Ragnar issues the challenge to Earl Haraldson who initially declines on the grounds Ragnar is a criminal. He remembers what the soothsayer told him however and decides to accept. A pregnant Lagertha, fearing that Ragnar is too weak to win, thinks they should just run away. He is triumphant however with everyone, including his brother Rollo, swearing allegiance to him and his family. Haralson is given a funeral befitting his rank. Rollo. it would seem, has ambitions of his own. It's a long cold winter but in June 794, three viking ships make their way to England and travel down the Tyne to attack King Aelle. Written by
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The ship burial with its human sacrifice closely follows the description of a Viking funeral given by the 11th century Arab travel writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan. See more
When a man is thrown into the pit of snakes by order of the King, it looks as if the snakes are all constrictors and not of the venomous kind; therefore it is highly unlikely that the man would have died from those snakes biting him. See more
Our fates are already decided.
If I Had a Heart
Written by Karin Dreijer Andersson
Performed by Fever Ray See more