Quote1 I will create a worldly paradise in this land. A place of peace and prosperity. An ideal country for those who live in suffering... Perhaps the work will not be finished in my generation. But I will be the one to take that first bold step. Quote2
— Canute[1]

Canute is the king of Denmark and England, succeeding his father Sweyn and brother Harald.


Canute is first introduced with long blond hair, large blue eyes, pouty lips, and a feminine-looking face. Up to his late teens, he is often confused for a girl.[4][5][6]

After becoming king, Canute cuts his hair short and grows some facial hair. Below his left eye is a scar that was left by Thorfinn.[7]


Although initially timid, weak and always hiding behind Ragnar, Canute begins to stick up for himself as Thorfinn constantly puts him down. Wanting revenge on his father for being secretly marked for death, Canute develops a more commanding and demanding personality. This was brought out by Askeladd's assassination of Ragnar, whom he wanted to eliminate as he was standing in the way of Canute's emotional maturity.

Later on, he became a ruthless and manipulative character who doesn't hesitate to get rid of anyone getting into his way of building a paradise on Earth. He also grows extremely paranoid and constantly haunted by the ghost of his late sire and father.


A decent fighter later in the series Canute is better known as a cunning and charismatic general.



  1. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 43, page 19–20
  2. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 24, page 11, Canute is the same age as Thorfinn.
  3. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 101, page 12, Thorfinn is 22 in December 1018.
  4. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 22, page 36
  5. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 23, page 19
  6. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 49, page 12–13
  7. Vinland Saga Manga; Chapter 54, page 22

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