Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas 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 by
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"Loðbrók" is not a family name but a nickname meaning "hairy-breeches", presumably from a habit of wearing fur leggings. Vikings often acquired colorful nicknames derived from personal habits, characteristics or traits. The sagas and histories of Vikings are populated with such figures as Helgi the Leant, Ketil Trout and King Harald Finehair (formerly Harald Shag-hair). One can only speculate as to how difficult it was to be the follower of a man known as Eystein the Foul-Farted (a name recorded in the Icelandic Book of Settlements). See more
Throughout the series, people refer to Gabriel Byrne's character as "Earl (or Lord) Haraldson". The Vikings used a system of naming known as "patronymic" in which one's personal name was modified by the given name of one's father followed by "son" (for a male) or "dottir" (for a female). These modifiers were not in anyway considered family names and people were commonly referred to by their personal names regardless of their rank. Occasionally, "matronymics" were used, which are derived from the name of the mother. This custom has fallen into disuse in all the Nordic countries except Iceland, where the patronymic/matronymic system is still in use and the custom is to address people by what people in most other countries would consider their given names. For similar reasons, the Earl's wife, Siggy, would never be referred to as "Siggy Haraldson"; she would retain the patronymic inherited from her father. If, for example, her father's name had been Eirik, she would remain Siggy Eiriksdottir even after marrying. Bjorn, the son of Ragnar, would not be known as "Bjorn Loðbrók" but as "Bjorn Ragnarsson". Ragnar's wife, similarly to Siggy, would not be known as "Lagertha Loðbrók". "Loðbrók" is not a family name but a nickname meaning "hairy-breeches", presumably from a habit of wearing fur leggings. See also trivia. See more