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Vikings: 5 Historically Accurate Facts Portrayed in the Series

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In addition to investigations into aliens, challenges of who can make the sharpest knife and families selling old objects, the History Channel was successful with the series vikingsin which Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons live in the most influential period in the history of the Norse exploring people.

Unlike pure fiction series, History Channel’s production – currently available on Netflix – seeks to be historically accurate. Although it doesn’t always succeed, with the objective story and the narrative mixing, on several occasions the result is quite faithful to reality.

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Check out below five times historical facts were accurately portrayed in the series vikings.

5. Rollo’s personality

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Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, conqueror and leader, led the nation in his brutal way. In addition to being a fierce warrior, he was known for his impulsiveness and jealousy. He left his past life behind to merge with other Anglo-Saxon cultures, but historically it is not confirmed whether he was of Viking origin.

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His legacy has survived many generations in power due to his fiercely militaristic and ruthless nature. Despite having altered some key facts about his heritage, the series seems to be faithful when it comes to comparing history and vikings.

4. Viking aesthetics

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Of course it’s a series and so it’s only natural for the production to make its characters look as attractive and interesting as possible, but their look isn’t fake.

Vikings actually painted themselves with black eyes and preferred tangled and ruffled hairstyles, delighted in looking – and sometimes even being – fierce and savage, though they knew how to use organized tactics. They could intimidate any enemy like that.

These people did believe in looser social rules and fought battles in the heat of the moment.

3. The sons of Ragnar

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Although Ragnar is almost mythical, none of his children are. They cannot be confirmed as his sons, in fact, but they were all taken from true warriors and leaders present in history, who made great impacts.

Bjorn Ironside was a true Swedish Viking chief who led a royal dynasty. Ivar, The Boneless and Ubbe did indeed invade England and Sigurd became King of Denmark.

All of these men’s names were included in certain tales of the sons of Ragnar, so while unconfirmed, it’s not impossible that they were in fact his heirs. Regardless of ancestry, most of them became kings – and helped shape and change Europe.

2. Warrior women

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Strong women and warriors were real in Norse culture, but not as involved in battles as portrayed in vikings. Although Lagertha is an intimidating warrior and leader, royal shield maidens were few and far between.

In the military, women were rarely given much power, being considered just “extra” forces. More commonly, they were trained with shield and sword to defend their homes – and joined men in war only in dire situations.

So, in general, women had more freedoms and could fight wars, but hardly any of them would be as powerful, free or adept at battle as Lagertha.

1. No helmets

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While it is common to associate Vikings with horned helmets, characters from vikings do not use the element – which is historically accurate. The people even wore certain helmets at times, but not the iconic horned ones.

Removing the fictional element helps keep the characters recognizable and dispels the myth. At this point, the series stays true to the aesthetic it seeks to portray, even slightly changing the plot and characters – often condensing the timeline for narrative effects.

And you, have you watched vikings? Do you know another interesting fact?

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