Vikings

Vikings

Mar. 03, 2013
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Ferdia Walsh-Peelo isAlfred the Great
Alfred the Great
Alexander Ludwig isBjorn Lothbrok
Bjorn Lothbrok
Katheryn Winnick isLagertha Lothbrok
Lagertha Lothbrok
Jasper Pääkkönen isHalfdan the Black
Halfdan the Black
Peter Franzén isKing Harald Finehair
King Harald Finehair
Moe Dunford isAethelwulf
Aethelwulf
Jonathan Rhys Meyers isBishop Heahmund
Bishop Heahmund

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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.

Vikings is a historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the History channel. Filmed in Ireland, it premiered on March 3, 2013 in Canada.

Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Danish/Swedish Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian king, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. After Ragnar’s death the later seasons follow the fortunes of his sons, and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

On March 17, 2016, History renewed Vikings for a fifth season of 20 episodes, which premiered on November 29, 2017. On September 12, 2017, ahead of its fifth-season premiere, the series was renewed for a sixth season, which will consist of 20 episodes.

 

The series is inspired by the tales of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. It broadly follows the exploits of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew, family and descendants, as notably laid down in the 13th-century sagas Ragnars saga Loðbrókar and Ragnarssona þáttr, as well as in Saxo Grammaticus’s 12th-century work Gesta Danorum. Norse legendary sagas were partially fictional tales based in the Norse oral tradition, written down about 200 to 400 years after the events they describe. Further inspiration is taken from historical sources of the period, such as records of the Viking raid on Lindisfarne depicted in the second episode, or Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s 10th-century account of the Volga Vikings. The series begins at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

Original titleVikings
First air dateMar. 03, 2013
Last air dateJan. 24, 2018
Seasons5
Episodes61
StatusReturning Series

Seasons and episodes

1Season 1 Mar. 03, 2013
2Season 2 Feb. 27, 2014
3Season 3 Feb. 19, 2015
4Season 4 Feb. 18, 2016
5Season 5 Nov. 29, 2017

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