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With his new boat completed, Ragnar recruits a crew and prepares for departure in a few weeks. His wife Lagertha wants to take part in the great adventure but Ragnar says one of them must stay behind to care for the children. She's definitely not pleased. Earl Haraldson has his spies and is soon aware of Ragnar's plans but is convinced there are no lands to the west and they will never be seen again. After several days at sea Ragnar and his men attack Lindisfarne Monastery on Lindisfarne Island just off the coast in Northumbria, England. Many of the monks are killed and the others enslaved.
Earl Haraldson spares effort nor cruelty to find out Ragnar's plan to raid the unexplored West against his orders, burning the anchor's blacksmith alive, and murders his sleazy spy for the explicitly invited adultery with the earl's equally conspiratorial wife. But Ragnar's secretly built drakar (ship) has already sailed, and after slaying a single crewman who panics about endless sea, they reach and plunder the Anglosaxon monastery island Lindisfarne, off the kingdom of Northumbria. The monks are savagely slaughtered, a few captured as slaves, including bright young Aethelstan, the only one who speaks Norse, learned as missionary.
Ragnar and Rollo find a crew and has a secret meeting with them, promising that they will be equals and their pillage will be also equally shared. However Haraldson's spies inform Ragnar steps and departure to him. After a dangerous journey through the open sea, Ragnar, Rollo and their men arrive at a monastery, they slaughter the monks to loot their sacred treasure and taking a few survivors as slaves.
The stage is set for the first journey west by Ragnar Lothbrok as he gathers a crew willing to risk their lives to travel into the unknown.
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