We’re Talking Viking: KALF


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The Shieldmaidens of History (Protecting the Innocent from Anachronisms) welcome you back to our series on the History Channel show Vikings. 

146a6-lissa-bryanHistorical fiction author Lissa Bryan is with me again to discuss the historical aspects of the show. Lissa has written a fantastic historical fiction story of her own, and she is an amazing historian and storyteller. (You can read my review of her Tudor love story, Under These Restless Skies here on my site.)


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Heillir! We—Lissa Bryan and Sandi Layne—are two historical fiction authors with a serious thing for Vikings. And for VIKINGS, the amazing series that is going to begin its fourth season on HISTORY CHANNEL.

We are SO excited! So, Warriors and Shieldmaidens all, get your weapons and armor ready, because it’s going to be an amazing season!

A young man, whom I often call “Kalfling”, Kalf is a native of Hedeby, Lagertha’s new demesne. He is played by Ben Robson with confidence and attitude.

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He appears to have a thing for Lagertha (the new Earl Ingstad) but his plan reveals itself over time: He wants her position. And he’ll do what he has to to get it. Of course, if he gets her into bed, he won’t complain.

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He played up to his liege lady, but then when she left to go to on long raid to Wessex, he betrayed her and recruited King Horik’s son to lend him credence.

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Lagertha managed somehow to put this betrayal aside as they raided Paris, but she made it clear that he was not forgiven. Kalf surprised us all when he saved Lagertha’s life during the raid on Paris, holding her back, then knocking her out cold with a left hook in order to keep her from charging into a rain of arrows.

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After the battle, she agreed to become his lover, but took him into her arms with this warning:


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How will she handle the situation in Season Four? Michael Hirst, the series creator, has said that the situation will resolve itself in unexpected ways.

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Whatever happens, I bet it will be fascinating.


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What are your thoughts? Join Lissa Bryan and me, Sandi, tonight as we chat at 8PM EST on Twitter about Kalf and what the series might have in store for him. Use the hashtag #ShieldGeeks to join in the fun!