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Feb 13, VIKINGS director Katheryn Winnick shared behind-the-scenes Could Alexander Ludwig's character Bjorn end up killing a lead character?. She is also the ex-wife of Björn. Þorunn is introduced during a dinner party They meet in the woods were they quarrel for some time until she runs off with Thorunn, as a slave in Norse society, may be of either Baltic, Finnish or Slavic origin. May 27, Posts about Bjorn Ironside written by judywork 21 March where Osberht and Ælla met their deaths at the hands of the Vikings: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Genghis Khan were also great leaders in their own way. .. Aslaug tried to be patient but reminded Porunn that she was the child's.
It winters in late and early at Torksey on the River Trent in Lindseybefore moving west into Merciawhich is defeated in and a vassal king is installed on its throne.
Later that year the army divides, with one half going to Cambridge and the rest heading towards the Tyne and eventually settling in York. Now, realistically all of these accounts of his life can not be accurate! So let us look at what we do know. For that, we need to go by what information we know of his sons who were part of the Great Heathen army that invaded England in the s.
His sons, who would obviously have been adults by then, took revenge on Aelle and killed him. In those days, the nation of the Northumbrians had violently expelled from the kingdom the rightful king of their nation, Osbryht by name, and had placed at the head of the kingdom a certain tyrant, named Alla.
When the pagans came upon the kingdom, the dissension was allayed by divine counsel and the aid of the nobles.
King Osbryht and Alla, having united their forces and formed an army, came to the city of York; on their approach the multitude of the shipmen immediately took flight.
The Christians, perceiving their flight and terror, found that they themselves were the stronger party. They fought upon each side with much ferocity, and both kings fell. The rest who escaped made peace with the Danes.
The main figure in the revenge tales is Ivar. This is important because as we have already seen, the ruling dynasty of Denmark was well set, established and it would have been highly unlikely that one who was completely unconnected in any way would have just walked in and taken over the rule as the Ragnar of our saga did.
My personal thought after researching the history and the legends is that somehow, somewhere along the line in the oral history of Denmark, the two Ragnars got tied together in their stories and became one person. So, what we can do is try to separate the two histories as much as possible.
All of the various Norse sagas were written down some centuries after the facts so by then, the stories would have been so woven together that it would have been difficult to prove what was accurate and what was not.
Also, there were a number of different sagas, each one telling the history from a slightly different perspective depending on which country or nationality was recounting the history. The stories are all so intertwined that it is almost impossible to separate and differentiate them. What may have happened with some of the stories as they were told is that as I said, there was a second Ragnar who was a descendent of the first, and who would have been a raider or warrior under the rule of Horik.
A clue to this is found in the Norse sagas where it is mentioned that Ragnar Lodbrok was related to King Gudfred and also a son of Sigurd Hring.
The time span of Gudfred and his son Horik is later, and would conceivably cover the time of the Ragnar Lodbrok who is involved in events with Horik including the attack on Paris in This would connect all of them as relatives or descendants of the original Ragnar of The various sagas about Sigurd Hring give differing representations but do provide some interesting points of insight. One legend speaks of Sigurd placing a shieldmaiden on the throne, which could tie or connect to the legend of Lagertha the shieldmaiden that Ragnar Lodbrok eventually married.
Most historians debate the existence of Lagertha and put her in the category of myths and legends related to Ragnar but perhaps underneath all of the myth in her story is some grain of truth as well. Lagertha shieldmaiden Another point of interest is that the sagas mention Sigurd Hring having ties to England or Angleland.
Another saga source also mentions that Ragnar Lodbrok went to the place in Angleland of which his forefathers owned. This would tie in with the fact that the Angles who had originated in lands around Denmark had already migrated to parts of Britain as early as the 5th century.
If you look at that piece of legend, it would be a case of Ragnar already knowing something of the land of Britain and not just a case of him sailing off on great adventure. Some of the sagas mention that he visited this Angleland and was initially welcomed into their court of royalty.
Then he was lured into visiting King Aelle in Northumbria and was murdered by him. This event set off a great war when the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok found out about it and came to seek revenge upon Aelle. I am only proposing ideas here and there is nothing so far to give credence or evidence to this thought so do not attempt to cite me, quote me or argue with me on this line of thinking!
I am just putting forth ideas on these earliest events! If one were to go with this random thought on all of it, perhaps Aelle was connected to his possible ancestral homeland. We know next to nothing about Aelle or his true history! Perhaps there was a group there in Northumbria and other places who did have some remaining ties to Denmark and have reasons to either support Horik or support Ragnar… So, Ragnar may have been involved in the murder of Horik and then Aelle responded by murdering Ragnar, not for any raiding accusations but for some other personal motives.
Perhaps this is where the missing link or connection between the two versions of Ragnar are. The sagas concerning Sigurd Hring are sketchy and limited. This would make a great deal of sense in looking at the time line of the Ragnars ranging from to This second Ragnar most likely did go on to raid in England after his disagreements with Horik.
He was killed in What was Ragnar Lodbrok doing during this time? It would be highly possible that he exiled this Ragnar and possible as well that Ragnar could have had some sort of involvement in the death of Horik. It was at the end of this period that he showed up in England and presumably met his death at the hands of King Aelle.
If you put this all into some sort of historical context or plausibility the way I have suggested, it is possible or feasible that there are two separate Ragnars of the same lineage and the second one might have ruled in some same way as Hirst has presented his version of Ragnar. Hirst has given us a version that does not include the earlier legends of Ragnar and a first family save for Bjorn Ironside.
That action might not endear you to those people of that place you were wanting to claim rulership of. This is one theory of his representation on the timelines. Later, we will look at another theory that Ragnar Lodbrok died in at the hand of King Aelle. Ivar the Boneless was listed as a King of Dublin fromwhile another brother Halfdan was listed as King of York or Jorvick from As I mentioned earlier, in some accounts of the Heathen invasion, Bjorn is not listed at all.
There seems to be some confusion about Bjorn Ironside or which family he may have belonged to. This following timeline is one listed for the Kingdom of Sweden and it lists Bjorn as being King of Swedes from or around the same time frame as Ragnar Lodbrok is listed as ruling Denmark. We also do not know of any birth date or death for Bjorn so it is difficult to place him in the families.
After a heartfelt speech, Kwenthrith kills her brother, becoming sole ruler of Mercia. Well played these past three seasons. On the boat home, Ragnar states his open resentment for Aslaug. Rollo is consumed by grief for Siggy and tries desperately to translate that emotional pain into physical pain. Porunn, meanwhile, is not pleased with her wound.
Helga tells Floki the story of Harbard, including his seduction of Aslaug. Ragnar has become aloof, foolish, and casually cruel. I miss the old Ragnar with a vision for a different world. Thankfully we get a glimpse of that Ragnar when he invites Kalf to come with them to Frankia instead of pursuing a course of vengeance.
Ecbert, with the Vikings not long gone, is a sly bastard. When the nobles and Aethelwulf slay all the Viking settlers, he uses the pretext to dispose of his enemies and increase his hold on his son. The mad gleam in his eye as he discusses his plans to become King of England give you a strong idea of where things are headed. It will be fascinating to see how that happens on the show.
Porunn gives birth to a girl, and Lagertha and Ragnar become grandparents. What a wild notion. When Ragnar hears of the destroyed settlement, he receives it with empathy and anger in equal measure.
Judith is seized to be maimed for adultery on what looks like the same platform from the Blood Eagle scene. She is fierce, defiant, and terrified all at once. He has a short period of blindness, after which follows an epiphany and reconciliation, on a personal level, with God. It is increasingly hard to tell what is real and what is a dream in this season, and it only gets wilder from here.
Throwing away his arm ring is a crossing of the Rubicon for this monk-turned-Viking-turned-Roman-scholar-turned-father, and so much worse for him that Floki witnessed it. Ragnar continues his trend of pursuing progress over vengeance by welcoming Erlendur and Earl Siegfried into the fold.
We also meet Sinricthe wanderer who told Ragnar of England and France and gave him the tools to get there. Meanwhile, Floki is totally losing it.
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The holy man welcomes his fate when he sees what Floki has come to do, and in many ways, it feels like one last attempt to bridge the gap that has widened between them. For a king, Ragnar sure goes many places alone. He sets out to bury Athelstan. What I Learned The Medieval punishment for adultery really sucked. Medieval Paris is cool.
It seems like it would be an incredible place to visit even in this horrific time period. The quiet introduction of the new Frankish characters as they watch the oncoming Viking armada is the best introduction of new characters yet.
We quickly get a sense of who they are and their relationship dynamics. Emperor Charles is caught in a trap of vainglorious pride for not appealing to his brothers for aid. Instead, he puts the burden of success on Count Odowho is capable but knows that victory will come at a high cost. She clearly wields the most influence over her petulant father because she knows all of the right buttons to push.
Ragnar is certainly setting the impish shipwright up to fail. Ecbert sends Aethelwulf to deal with the newly anointed Queen Kwenthrith. Kwenthrith claims to have a child by Ragnar, hoping to threaten Wessex with the promise of aid from the Viking settlement. Aethelwulf quickly disarms that claim, and he convinces her not to kill him.
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Perhaps the young scion of Wessex is finally coming into his own. The battles on this show are at their best when they are small. In the heat of battle, Princess Gisla brings the banner of Saint Denis to the ramparts. She has proven herself to be assertive, bellicose, and much more inspiring than her father.
While she is on the battlements, she and Rollo exchange a very lengthy glance. She appears to be at once disgusted and impressed by his strength, and Rollo seems surprised to see a woman in a gown standing next to all of the soldiers. Ragnar exercises his kingly discretion and holds off joining the fray until his son jumps right into the thick of it.
He fights as ferociously as ever, but the beauty of Paris, his objective for so long, is too much for him. His wild scream before throwing himself off of the edge was as much in defiance of death as it was to scare his assailants. There is some excellent, intimate camera work in this episode.
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Ragnar is the master of the long game. He knows Floki killed Athelstan, and knows his one-time friend well enough to understand that a defeat will really make him question his faith. What I Learned Sieges really sucked. King Ecbert died before Charles was coronated. Ragnar is peeing blood after his long fall from the ramparts. The return to the gate and the drawbridge, the scene of such carnage in the previous battle, was a wonderful way to showcase the grotesque ingenuity of the Franks.
It also establishes that gate as the major vein into the heart of Paris. The Franks have some pretty horrific death traps. The tailor-made spear-launcher and the spiked wheel sized just so that it pulls a man underneath it, really shows how sadistic warfare is. Emperor Charles is an example of the cycles of greatness that roll through dynasties.
He clearly lacks the aptitude for governance. Instead of relying on others, he is prone to throwing fits and acting rashly. Siegfried, however, does get one heck of a last laugh. In Kattegat, a Christian missionary has been denouncing the Norse gods. Aslaug challenges him to test his faith. In the best bait-and-switch so far, he carries a hot iron unscathed. The shot immediately rewinds and shows him horrifically burned.