Meet the real Ragnar on History Channel's 'Vikings'

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 7:18 PM

In a History Channel drama, the original Vikings set sail for a new destination: the truth.

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hughakstonMar. 3, 1310:14 AM

Vikings, aka the Norsman or Normans, or the Men of the North Wind as some called them, changed the world. William the Conqueror was Norman for example, from the region of France settled by these 9th century Vikings. Over this 300 to 500 year span, there were many Norse settlements throughout Europe and Asia Minor.

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hughakstonMar. 3, 1310:36 AM

Having women as part of a group of warriors is a bit far-fetched though. That piece is STRICTLY Hollyweird being pc.

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fishstixMar. 3, 1311:45 AM

all hail ernest borgnine as the original ragner in "the vikings" with kirk douglas, tony curtis and janet leigh. if you haven't seen it you don't know what you're missing.

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MaxpayneMar. 3, 13 1:44 PM

If you want to see How Good an actor Travis Fimmel is, watch him go toe-to-toe with Patrick Swayze in the One Season show "The Beast." Good for him for landing Ragnar!

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jarlmnMar. 3, 13 1:45 PM

A few things; In Scandinavian culture, "blood pudding" and blood sausage, is not anything related to battle or human blood-lust. It was made from pig, cattle, sheep, duck or goat blood, and was considered quite a delicacy. Thus, being served some would indeed be quite 'romantic'. And Hughakston, although rare, it was not unheard of for Viking women to participate in raids and battles. As to Fishtix's vaunted 'The Vikings,' hair-slicked pretty-boy Tony Curtis absolutely RUINED that movie, as he also ruined Taras Bulba.

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hughakstonMar. 3, 13 2:17 PM

jarlmn Mar. 3, 13 1:45 PM - Rarely sure, but women were NEVER part of a regular fighting group as this shows seems to want to make the veiwers think. That's just historical fact. The writers are merely projecting modern Liberal thinking onto this otherwise promising show. It does no one any good at all to fib on these things.

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GaviotaMar. 3, 13 5:12 PM

It may be true that Vikings didn't "hoot and holler as they slay(ed) their enemies," but I'd be more willing to chalk it up to the taciturn nature of Scandinavians than the belief that such behavior would be "a waste of energy," as one of the actors in "The Vikings" claims. Anybody who has read the eyewitness account of Bernal Diaz del Castillo in "The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico" is aware that Cortes' soldiers were terrified by the natives' bloodcurdling yells, screams and whistles as they attacked the Spaniards.

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hughakstonMar. 4, 1310:09 AM

Gaviota Mar. 3, 13 5:12 PM - I love to see a miniseries on the Spainish Conquistadors and the the ReConquista, the 700 years of the reconquering of Spain. That's another story from the Dark and Middle Ages that would be rich and fascinating.

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bowlinmamaMar. 4, 13 8:47 PM

Please don't insult my Viking ancestors by calling them illiterate. Ever hear of runes?

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