Torvi is one of the most memorable women on Vikings, but some things about her don’t really add up.
History Channel’s Vikings features many strong female characters in its ranks, with their roles in the viking society getting more significant with each passing season. One of these women is Torvi, who was introduced in Season 2 as Jarl Borg’s pregnant second wife. After her husband suffered a brutal death, Torvi settles in Kattegat. She is now on shameless Björn’s radar and the two eventually get married.
But since vikings are not really a monogamous type, she ends up with Björn’s younger brother, Ubbe. Torvi is caring, strong-willed and loyal. With each succeeding season, this shield maiden gets more fearless and brave. However, there are certain things that simply don’t add up about her character, ranging from personality quirks to some weird inconsistencies.
Her Transformation From Abused Wife To Fierce Shield Maiden
Her Transformation From Abused Wife To Fierce SViking’s plot, so far, has covered several decades worth of story, so there definitely was time for lots of character development. However, it’s highly unlikely that a shy young girl such as Torvi somehow ends up as a fierce, independent warrior in a relatively short period of time.
Torvi has always been brave, but she didn’t handle blood and gore well at all. Previously, she fainted while watching Jarl Borg being blood-eagled but by Season 5, she is seemingly untouchable in battle and kills everybody left and right. This transformation isn’t impossible, but it feels rather abrupt.ield Maiden
First Björn, Then Ubbe
Perhaps it’s all very logical: Torvi simply has a thing for Ragnar’s sons or the Lothbrok family in general. But what makes zero sense about it is just how effortlessly she went from being Björn’s wife to Ubbe’s wife.
She initiated the whole thing by kissing Ubbe after the two discussed what a bad, power-hungry wife Margrethe is. Torvi now has a son with Ubbe, so her children are simultaneously cousins and siblings. In today’s world, such family trees make zero sense at all.
She Somehow Survives Life-Threatening Injuries
Even by Vikings standards, “On The Eve” was a bloody episode. After the battle, Torvi lies in the mud and she looks pretty dead. With two arrows in her arms and that empty look, the audience expected that her story ends right then and there.
However, in the next episode, “The Reckoning”, Torvi is miraculously alive. Not only is she not dead, she is perfectly healthy, chilling with her fellow shield maidens. How exactly did this happen?
She Offers Herself As Sacrifice While Pregnant
Torvi’s love for Lagertha is also a bit random, but for now, let’s just focus on the fact that she offered herself as sacrifice, knowing well that she can’t do that because she’s pregnant. In one of the first conversations she has with Ubbe, he tells her that he wishes she was the mother of his children, not Margrethe. Why exactly would anyone want Torvi to be their mother?
She leaves her children behind, blames others for what fate befalls them and then wants to give up her own life as well as the life of her unborn child.
She Doesn’t Seem To Age
While male characters obviously age and wither, the women of the show stay the same. Torvi has lived through four marriages, witnessed deaths of countless people she loved, had four children and fought in several battles. However, she looks just as young and resilient as she did in Season 2 – perhaps even better!
Torvi must be at least 40 years old by now. In that time period, people rarely made it so far and when they did, they were frail and weak instead of teeming with life.
Her Loyalty To Lagertha
Torvi is the kind of a character that no one really pays too much attention to, even though she is always there. At some point, Torvi is established as Lagertha’s devoted friend and counselor.
Sure, Lagertha supported Torvi when she decided for Björn over Erlendur, but the writers didn’t dedicate much time to develop their relationship, so it comes across as a bit forced and illogical.
No One Seems Surprised About Her Baptism
In “A New God”, Torvi and Ubbe are baptized as Christians and the event is witnessed by both Björn and Lagertha. They were urged to do so by King Alfred and while it makes sense from a diplomatic point of view, it’s outright ridiculous in the world of the vikings.
A woman who has let her first husband be tortured in order to make it to Valhalla is now holding hands and wearing a cross. The only person from Season 1 who would be happy about such developments is Athelstan, the studious monk Ragnar brings back from the British isles. And yet, no one seems to mind what would be considered blasphemy to the Norse gods.
Her Reaction To Guthrum’s Death
“Moments Of Vision” was one of Season 5’s strongest episodes. In a dramatic battle, Ragnar’s son Hvitserk kills Torvi’s firstborn, Guthrum. While Torvi didn’t seem to really care about him all that much, she naturally breaks down as she witnesses his death. She runs off Hvitserk and takes several slow-motion moments to say goodbye to him. The battle rages on, but she gets to take some time-off.
What makes even less sense is this: Lagertha could have prevented his death, but she just stood there watching.
She Left Kattegat To Find Floki
With Kattegat forever changed and her ex-husband proclaimed king, Torvi embarks on an adventure with Ubbe. He wants to find Floki and Torvi seems to share his passion.
Why does Torvi care about Floki? The two never had any meaningful exchanges, but all of a sudden she’d risk life and limb to find him. The happy couple makes it to Iceland and Torvi gives birth to their son, Ragnar.
She Survived More Battles Than Realistically Possible
Vikings taught us that women can be great warriors, too. They are fast and make for smaller targets, but Torvi is unfortunately not very skilled at fighting. She’s capable in her own right, but she’s not exactly the best female warrior in the show.
With that knowledge, are we supposed to believe she learned how to fight in just a couple of years while it took most other fighters their whole lives to prepare for battles? Even when she is seriously injured, she magically gains her full fighting power back, as if two arrows to vital parts of her body were nothing but flesh wounds.