Thorfinn: Character Analysis

Francisco Daniel, Sports Editor

Thorfinn’s dagger represents his ambition, revenge, existence, and grip on his father; when Askeladd died, Thorfinn’s dagger slowly fell, showing himself and his life memories. His dagger falling shows how his existence is becoming nothing. His sole reason for living had been stripped away from him, out of his reach. It also symbolizes him letting his father go and allowing his father to rest from the bloodshed.

Now that Thorfinn has let go of his father, he understands that “a true warrior needs no sword.” His revenge is over, and when he sees his memories reflecting from the dagger, it’s him looking for his place in the world. His existence. He no longer belongs anywhere. Yet, the arrows on the blade represent his will only to move forward. To seek and carry out his revenge, yet his direction in life falls with all other things.

“What will you do with your life, Thorfinn?”-Askeladd. The man Thorfinn wanted nothing more than to kill was the very one who woke Thorfinn up to reality. That he “has no enemies.” Thorfinn’s main goal was to kill Askeladd, so he had no idea what could fill his guilty emptiness when he was left with nothing. He decided he would make amends which completely went against his old nature, to kill first. Instead, he no longer needed to fight and would begin his path to Vinland.

The panel in this slide shows Thorfinn on a ship after Thor’s death. Most importantly, the shadowing of the forum creates an image of a boat coveted by the dark. This exemplifies how younger Thorfinn felt his path to revenge began. In the panel, you can see a rope of the ship connected to the one Askeladd is on. This showcases how Thorfinn leeched onto Askeladd, being pulled toward his revenge, ultimately giving him no control over his own goal; once again, existentialism is shown in this. His existence no longer belongs on a boat because he cannot enjoy it.

The Last panel is a representation of Thorfinn’s lack of happy ambitions(at the time). However, this panel is the complete opposite of that. The shadowing is much more vibrant as Thorfinn has found his place in the world, and rather than being pulled by the rope of revenge, the rope of adventure is hurting him. To find Vinland and build a world of peace that reigns over a world of hate

To start, wheat in Vinland Saga is a symbol of Hope, a story of progress. To grow into something beautiful. A promise. Wheat is a prime example of the development Thorfinn has undergone, as well as his journey as a character. At the beginning of The Farmland Arc, he is practically depressed. He wanted to atone for his sins. Fortunately, Enair shows up and begins planting seeds with Thorfinn—the seeds of hope.

Grievously, the wheat of hope would be destroyed, crumbling the sinful hands of Thorfinn, symbolizing his development of becoming a better person. Considering this, he resorted to violence, punching the person at fault. He then passes out, entering a dream. The field of death and regret. It represented everything the new Thorfinn wanted to run from; he then spoke to his father and left the plan, followed by him confidently deciding that he would use his life for good. To be happy

This panel says, “The wheat sown in Autumn.” which conveys Thorfinn’s development. The seed of hope(wheat/Thorfinn)had been successfully planted. Thorfinn is finally set on something involving peace. The first dialogue box represents The Farmland Arc.