'Vikings' Creator on Ragnar's 'Unfinished Business' and the Show's Brave New Era
Vikings returns tonight at the dawn of a new era for Ragnar Lothbrok and his kin. The midseason finale jumped forward in time several years. Ragnar has returned to Kattegat, an old man left behind by history. His sons are grown men now, preparing to set off on their own legendary adventures. What's ahead for the Northmen? We got on the phone with Vikings creator Michael Hirst to talk about what comes next.
Ivar the Boneless was one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army that invaded the lands now known as England. In Old Norse, he is known as Ívarr hinn Beinlausi and in Old English as Hyngwar. Ivar the Boneless was the son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug. He and his half brothers, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba, had all grown up and set out to prove themselves as equals to their father. The half brothers raided and made wars far and wide. They…
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a chronological account of the age which is considered a highly reliable source, confirms the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, his deeds, which made a significant impact on the history of 9th century, and his sons carrying on his legacy.
Ragnar Lodbrok met his end in England when he was captured by his long-time nemesis King Ælla of Northumbria who threw him into a pit of snakes. The Saga Ragnarssona þáttr (The Tale of Ragnar’s Sons) relates that it was this act that caused the Great Heathen Army to invade England at the behest of Ragnar’s children who demanded revenge for the death of their father.
Ragnar Lodbrok or Lothbrok (Old Norse: Ragnarr Loðbrók, "Ragnar Hairy Breeches") was a legendary Norse ruler and hero from the Viking Age described in Old Norse poetry and several sagas. In this tradition, Ragnar was the scourge of France and England and the father of many renowned sons, including Ivar the Boneless, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, and Ubbe Ragnarsson.