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Thu Apr 11 2013, 10:09AM
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Vikings (2013)

Vikings is a Canadian-Irish historical drama television series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History in Canada. It premiered on March 3, 2013.

Type: TV - Series
Genre: History/Action/Drama
IMDB link: click here
Creator: Michael Hirst
Stars: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gabriel Byrne, Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden, Gustaf Skarsgård
Country: Canada and Ireland
Language: English
Movie Status: 1 season, continues;

Filmed in Ireland, Vikings is inspired by the tales about the Viking Ragnar Lodbrok, one of the best-known Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of France and Britain. It portrays Ragnar as a Viking farmer who pioneers the first daring raids into Britain with the support of fellow warriors, his brother, and his wife, the shieldmaiden Lagertha.

On April 5, 2013 History renewed Vikings for a ten episode second season.

Plot

The series is inspired by the epic sagas about the raiding, trading, and exploring Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. It follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lodbrok and his crew and family. Norse sagas were partially fictional tales based in Norse oral tradition and written down in the 13th century, about 200 to 400 years after the events they describe. Further inspiration is taken from historical sources of the period, such as the Viking raid on Lindisfarne depicted in the second episode. The series is set at the beginning of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793. Ragnar's death is dated to 840 or 865.

The first season portrays Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as a young Viking warrior who longs to discover civilizations across the seas. With his friend, the gifted craftsman Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), he builds a new generation of faster longships and challenges the local ruler, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), a man of little vision, to allow raids into the unexplored South West, to England. He is supported by his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), who secretly covets Ragnar's wife, the shieldmaiden Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Ragnar succeeds in carrying out the first Viking raids into the English kingdom of Northumbria, returning with rich loot and the monk Athelstan (George Blagden) as a slave. This triggers a series of increasingly violent confrontations with the autocratic Earl.

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