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?
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