Guest post by Fanta, INTJ
Dominant Te: Ragnar Lothbrok is a serious and focused leader who is quick to retort and act to gain the upper hand when things do not go his way. He is a pioneer in his own right, and fully organised a raid to England (using improved technologies) even before getting approval from Earl Haraldson, whose denial of his wish to raid the west promptly caused Ragnar to question his authority. His peers quickly rally under his command, and whoever questions his plans, such as his brother Rollo, gets a firm retort that closes the door to discussion. Even during celebrations, Ragnar never relaxes, instead observing the people he does not trust, and planning his next move to deal with those who may be a threat to his Ni vision.
Auxiliary Ni: In the first episode, Ragnar tells his son Bjorn about his vision of exploring the west and how he yearns for more knowledge and expansion, which he regularly mentions throughout the months that follow the first raid. Ragnar’s intuition is what makes him a superior military strategist, giving him the right hunches in battle, and tempering his basic instinct to react right away. If he feels a situation directly impacts his long-term success, such as negotiations with King Ecbert, his Ni makes him use objectivity, patience, and diplomacy instead of letting his feelings and desire for action control his words.
Tertiary Se: In stressful or unexpected situations where the Ni vision is set aside, Ragnar has the ability to quickly assess new battlegrounds and react to ambushes. He falls into the TeSe mode when his family is threatened or insulted, aggressively getting rid of the people who annoyed him or hurt them even though they could have been useful to his long term plan. He enjoys the company (and bed) of beautiful women, and does not shy away from flirting and expressing his desire to have both Lagertha and Aslaug as his wives. Ragnar is a good observer of his surroundings, and is curious about the exotic objects and Roman statues lying around Kind Ecbert’s mansion. If it serves him and his vision, he will use his wits and charms to rally a crowd.
Inferior Fi: Ragnar feels personally slighted and upset when others disregard his vision or make changes to his plans without considering his initial ideas. He is insensitive, ignoring Lagertha’s plea to accompany him in the raids, dismissing his son’s heartfelt request to trust him with criticism on his battle skills, and failing to notice’s his brother’s burning desire for equality. Ragnar has developed his own code of ethics and values: in the duel with Earl Haraldson, he kills him fairly instead of letting his frustration dictate his actions; when he gives his word to Bjorn he will not sleep with Aslaug again, he keeps it despite strong temptations.
Author’s Note: I’ve seen Ragnar typed as ESTP , but he is not a Se dom. I think his Te is confused with Se because of the numerous battles we see in this show. More often than not, Ragnar lacks the typical Se impulsiveness and doesn’t display bravado simply to impress crowds. I hesitated for a while with INTJ, because Ragnar’s character changes in the second and third seasons. He is less sarcastic, no longer makes appeals to crowds, keeps to himself a lot more, and starts declaring that he did not wish for power. In the end inferior Fi (and the occasional TeSe reactions) is what I feel makes Ragnar ENTJ, as well as his constant attitude, not his words, towards leadership.