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.
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Did You Know?
The word Viking was first used by the Anglo-Saxons some time between the 9th and 10th century, and it is uncertain what meaning they gave to the word. Viking appears three times in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in contexts that translate to either robber or pirate, but also appeared in Old English poems like the Battle of Maldon where 'wikingas' was synonymous with sailors.
Scandinavian raiders, Vikings to the modern audience, were not called Vikings at the time, however, but instead called Northmen, Pagans, Heathens, or most often Danes. Raiders in Scotland and Ireland were often referred to as Norse. The Scandinavians themselves saw themselves as distinct groups, referring to one another as inhabitants of certain regions; men of Jutland, Vestfold, Hordaland etc.
It is a modern idea, encouraged by German nationalism in the 1930s and 40s, that these Scandinavians could be treated as a single homogeneous group. Vikings is a word that carries modern connotations and doesn't distinguish these different groups within Scandinavia, so it is often avoided as term by historians and archaeologists alike. See more
The events of Vikings are set in the 9th century. Crossbows are used extensively by the Franks in several episodes, but at this time the crossbow appear to have largely fallen out of use as a war weapon. Evidence of their use in battle is not apparent again until the 947 AD siege of Senlis.
Additionally, crossbows are widely known as being incredibly difficult to span (cock) and mechanical assistance was commonly used. The French crossbow archers can be seen spanning the bows with minimal effort, and maintaining an impressive rate of fire. See more
Forgive me Floki. I know I should trust you but I need proof.
Yes, prove to me I can trust you. Prove to me you are on my side.
How can I prove it?
Kill someone. Someone who matters.
In the U.S. all episodes were censored for violence, nudity, profanity, and time restrains for their broadcast on the History Channel. However, the uncensored versions of the episodes can be found on the U.S. Blu-rays. Each episode is presented as an "Original Version" (censored) or "Extended Version" (uncensored). See more