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Vikings
TV Series: Vikings(2013)[tt2306299] The adventures of a Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods: legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors. Written byHistory Channel
Title Vikings
Release Date 24 May 2013 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Production Companies World 2000 Entertainment, Take 5 Productions, Shaw Media
Katheryn Winnick
Katheryn Winnick...
 Lagertha ...
Gustaf Skarsgård
Gustaf Skarsgård...
 Floki ...
Alexander Ludwig
Alexander Ludwig...
 Bjorn Lothbrok ...
Georgia Hirst
Georgia Hirst...
 Torvi ...
Travis Fimmel
Travis Fimmel...
 Ragnar Lothbrok ...
Clive Standen
Clive Standen...
 Rollo ...
Alex Høgh Andersen
Alex Høgh Andersen...
 Ivar / ......
Peter Franzén
Peter Franzén...
 King Harald Finehai...
Jordan Patrick Smith
Jordan Patrick Smith...
 Ubbe ...
Marco Ilsø
Marco Ilsø...
 Hvitserk ...
Jennie Jacques
Jennie Jacques...
 Judith ...
Maude Hirst
Maude Hirst...
 Helga ...
John Kavanagh
John Kavanagh...
 The Seer /...
Moe Dunford
Moe Dunford...
 Aethelwulf ...
Alyssa Sutherland
Alyssa Sutherland...
 Queen Aslaug ...
Linus Roache
Linus Roache...
 King Ecbert ...
George Blagden
George Blagden...
 Athelstan ...

Reviews

roberts6222 on 6 March 2013
I am delighted to see all the reviewers energetically debating the merits of "The Vikings" first episode----it demonstrates that they acknowledge the historical value of the period the show is portraying. Yes, there were historical inaccuracies in the plot. This will enlighten the scriptwriters to the fact that viewers ARE paying attention! That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode---all that lush eye candy for a novice historical student of the Viking culture! This episode has chosen to jump in at some point in time, and chose the year of 793----without all the back story of a long and comparatively stable history of trade with the "southern lands". The Scandinavian countries were undefined and fluid at that time, and were generally lumped into the "heathen" northmen. In order to impress the pope and to be acknowledged as the holy Roman Emperor of Europe, around the year 772 Charlemagne took a great interest in converting the heathens to Christianity. In his campaign to forcibly convert the northmen, he first baptized, then brutally murdered the recalcitrant civilian pagans----many, many thousands at a time. The northmen who managed to escape to their more northern cousins told of the brutality (and extraordinarily rich) Christians. The attack on Lindesfarne was undoubtedly vicious, but did not occur without previous provocation.We all watch the show for different reasons, but if the producers can keep a reasonable level of historical accuracy, and weave in the interest and action needed to balance the whole show out----I can see a long run for "The Vikings". I am watching.

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