Sverkell is an elderly man who closely resembles both his son and his grandson Thorgil. His top hair is completely thinned out and he appears to be very frail in stature, which does not keep him from harvesting crops on his own though.
At first glance he seems to be quite a grumpy person, but he appears to actually be soft at heart. This is suggested by the fact that he helps out Thorfinn and Einar by lending them his farming utensils in exchange for their helping hands on his fields. This is further implied by his deep bond with Snake, even though they are depicted fighting a lot. On top of that, Sverkell is strong-willed, hardworking and stubborn.