History Literature / RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons

18th Mar '17 11:45:48 PM Dirtyblue929
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Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons were popular stuff of legend of medieval Northern Europe; however the details of the story vary considerably-– especially the number and names of the sons. Nevertheless, many of the episodes are obviously [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on history]]: Ragnar may be inspired by a certain viking warlord Reginer who sacked Paris in 845, Ivar the Boneless is modelled on a certain "Hinguar"[[note]]A Latinization of "Ingvar", Ivar for short.[[/note]] who, together with his brothers, invaded England in 865, and the Ragnarssons’ foray to the South mirrors a real-life viking invasion of the Mediterranean that occurred in 859-862. Altogether, the saga is cleverly stitched between the age of legend and history--while the Ragnarssons are descended from mythic heroes, they are also (supposedly) the ancestors of the historical royal houses of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}, Denmark and Sweden. For more, sometimes conflicting material on the tale of Ragnar, see book 9 of ''Literature/GestaDanorum'', "Literature/{{Krakumal}}", and "Literature/TheTaleOfNornaGest".

A free translation of ''Ragnar's Saga'' can be found [[http://www.turbidwater.com/portfolio/downloads/RagnarsSaga.pdf here (pdf file)]]; "Tale of Ragnar's Sons" can be read [[http://www.northvegr.org/sagas%20annd%20epics/legendary%20heroic%20and%20imaginative%20sagas/old%20heithinn%20tales%20from%20the%20north/055.html here.]]

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Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons were popular stuff of legend of medieval Northern Europe; however the details of the story vary considerably-– especially the number and names of the sons. Nevertheless, many of the episodes are obviously [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on history]]: Ragnar may be inspired by a certain viking warlord Reginer who sacked Paris in 845, Ivar the Boneless is modelled on a certain "Hinguar"[[note]]A Latinization of "Ingvar", Ivar for short.[[/note]] who, together with his brothers, invaded England in 865, and the Ragnarssons’ foray to the South mirrors a real-life viking invasion of the Mediterranean that occurred in 859-862. Altogether, the saga is cleverly stitched between the age of legend and history--while the Ragnarssons are descended from mythic heroes, they are also (supposedly) the ancestors of the historical royal houses of UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}, Denmark and Sweden. For more, sometimes conflicting material on the tale of Ragnar, see book 9 of ''Literature/GestaDanorum'', "Literature/{{Krakumal}}", ''Literature/{{Krakumal}}'', and "Literature/TheTaleOfNornaGest".

''Literature/TheTaleOfNornaGest''.

A free translation of ''Ragnar's Saga'' can be found [[http://www.turbidwater.com/portfolio/downloads/RagnarsSaga.pdf here (pdf file)]]; "Tale ''Tale of Ragnar's Sons" Sons'' can be read [[http://www.northvegr.org/sagas%20annd%20epics/legendary%20heroic%20and%20imaginative%20sagas/old%20heithinn%20tales%20from%20the%20north/055.html here.]]
18th Mar '17 11:43:42 PM Dirtyblue929
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The ''Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok'' (''Ragnars saga loðbrókar'') and "Tale of Ragnar’s Sons" ("Ragnarssona þáttr") are two 13th century [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic sagas]], telling the story of a prestigious clan of enterprising warlord-kings, set in a fictionalised 9th century, in the heyday of the [[HornyVikings viking raids]]. The authorship is [[AnonymousAuthor anonymous]]. Despite what the titles suggest, the two works are not {{sequel}}s, rather different treatments of the same story, but with a shift in emphasis, and also a few inconsistencies between them. The "Tale" is much shorter than the ''Saga''.

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The ''Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok'' (''Ragnars saga loðbrókar'') and "Tale ''Tale of Ragnar’s Sons" ("Ragnarssona þáttr") Sons'' (''Ragnarssona þáttr'') are two 13th century [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic sagas]], telling the story of a prestigious clan of enterprising warlord-kings, set in a fictionalised 9th century, in the heyday of the [[HornyVikings viking raids]]. The authorship is [[AnonymousAuthor anonymous]]. Despite what the titles suggest, the two works are not {{sequel}}s, rather different treatments of the same story, but with a shift in emphasis, and also a few inconsistencies between them. The "Tale" is much shorter than the ''Saga''.
3rd Mar '17 3:08:28 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* DefiantToTheEnd: As Ragnar lies dying in Aella's snake pit his FamousLastWords are: "How the little pigs would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffers!", referring to how his sons are not going to take his death lightly.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: As Ragnar lies dying in Aella's snake pit his FamousLastWords are: "How the little pigs piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffers!", referring to how his sons are not going to take the news of his death lightly.
17th Jan '17 2:56:13 PM StarSword
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The sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are among those medieval works that deal explicitly with viking expeditions (even if they are not strong on the realism), and portrayal of Vikings in fiction often takes inspiration from them. This begins, of course, with all the fictional Viking chiefs called Ragnar. The 1958 Hollywood epic ''Film/TheVikings'', the 2013 TV series ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', and novels such as the ''[[Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross Hammer and the Cross]]'' trilogy and the ''[[Literature/TheSaxonStories Saxon Stories]]'' series are loosely based on the sagas.

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The sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are among those medieval works that deal explicitly with viking expeditions (even if they are not strong on the realism), and portrayal of Vikings in fiction often takes inspiration from them. This begins, of course, with all the fictional Viking chiefs called Ragnar. The 1958 Hollywood epic ''Film/TheVikings'', the 2013 TV series ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', and novels such as the ''[[Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross Hammer and the Cross]]'' trilogy and the ''[[Literature/TheSaxonStories Saxon Stories]]'' series are loosely based on the sagas. Ragnar and his sons are also playable in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'': Ragnar is the heir of Sigurdr of Uppland at the 769 AD start date in the "Charlemagne" DLC, while "The Old Gods" starts during the Norse invasion of Britain with all the brothers featured.
3rd Jan '17 1:17:43 PM LordGro
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* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Aella who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Ælla has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.

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* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Aella who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Ælla Aella has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.
3rd Jan '17 1:17:07 PM LordGro
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[[caption-width-right:350: "King Ælla's messenger before Ragnar Lodbrok's sons", by August Malmström (1857)]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: "King Ælla's Aella's messenger before Ragnar Lodbrok's sons", by August Malmström (1857)]]



* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Ælla who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Ælla has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.
* DefiantToTheEnd: As Ragnar lies dying in Ælla's snake pit his FamousLastWords are: "How the little pigs would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffers!", referring to how his sons are not going to take his death lightly.

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* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Ælla Aella who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Ælla has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.
* DefiantToTheEnd: As Ragnar lies dying in Ælla's Aella's snake pit his FamousLastWords are: "How the little pigs would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffers!", referring to how his sons are not going to take his death lightly.



* FeelNoPain: When Ælla's messenger relates Ragnar's death to the Ragnarssons, Sigurd is paring his fingernails with a knife. He listens to the messenger so attentively (and presumably, is so worked up internally) he does not notice he is cutting into his own flesh "until the knife stood in the bone, and he did not flinch at that."

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* FeelNoPain: When Ælla's Aella's messenger relates Ragnar's death to the Ragnarssons, Sigurd is paring his fingernails with a knife. He listens to the messenger so attentively (and presumably, is so worked up internally) he does not notice he is cutting into his own flesh "until the knife stood in the bone, and he did not flinch at that."
3rd Jan '17 1:10:23 PM LordGro
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3rd Jan '17 1:09:28 PM LordGro
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* CruelMercy: When Aslaug leaves Aki and Grima, the couple that murdered her foster-father, she forgoes taking revenge on them, because they also raised her; but she predicts that their lives will be unhappy and will only go downhill from there.
-->''"For the sake of the long time that I have lived with you two, I will not do you any harm--but I now pronounce that each day will be worse for you than those that have passed, and your last day will be the worst. Now we are parted."''
22nd Nov '16 2:44:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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[[caption-width-right:350: "King Aella's messenger before Ragnar Lodbrok's sons", by August Malmström (1857)]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: "King Aella's Ælla's messenger before Ragnar Lodbrok's sons", by August Malmström (1857)]]



* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Aella who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Aella has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.

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* DefiantCaptive: Captured by the Northumbrians, Ragnar refuses to tell Aella Ælla who he is, or indeed speak to him at all. Even when Aella Ælla has him thrown into a snake pit to make him talk, Ragnar continues to ignore him.him.
* DefiantToTheEnd: As Ragnar lies dying in Ælla's snake pit his FamousLastWords are: "How the little pigs would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffers!", referring to how his sons are not going to take his death lightly.



* FeelNoPain: When Aella's messenger relates Ragnar's death to the Ragnarssons, Sigurd is paring his fingernails with a knife. He listens to the messenger so attentively (and presumably, is so worked up internally) he does not notice he is cutting into his own flesh "until the knife stood in the bone, and he did not flinch at that."

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* FeelNoPain: When Aella's Ælla's messenger relates Ragnar's death to the Ragnarssons, Sigurd is paring his fingernails with a knife. He listens to the messenger so attentively (and presumably, is so worked up internally) he does not notice he is cutting into his own flesh "until the knife stood in the bone, and he did not flinch at that."
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