Here is everything you need to know about the most honorable Vinland Saga Characters, ranked.
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Leif Ericson Looks Out For Others
Leif Ericson is no warrior, but he is a highly skilled and experienced navigator and sailor who once made it to the New World. He befriended the natives and returned with a headdress and pipe. He only plays a supporting role, but at least he’s honorable about it.
He felt terrible about Thors’ death and sword to find and rescue the lonely Thorfinn, though it took years for them to meet up again. Now Leif is too old to travel and instead supports Thorfinn in spirit from his farm on Greenland.
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Snake Encouraged Thorfinn To Not Give Up
The punkish Olmar and the dishonorable Fox tormented Thorfinn and Einar. Snake isn’t Thorfinn’s new friend or foster father. He does believe in fairness and won’t let people be tortured or killed for fun.
Snake also encouraged Thorfinn to believe in himself, mostly by forcing Thorfinn to perform self-defense in a brief duel. With that single action, Snake taught Thorfinn to value his own life and make something of it. Snake knew it was too soon for Thorfinn to give up on everything.
Ragnar Was Canute’s Reliable Bodyguard
Ragnar was Canute’s loyal and dependable bodyguard. He was tough with Canute’s enemies and gentle with the prince himself. Ragnar ranks among Vinland Saga’s most honorable characters. He selflessly puts his duty first and is perfectly trustworthy and reliable.
Ragnar sometimes clashed with Askeladd and Thorfinn concerning Canute’s safety. He later died, but fortunately, Askeladd stepped up to protect Canute in his place.
Thorfinn Karlsefni Had An Honorable Redemption
The antihero Thorfinn Karlsefni was anything but honorable during his Askeladd days. Coldly mocking or attacking anyone who got in the way of his revenge quest. Then he did some serious introspection on Ketil’s farm and was reborn as a pacifist who sought to create Vinland at last.
Thorfinn could still defend himself, but he wisely favored cooperation, understanding, and peace over war. He also sought to atone for his many crimes, most of all to Hild. He became an inspiring, selfless leader for the Vinland colonization effort.