Tadhg Murphy Is Arne ‘One Eye’
Arne ‘One Eye’
Arne was one of Ragnar Lothbrok’s loyal warriors, recruited during their secret meeting held at Erik’s house and is one of the first warriors at the meeting to volunteer to sail west with Ragnar to England. He is a skilled archer. Arne wears a leather eye patch which he occasionally discards to use his bow and arrow effectively.
When Ragnar’s ship sets sail for England, Arne is among the volunteers recruited at Erik’s home. Arne, seen squatting on deck, witnessed Ragnar kill one of the crew for accusing Ragnar of being in partnership with the trickster among the Norse gods, Loki. After their successful raid of Lindisfarne, Arne returned to the longboat with the others.
In Dispossessed, Arne sailed back to England with Ragnar. He is among the landing party that slaughtered the local Sheriff and his men.
In Trial, Arne called out to Ragnar and Rollo when the raiders sight Hexham. When asked by Ragner what day it is today, Arne casually replied “Saturday”. As such, Ragnar told them that they will wait until Sunday to attack, during mass.
When the party entered the church during mass, Arne is the first one to kill a defending Saxon with his battleaxe. After the raid, they find Saxons waiting for them on the beach, where Arne was seen immediately killing one Saxon soldier with his bow. As the battle raged on, Arne was lifted up on a shield to fire arrows at the Saxons from behind the ‘shield wall’.
Arne was present during the celebration of Ragnar’s release at Erik’s home, seen dancing with Floki and Leif. After Ragnar asked for a toast “To friends and freedom,” Arne told him that “You’ll never be free of us!” before stumbling back to join Leif and Floki.
When the celebration was interrupted by Earl Haraldson’s men, Arne survived the encounter, as he solemnly stared at Erik’s body in the aftermath with the others.
In Sacrifice, Arne is seen willing to be the sacrifice in place of Athelstan, before Leif quickly motions him to stay seated so that he could volunteer as sacrifice instead of Arne.
In Brother’s War, when Ragnar’s and Borg’s forces face eachother in battle – with Rollo fighting against his brother on the side of Jarl Borg, Arne and Rollo face off, ending with Arne’s death when a spear-wielding Rollo impales him, almost superhumanly lifting his mortally-wounded once-comrade skyward over the fray.
Tadhg Murphy is an actor, known for Alexander (2004), Boy Eats Girl (2005) and Jellybaby (2005).
Finishing up a successful run of The Walworth Farce at the National Theatre in London. [November 2008]
Appeared in and toured with the successful play Dublin By Lamplight.