‘Vikings’: What Happened To Arne?

In the series Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) has a number of loyal friends and warriors, especially in the beginning of the series. One of those is Arne (Tadhg Murphy), sometimes referred to as “One-Eye.” He has an eye patch over one eye and a long scar across his face. He’s seen throughout season 1. What happens to Arne in Vikings? We have all the details you need to know.

Who is Arne?

'Vikings' ship at San Diego Comic Con
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Arne is a capable warrior whose quite handy with a number of weapons. He’s among the men recruited to sail west with Ragnar for the first ever raid on England at Lindisfarne, something that changes their world forever. He helps Ragnar and the other Vikings bring back treasure in the raid, and from then on, he becomes a faithful friend to Ragnar. They fight together on numerous occasions, and he’s a usual background character in season 1.

He’s almost chosen as a sacrifice

When Ragnar intends to sacrifice Athelstan (George Blagden) at Uppsala in a ritual to the gods he believes in, the priest doesn’t allow it to happen because he believes Athelstan is still a Christian when he sees him wearing a cross on his wrist. In his place, Arne is about to stand up to be sacrificed instead. However, Leif (Diarmaid Murtagh) decides to be the one sacrificed according to Arne’s Fandom page. He pats Arne on the back and stands up to be chosen.

Arne tries to get Rollo to see sense in season 2

Clare Dunne and Tadhg Murphy
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Rollo (Clive Standen) and his brother Ragnar are on opposing sides in a fight in season 2. Ragnar allies himself with King Horik (Donal Logue), and Rollo with Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr). The appropriately titled season 2 premiere, “Brother’s War,” involves Arne riding on horseback to the other camp where Rollo and Jarl Borg are. He tries to get Rollo to see sense and not fight against Ragnar, but it’s no use.

When Jarl Borg asks what he wants, Arne says, “I’m here on behalf of Ragnar Lothbrok. I want to speak to his brother.”

Jarl Borg tells him to speak, and Arne says, “Rollo. You and I fought together many times. I don’t suppose you’ve forgotten. I think of you as a brother. Over there is your real brother. Your own flesh and blood. Are you sure you want to raise your axe against him?”

Rollo asks if Ragnar sent him, and Arne doesn’t answer. He walks away with Arne saying, “What answer shall I give him?”


“Tell him I shall answer him in blood,” Rollo replies.

Arne is killed

In the fighting against both sides, Arne fights with Rollo head-to-head, and he’s murdered by him. He’ stabbed by Rollo with a spear and lifted up into the air on it. It’s truly a gruesome sight and a terrible situation that affects Ragnar and his men. When Rollo sees his brother, he eventually surrenders after admitting he can’t fight him. It’s just very unfortunate that he couldn’t have come to that conclusion before killing Arne the way he did. It’s a sad end to someone who was a loyal friend to Ragnar. 

As for Rollo, Ragnar actually has the Law Giver spare his life by bribing him, but Rollo betrays him once more years later in Paris, allying himself with Francia and fighting Ragnar again.