History Series / Vikings

26th May '16 10:48:43 PM Doug86
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* AStormIsComing: Invoked heavily in the promotion for season 1. In season 2, before the climactic battle, Aslaug and Lagertha notices storm clouds gathering over Kattegat and state, "The gods are coming."[[note]]The Æsir are also known as ''the gods of the slain''[[/note]]

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* AStormIsComing: Invoked heavily in the promotion for season 1. In season 2, before the climactic battle, Aslaug and Lagertha notices storm clouds gathering over Kattegat and state, "The gods are coming."[[note]]The Æsir [=Æ=]sir are also known as ''the gods of the slain''[[/note]]
2nd May '16 10:15:35 AM AzureOwl
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** Ragnar's family. That is all.

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** Any member of Ragnar's family. That family who survives to adulthood is all.tough as nails and not someone you want to mess with.
29th Apr '16 4:34:39 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* SoapOperaDisease: In season 3, Ragnar's health starts gradually failing, either as the result of an illness, the accumulation of battle wounds, or a combination of the two. He's in such bad shape that his death is faked and all his family and friends believe it. In the beginning of the fourth season, he's bedridden at home. However, he gradually gets stronger and seems to more or less make a full recovery.



* TokenEvilTeammate: Rollo is teased as this. He supports and follows Ragnar, but he's a rapist, hits on his brother's wife (even after she rebuffs him multiple times), and resents Ragnar's successes. His most redeeming quality is his UndyingLoyalty through multiple opportunities to betray Ragnar. He succumbs when Jarl Borg subverts him to his cause, but Rollo can't bear to fight his brother, and so throws down his weapon before him. He then willingly submits to justice and shows true remorse over his actions. In other words, this trope is subverted.



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Gyda, Ragnar's only daughter, died when the plague hits Kattegat.

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth:
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Gyda, Ragnar's only daughter, died when the plague hits Kattegat.
29th Apr '16 4:22:07 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Ragnar kills Earl Harldson and becomes an Earl, then kills King Horik and becomes a king. In the mid-season 4 finale, he challenges his subjects to kill him and become king in his place]].

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* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Ragnar kills Earl Harldson and becomes an Earl, earl, then kills King Horik and becomes a king. In the mid-season 4 finale, he challenges his subjects to kill him and become king in his place]].
29th Apr '16 4:18:46 PM CaptainCrawdad
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The series premiered on 3rd March 2013.

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The series premiered on 3rd March 2013.3rd, 2013. It completed the first half of its fourth season in April, 2016 and will return later in the year.



* AntiHero: Ragnar and his troupe are pillaging murderers, but they're the [[BlackAndGreyMorality heroes]] of this story.

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* AntiHero: Ragnar and his troupe are is a pillaging murderers, but they're the [[BlackAndGreyMorality heroes]] murderer, though no worse than any other warrior of this story. his culture. He's also shown to have personality flaws and make mistakes. He has an extramarital affair that drives away his loving wife and partially alienates him from his eldest son. He's occasionally shown to be selfish, prone to rage and sometimes just seems to lose his mind. However, he also has positive aspects to his character, saving him from becoming a VillainProtagonist.



** Judging by the fjords, Kattegat (which is the Dutch name for the sea betwheen Norway, Denmark and Sweden) is located in Norway (confirmed in Season 4 and the tie-in book "The World of Vikings"). This is supported by that they can travel by foot to Uppsala, which would be easier than travel around entire Scandinavia by boat. But apparently you can travel there by horseback from Hebeby. Hedeby was located in southern Denmark/northern Saxony, and is separated from major Scandinavia by the sea. Still Horik travels by sea from Denmark to Kattegat.

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** Judging by the fjords, Kattegat (which is the Dutch name for the sea betwheen Norway, Denmark and Sweden) is located in Norway (confirmed in Season 4 and the tie-in book "The World of Vikings"). This is supported by that they can travel by foot to Uppsala, which would be easier than travel around entire Scandinavia by boat. But Norway, but apparently you can travel there by horseback from Hebeby. Hedeby Hebeby, which was located in southern Denmark/northern Saxony, and is separated from major Scandinavia by the sea. Still Horik travels by sea from Denmark to Kattegat.



** The name "Lodbrok" is sometimes used as a surname for people related to Ragnar. However, Lodbrok is a nickname for Ragnar specifically, meaning "Hairy Breeches", much like "Ironside" for Bjorn and "Boneless" for Ivar. The Vikings had no concept of surnames and used patronymics (naming after one's father) instead. Ragnar's actual second name was "Sigurdsson" and all of his sons would have been "Ragnarsson."

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** The name "Lodbrok" is sometimes used as a surname for people related to Ragnar. However, Lodbrok is a nickname for Ragnar specifically, meaning specifically (meaning "Hairy Breeches", Breeches"), much like "Ironside" for Bjorn and "Boneless" for Ivar. The Vikings had no concept of surnames and used patronymics (naming after one's father) instead. Ragnar's actual second name was "Sigurdsson" "Sigurdsson," and all of his sons would have been "Ragnarsson."



** And the boots the Vikings wear are completely ahistorical.



* CliffHanger: The season 4 mid-season finale has [[spoiler:Ragnar sticking a sword in the ground and bellowing for someone, including his sons, to try to kill him]].



* IronicNickname: Harald Fairhair is a brunette, while his brother Halfdan the Black is blond.
* ISurrenderSuckers: When jarl Borg invades Kattegat, the elder warrior uses this to save Rollo time to evade with his brother's wife and children.

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* IronicNickname: Harald Fairhair is a brunette, while his brother Halfdan the Black is blond.
blond.
* ISurrenderSuckers: When jarl Jarl Borg invades Kattegat, the elder warrior uses this to save give Rollo time to evade with his brother's wife and children.



* KlingonPromotion: [[spoiler:Ragnar kills Earl Harldson and becomes an Earl, then kills King Horik and becomes a king. In the mid-season 4 finale, he challenges his subjects to kill him and become king in his place]].



* TheMillstone: Horik becomes this to Ragnar. He goes back on a deal with Jarl Borg which jeopardizes their upcoming raid and involves Ragnar in a pointless and costly feud with Borg. He sabotages Ragnar's negotiations with King Ecbert and then leads the Viking force into a trap. At first he is motivated by RevengeBeforeReason but by the end of Season 2 he is actively conspiring against Ragnar.

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* TheMillstone: Horik becomes this to Ragnar. He goes back on a deal with Jarl Borg Borg, which jeopardizes their upcoming raid and involves Ragnar in a pointless and costly feud with Borg. He sabotages Ragnar's negotiations with King Ecbert and then leads the Viking force into a trap. At first he is motivated by RevengeBeforeReason but by the end of Season 2 he is actively conspiring against Ragnar.



* PregnantBadass: Thorunn, in an irresponsible way. If you're pregnant, then going into battle is a bad idea. [[DeconstructedTrope Ragnar tells her boyfriend just how easily this can go wrong in real life.]]

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* PregnantBadass: PregnantBadass:
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Thorunn, in an irresponsible way. If you're pregnant, then going into battle is a bad idea. [[DeconstructedTrope Ragnar tells her boyfriend just how easily this can go wrong in real life.]]
29th Apr '16 3:56:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* HolyRomanEmpire: It's mentioned that Athelstan spent time in Charlemagne's court before the fall of Lindisfarne.
27th Apr '16 3:05:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* IronicNickname: Harald Fairhair is a brunette, while his brother Halfdan the Black is blond.
27th Apr '16 1:27:36 PM Wint
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** Ragnar's group eats mushrooms at the Uppsala temple. We see some of Athelstan's trip from his perspective. Humrously enough, the mushrooms themself look suspiciously like chanterelles, and not fly agaric, the only psychoactive (and very poisonous) mushroom of Scandinavia.

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** Ragnar's group eats mushrooms at the Uppsala temple. We see some of Athelstan's trip from his perspective. Humrously enough, the mushrooms themself look suspiciously like chanterelles, and not fly agaric, the only psychoactive (and very poisonous) mushroom of Scandinavia.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilocybe_semilanceata psylocybe semilanceata]].
27th Apr '16 8:37:50 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** The name "Lodbrok" is sometimes used for Rollo also, but it was not a surname - rather, a nickname for Ragnar meaning "Hairy Breeches", since his pants were made of fur. The Vikings had no concept of surnames and used patronymics (naming after one's father) instead. Ragnar's actual second name "Sigurdsson" has yet to appear on the show.

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** The name "Lodbrok" is sometimes used for Rollo also, but it was not as a surname - rather, for people related to Ragnar. However, Lodbrok is a nickname for Ragnar specifically, meaning "Hairy Breeches", since his pants were made of fur.much like "Ironside" for Bjorn and "Boneless" for Ivar. The Vikings had no concept of surnames and used patronymics (naming after one's father) instead. Ragnar's actual second name was "Sigurdsson" has yet to appear on the show.and all of his sons would have been "Ragnarsson."
27th Apr '16 8:32:50 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** [[spoiler: The Franks subvert this with Rollo's chain plan. It's formed onscreen and explained in explicit terms and winds up absolutely devastating the Viking forces.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Franks subvert this with Rollo's chain plan. It's formed onscreen and first plan to defend Paris is explained in explicit terms detail and winds up absolutely devastating goes off without a hitch. However, when Ragnar conceives of a plan to move his ships by land and attack in the Viking forces.]]other direction, he discovers to the audience's surprise that Rollo has also planned for this tactic, and Rollo wins this battle as well]].
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