Blagden) is purely fictional so Floki could not have possibly killed him.

Whether Floki ever became trapped in an Icelandic came also remains unknown.

After the season five finale of the Viking series, Floki’s whereabouts and whether he is still alive remain unknown.

If the final series is historically accurate, Floki should return to Scandinavia alive.

Vikings season 6 premieres Wednesday, December 4 on History US and Thursday, December 5 on Amazon Prime

Is Floki a Norse God?

Vikings creator Michael Hirst has blended historical fact and myth with fiction to tell the story of Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) and his sons.

Many of the characters in the series are loosely based on real Viking figures or entirely fictional characters for dramatic purposes.

Floki is loosely based on Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland.

In Vikings season five, part two, Hirst stuck close to the history books and Floki did set sail to Iceland.

Vikings season 6: Floki, Ragnar and Athelstan together (Image: AMAZON/HISTORY)

Vikings season 6: Gustaf Skarsgard has played Floki since season 1 of Vikings (Image: GETTY)


However, Floki soon found himself trapped in a cave after believing he found Asgard, a location associated with the Norse Gods.

However, while inside the cave, he was caught in an avalanche and it unknown if he survived.

He has not been seen since and in part one of season six, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick-Smith) and his wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst) were searching for him.

Floki&rsquos disappearance in Iceland is not believed to have happened in real life.
In Vikings, Floki is a boatbuilder, trickster and the eccentric friend of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel).

Vikings season 6: Floki believes he is a descendant of the Viking God Loki (Image: AMAZON/HISTORY)

As a pagan and worshipper of the Norse God&rsquos, he was very anti-Christian and even went as far as to kill the former Christian monk Athelstan (George Blagden).

Floki actor Skarsgård has previously stated he believes Floki considers himself to be a descendant of the Viking God Loki.

Loki is a Norse god, who is described as a shapeshifter, often assisting the Gods then turning against them.

In the Poetic Edda, he is described as the "trickster God" and is mentioned in other traditional sources such as the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson the Norwegian Rune Poems, in the poetry of skalds, and in Scandinavian folklore

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Vikings season 6: Alexander Ludwig who plays Bjorn believes Floki could be Loki (Image: AMAZON/HISTORY)

However, many Vikings fans believe Floki may be a reincarnation of the Loki.

Fans often point to the torture and imprisonment of Floki in season four of the show, which is similar to the Norse tale The Binding of Loki, where he is held in captive by the gods after killing Odin&rsquos son.

Floki was held as a prisoner after killing one of Ragnar&rsquos most trusted men Athelstan.

Fans have been sharing their theories about Floki on Reddit.

SillyBronson shared: &ldquoI think he's very definitely supposed to represent Loki. In fact, in an early episode, Bjorn points out the similarity of their names.

&ldquoFloki himself references the snake torture thing, and I feel that Ragnar used it as an intentionally ironic punishment.&rdquo

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Another user wrote: &ldquoLoki himself, no. Very much devoted to him, definitely.&rdquo

A third fan, GG FrostKaiser said: &ldquoMany characters in the show resemble Nordic Gods. Ragnar resembles Odin for instance.

"He is smart, curious and a fierce warrior. He also closes his right eye constantly.

"There is a scene in the first season, which you have Ragnar sitting on a boat with his right eye closed and with a raven on his left shoulder.&rdquo

Even Bjorn Ironside star Alexander Ludwig believes Floki is actually the Viking God Loki.

Speaking to TV Line in 2019, Ludwig said: &ldquoI believe so. I believe that's a very interesting one.

&ldquoI think the purpose of that character is left up in the air.

&ldquoBut their beliefs and their spirituality was very prominent, so in the context of the Viking world it's very plausible that's who he is.&rdquo

Ludwig continued: &ldquoIf there's any specific scene that would hint to that, it would be when the Seer licks Floki's hand, as opposed to the other way around, which is what we've seen up until then.

&ldquoFor any fervent Vikings fans, that would mean a lot to them, I think if they were reading into it.&rdquo

Fans will have to wait until Vikings season six, part two returns later this year to find out more about Floki.

Floki in Vikings is based on a real Norseman, Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, who lived in the 9th century.

The real Floki is believed to be the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland, setting sail with his wife Gró and his children included Oddleifur and Þjóðgerður.

He was searching for the land previously discovered by Norseman Garðar Svavarsson.

Evidence of the real Floki&rsquos existence can be found in the Landnámabók manuscript, a medieval Icelandic source.

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According to the Landnámabók, Floki embarked on his journey to Iceland in 868.

Floki travelled to Iceland via the Shetland Islands and the Faroe Islands.

Upon arrival, Floki set up a winter camp in Vatnsfjörður at Barðaströnd and is believed to have hiked up to one of the highest mountains in Iceland, Nónfell in Westfjords.

According to ancient Norse sources, whilst at the top of the mountain, he spotted a large fjord Ísafjörður, which at the time was full of drift ice.

Floki is then to have named the entire land, Iceland.

Floki did return to Norway, but according to the Landnámabók and research by The Saga Museum, Floki returned to Iceland and settled there until his death.

Unfortunately, there is no mention in Norse sagas or historical sources how the real Floki died.

He most likely died of old age or an illness. There is also no mention of him dying in battle.

However, there is no mention of Floki entering an active volcano as portrayed in Vikings.

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At the end of season five, Floki entered a cave believing he had found Asgard.

However, when inside the cave, he discovered a Christian cross, sending him to his knees and crying out in disbelief.

At the moment it remains unknown if Floki is dead or alive, or even if Skarsgård will reprise his role as the eccentric boatbuilder.

In the sixth series, Ubbe (played by Jordan Patrick Smith) is on a mission to find Floki, so fans should keep their fingers crossed.

Floki in the series, just like, the real Floki, does venture to Iceland and settle there, believing he has found Asgard, a location associated with the Gods.

He is also portrayed as close friends with Viking legend, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), he spouse of the late Helga (Maude Hirst), the father of the late Angrboda and adoptive father of the late Tanaruz.

In real life, Floki is not believed to have encountered any of the Norse figures he does in the series.

Floki also was responsible for the death of former Christian monk, Athelstan (George Blagden).

This brutal killing did not place in real life. The real Athelstan dad in Gloucester, England in October 939.

Vikings: Why Floki Didn't Die In The Cave

Vikings season 6B revealed Floki was alive and well, and there are good reasons for him not to have been killed in the cave.

The final batch of episodes of Vikings season 6 answered the biggest questions fans had, including that about Floki’s fate, who was revealed to be alive – and here’s why the series’ creator decided he wouldn’t die in the cave. Created by Michael Hirst, Vikings premiered on History Channel in 2013, and even though it was originally planned to be a miniseries, it was renewed for a second season shortly after, allowing it to continue telling the stories of Ragnar, Lagertha, Floki, and more. Vikings lived on for a total of six seasons, coming to an end in December 2020.

Vikings initially followed legendary Norse figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his travels and raids alongside his Viking brothers. As the story progressed, the series began to shift its focus to Ragnar’s sons and their own journeys, eventually turning them into the protagonists of the show, especially after Ragnar’s death in season 4. Very few characters from the first season of Vikings, and especially those close to Ragnar, made it to the final episode, as many died at some point before it or simply stopped showing up, as was the case of Rollo (Clive Standen), Ragnar’s brother and recurrent antagonist, and only one remained as the link to the show’s origins: Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).

Floki is Kattegat’s exceptional boatbuilder, local trickster, and Ragnar’s best friend, who stayed by his side through many, many battles. Floki is a very eccentric man, and while he seems joyful most of the time, deep inside he’s quite troubled. Like many other characters in Vikings, Floki went through many ups and downs throughout the series, including the deaths of his wife and daughters, the death of Ragnar, and his failed settlement on Iceland, which he believed to be Asgard. In Vikings season 5, Floki’s settlement fell apart, and he ended up traveling alone into a cave he believed to be a gate to Helheim (their version of Hell), but once inside, he found a Christian cross. The cave turned out to be inside a volcano, which erupted while he was there, causing the cave to collapse. Viewers were led to believe that was the end of Floki, but the beloved trickster returned in season 6B and made it to the final episode alive, and to everyone’s surprise, he had already arrived at the “New World”, where he reunited with Ubbe.

Floki and Ubbe were the protagonists of the final scene in Vikings, with the former telling Ragnar’s son that he will die soon and Ubbe asking if that’s the end. Speaking to EW, Michael Hirst revealed he called Floki a “pagan fundamentalist, pushing himself to the limit on each occasion”, so he could allow him to survive even the most extreme situations, like being trapped in a cave. Hirst added that he knew Floki would appear in the New World as he was too important to “just leave him at the bottom of a volcano”. Hirst went on to explain that he thinks Floki finally found peace after being a troubled soul for so long, so knowing that he was dying didn’t worry him much. As for giving the final scene in Vikings to Ubbe and Floki at the beach in the New World, Hirst said he decided to make it “more of an up ending than a down ending”.

Vikings fans were surely relieved to see Floki alive and well in season 6 and living a peaceful life far away from the lands that brought him so much trouble and heartbreak, and it was also heartwarming to have one final link to the original cast in the final episodes. Surely, Floki dying in a cave next to a Christian cross wouldn’t have done justice to the character, and the ending Hirst came up with for him was a lot more satisfying.

Vikings: How Floki's Real Death Compares To The Show

Floki might have died in Vikings season 5, but his death on the show is very different from the one of the real Floki. Let's take a look.

The fate of Vikings’ Floki is currently unknown, and while some still hope he will return in the final episodes of the series, many others are convinced that he died in the cave – but how does his death in the show compare to the one of the real Floki? Created by Michael Hirst, Vikings debuted on History Channel in 2013, and even though it was originally planned to be a miniseries, it was quickly renewed for a second season. Thanks to that, viewers got to really know the stories of Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, Floki, and more.

Vikings has changed a lot over the course of six seasons, and it has said goodbye to as many characters as it has welcomed. The series initially followed legendary Norse figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his travels and raids alongside his Viking brothers, among those his actual brother, Rollo (Clive Standen), and his best friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård). As the series progressed, it shifted its focus to Ragnar’s sons and their own journeys, making them the protagonists. Ragnar died in season 4, but many other characters who stood by his side from the beginning continued being part of the series, among those Floki, who was last seen in season 5.

Floki was a boat builder and the trickster of the group, whose eccentric personality made him stand out from the rest of the Vikings. Floki was very close to Ragnar, and though he was a joyful man, he was also emotionally troubled, and more often than not reacted with anger (as he did when he killed Athelstan). Floki was also very loyal to the Gods, to the point where he avoided doing things that could make them mad. This is one of the reasons why he never liked Athelstan, as he was a Christian and had a big influence on Ragnar. Floki went on his own way in Vikings season 5, where he established himself in Iceland, which he believed to be Asgard. Later on in the series, his settlement fell apart, and his disillusion with the Gods was such that he went to look for answers inside a cave he believed to be a gate to Helheim. Once inside, however, he discovered a Christian cross, and as he laughed and cried, he found out the cave was inside a volcano, which erupted at that moment, trapping him and possibly killing him, as he hasn’t appeared in season 6 (yet).

Unlike other characters in Vikings, as is Ragnar himself, Floki is based on a real person, but Hirst and company took some liberties when building the character. Floki is loosely based on Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, the first Norseman to intentionally sail to Iceland. Contrary to Vikings Floki, who by then was already alone as his wife Helga and their daughters had died, the real Floki was accompanied by his family on his journey. After some trouble in this newfound land, Floki and company returned to Norway, and though he believed Iceland to be worthless, he returned and lived there until his death – and there’s no mention of him going into a cave inside an active volcano.

Of course, there are similarities between the real Floki and the one in Vikings, such as both settling in Iceland and becoming disillusioned by it (for different reasons), but the death of Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson didn’t have the emotional charge the show needed. Floki’s death in Vikings hasn’t been confirmed yet, so there’s still some hope that he will make one final appearance in season 6b, but either way, the series surely won’t give him a somewhat peaceful death like the one the real Floki probably had.

Vikings Season 6 Soundtrack Teases Floki’s Return

Season 5’s episode “What Happens in the Cave” saw Floki entering a cave he believed to be an entrance to Helheim, as he became disillusioned with the Gods after what happened to his settlement in Iceland. Floki didn’t find the answers he was looking for inside the cave, and instead came across with something worse (for him, that is): a Christian cross. Floki had always been very loyal to the Gods, so much that he didn’t like Athelstan, a Christian monk, and his influence on Ragnar. Unfortunately, the cave was inside an active volcano, which erupted and trapped him inside.

Some fans are convinced Floki will return as Skarsgård was spotted on set when season 6 was filming, but the soundtrack of Vikings season 6 has the biggest clue about Floki’s fate. According to SoundtrackTracklist (via NME), track #26 is titled “Floki Tells of Why He Left Iceland”, pointing at his survival and possible return. With Ubbe in Iceland looking for him, the second part of Vikings season 6 could see a reunion of these two characters, allowing viewers to learn what happened to Floki since the eruption of the volcano and if/how much his views have changed after that experience.

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