History Series / Vikings

14th Sep '17 12:13:46 PM Fireblood
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* KangarooCourt: The first episode has the Earl hold court over a murder trial involving a land dispute. The Earl is obviously angry because he wanted the land for himself. Everyone votes against the man to placate the Earl. When Ragnar's son does not raise his hand, the Earl pointedly insists that the boy join with the rest. Later he tries to frame Ragnar for murdering Knut by having Rollo give false testimony. Rolls betrays him however, saving Ragnar.

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* KangarooCourt: The first episode has the Earl hold court over a murder trial involving a land dispute. The Earl is obviously angry because he wanted the land for himself. Everyone votes against the man to placate the Earl. When Ragnar's son does not raise his hand, the Earl pointedly insists that the boy join with the rest. Later he tries to frame Ragnar for murdering Knut by having Rollo give false testimony. Rolls Rollo betrays him however, saving Ragnar.
19th Aug '17 8:43:12 AM Kins4321
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* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of Season 2, a few {{Historical Domain Character}}s who, in the actual stories, would have survived far longer than they did have been killed. Entirely fictional yet beloved side characters also drop like flies.

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* AnyoneCanDie: By As of the end of Season 2, a few {{Historical Domain Character}}s who, in the actual stories, would have survived far longer than they did have been killed. Entirely fictional yet beloved side season 4, only [[spoiler:five]] characters also drop like flies. from the first season are still alive; [[spoiler:Lagertha, Rollo, Floki, Bjorn and the Seer.]]
14th Aug '17 4:29:41 PM TrollBrutal
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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel and created by Michael Hurst, the man behind ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' and ''Series/TheTudors''. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.

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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel and created by Michael Hurst, Hirst, the man behind ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' and ''Series/TheTudors''. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.
14th Aug '17 4:28:31 PM TrollBrutal
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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel and created by Michael Hurst, the man behind ''Film/{{Elizabeth}} and ''Series/TheTudors''. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.

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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel and created by Michael Hurst, the man behind ''Film/{{Elizabeth}} ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' and ''Series/TheTudors''. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.
14th Aug '17 4:28:03 PM TrollBrutal
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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.

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''Vikings'' is a medieval drama series airing on Creator/TheHistoryChannel.Creator/TheHistoryChannel and created by Michael Hurst, the man behind ''Film/{{Elizabeth}} and ''Series/TheTudors''. It follows Norse farmer-cum-warrior Ragnar Lodbrok's efforts to improve the lives of his people and become a celebrated hero during UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge. The show follows [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons existing sagas]] of Ragnar Sigurdsson, a legendary Norse figure. Much like the Icelandic sagas from which it is adapted, ''Vikings'' is an exploration of human conflicts set against the backdrop of a grim, violent, yet proud society.



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

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The series premiered on March 3rd, 2013. It 2013, and has completed the first half of its fourth season in April, 2016 and will return later in the year.four seasons.
14th Aug '17 8:25:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* DivineParentage: When Ragnar prays to Odin, he says:
--> ''Odin, Lord of Lords, Father, help me.''
10th Aug '17 5:36:25 PM Malady
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* DivineParentage: When Ragnar prays to Odin, he says:
--> ''Odin, Lord of Lords, Father, help me.''



-->'''Haraldson''': Do you deny you're a criminal? Worthy only of defeat? Worthy only of death?
-->'''Ragnar''': (''kneeling, clutching at his wounds'') I accept my fate. Let me speak to my god.
-->'''Haraldson''': (''orders his men to turn away so that Ragnar can pray'')
-->'''Ragnar''': ''Odin, Lord of Lords, ''[[DivineLineage Father]]'', help me.''

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-->'''Haraldson''': Do you deny you're a criminal? Worthy only of defeat? Worthy only of death?
-->'''Ragnar''':
death?\\
'''Ragnar''':
(''kneeling, clutching at his wounds'') I accept my fate. Let me speak to my god.
-->'''Haraldson''':
god.\\
'''Haraldson''':
(''orders his men to turn away so that Ragnar can pray'')
-->'''Ragnar''':
pray'')\\
'''Ragnar''':
''Odin, Lord of Lords, ''[[DivineLineage ''[[DivineParentage Father]]'', help me.''
7th Aug '17 7:31:17 PM Fireblood
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** Some people find the Vikings' relative lack of metal armour to be hard to believe, but archaeology suggests that the average Viking was indeed not heavily armored. Only few metal helmets or chainmail from the Viking Age have ever been found in Scandinavia. Only Huskarls and Thegns were thought to be heavily armoured regularly.

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** Some people find the Vikings' relative lack of metal armour to be hard to believe, but archaeology suggests that the average Viking was indeed not heavily armored. Only a few metal helmets or chainmail from the Viking Age have ever been found in Scandinavia. Only Huskarls and Thegns were thought to be heavily armoured regularly.



* UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons: The Vikings are the main protagonists of the show, but their discovery of England and subsequent conflicts with the Anglo-Saxon inhabitants form a major plot point.



** The Earl marries his daughter to an old Swedish Earl for 20lbs of silver. Earlier, he offers her hand to Rollo as payment for a favor.

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** The Earl marries his daughter to an old Swedish Earl earl for 20lbs of silver. Earlier, he offers her hand to Rollo as payment for a favor.



** The presentation of Norse law: Haraldson is shown prosecuting a man for murder. In actuality, that would have fallen to the deceased next of kin.

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** The presentation of Norse law: Haraldson is shown prosecuting a man for murder. In actuality, that would have fallen to the deceased deceased's next of kin.



** It is said that Horik's father was killed by his brothers and that he ascended to his throne by defeating them. In history, Horik's father, King Gudfred was killed by a housekarl. After that, Horik's uncle Hemming (a cousin of his father) took the throne but did not last long. Then, Horik drove out Harald Klak and thus became sole king of Denmark as he was the only son of King Gudfred alive.

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** It is said that Horik's father was killed by his brothers and that he ascended to his throne by defeating them. In history, Horik's father, King Gudfred was killed by a housekarl.housecarl. After that, Horik's uncle Hemming (a cousin of his father) took the throne but did not last long. Then, Horik drove out Harald Klak and thus became sole king of Denmark as he was the only son of King Gudfred alive.



** Some of the Vikings' clothing and gear is not appropriate to the period. For example, Ragnar's signature chainmail is very form fitting, when the actual Viking mail was always quite loose. Ragnar's armor looks great on the screen, much in the same way that well-fitted winter clothing preserves the body shape and is pleasing to the eye compared to bulky coats. However, having chainmail tailored tight to the body would make it much less effective for absorbing the energy of a blow.
** Habard mentions in a conversation with Aslaug that one of his bastard sons became Olaf, Grand Duke of Kyiv. Not only is there no such figure amongst the Ruthenian princes (there is a prince after Rorik called Oleg, but the Norse rendering of his name is Helgi), but Kiev Rus wasn't anywhere close to being created in the early eighth century. On the other hand, Ragnar is reported to have lived in the mid 9th century, when Kiev Rus was being formed, so this may just be another example of the show fast-forwarding history.

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** Some of the Vikings' clothing and gear is not appropriate to the period. For example, Ragnar's signature chainmail is very form fitting, form-fitting, when the actual Viking mail was always quite loose. Ragnar's armor looks great on the screen, much in the same way that well-fitted winter clothing preserves the body shape and is pleasing to the eye compared to bulky coats. However, having chainmail tailored tight to the body would make it much less effective for absorbing the energy of a blow.
** Habard mentions in a conversation with Aslaug that one of his bastard sons became Olaf, Grand Duke of Kyiv. Not only is there no such figure amongst the Ruthenian princes (there is a prince after Rorik called Oleg, but the Norse rendering of his name is Helgi), but Kiev Kievan Rus wasn't anywhere close to being created in the early eighth century. On the other hand, Ragnar is reported to have lived in the mid 9th century, when Kiev Rus was being formed, so this may just be another example of the show fast-forwarding history.


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** Christians would never have used crucifixion as a punishment for anyone, apostates included, out of deference to Jesus. They might have used other very cruel methods (such as burning at the stake), but never this.
6th Aug '17 5:15:49 PM Fireblood
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* MercyKill: Athelstan mercifully slits the throat of a bishop who the Vikings had tied up and are firing arrows into.
24th Jun '17 4:27:43 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** When Aelle and Ecbert join forces, the gathered Saxons begin chanting, 'God save England!'. In truth, the concept of a united country called England wouldn't emerge until some time after the period this show is set. That being said, would have you have preferred them to chant, "God save the Heptarchy except for the Kentish! Bloody Kentish..."?
*** Actually, you would saying it depending on which kingdom you belong in from the Heptarchy, the seven kingdoms that England has prior to its unification. Example, 'God save Wessex/Mercia,etc'.

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** When Aelle and Ecbert join forces, the gathered Saxons begin chanting, 'God save England!'. In truth, the concept of a united country called England wouldn't emerge until some time after the period this show is set. That being said, would have you have preferred them to chant, "God save the Heptarchy except for the Kentish! Bloody Kentish..."?
*** Actually, you would saying it depending on which kingdom you belong in from the Heptarchy, the seven kingdoms that England has prior to its unification. Example, 'God save Wessex/Mercia,etc'.
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