How true is Vikings on History Channel

Vikings!

Vikings!

If you’re like me and watched the History Channel’s show “Vikings” in one day straight, then you’re awesome. But besides that, after watching it I gots to thinking about how true some of the facts are. I’ve grown accustomed to believing most of what I see on the documentary channels, so I did some research into the life of Ragnar Lothbrok. Warning this post contains spoilers… just in case!

So there’s been quite a lot of dispute regarding the main character, and if he existed or not. Most of the research says no. Apparently Ragnar Lothbrok was maybe the amalgamation of other historic Scandinavian figures.

It’s supposed that Ragnar is actually a change of name of Reginheri, or attached England and France in the 9th century and died of dysentry shortly after (surely the shittest way to die…). This may be where the name Lothbrok derives from as it means “hairy breeches”. Reginheri was a Danish Viking and is told in Scandinavian folklore.

Due to the lack of historical evidence of a chronology of Ragnar Lothbrok, his “sons” were apparently real. They were Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ubba. He had three wives: the shieldman Lagertha, the noblewoman Thora Town-Hart and the warrior queen Aslaug.

The story of Ragnar Lothbrok goes like this, Ragnar eventually becomes king and goes of lots of conquests and journeys across the seas, as he’s a fearsome warrior. He eventually falls to his nemesis Aella of Northumbria who throws him into that pit of snakes!

I’ve looked quite a bit for information on Rollo Lothbrok, but haven’t been able to find anything. Any facts perhaps anyone?

The new season started in February 2014.

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5 thoughts on “How true is Vikings on History Channel

  1. You are doing exactly what History Channel wants you to do with the show. The premise of the show is an accumulation of what scandinavian historians call “The Lengendary Sagas” which are all unconfirmed and are more like a mythology than actual history. The show is historical fiction. It says Lothbrok was at Lindisfarne, but we don’t know who those attackers really were.
    Here’s what the show does well: it recreates the world the Northmen lived in, and it is spurring a ton of people to research its characters, events, etc… And those viewers who but in the time come away more knowledgeable than before. You took the time to delve into an important episode of world history known as “The Viking Age”. And for that, I salute you.

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    • Thanks for commenting and for more information on the topic! 🙂 The show really is interesting no matter if it’s true or not. Mythology in itself is something I find fascinating as well, especially Norse mythology. The show really does get you interested in History, so the History Channel is succeeding in their quest for people to learn more about the past. 🙂

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