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Vikings is a TV series for the History channel. Its first season aired in 2013.

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What is the connection between Ragnar from Vikings and Ragnar from The Last Kingdom?

The popular History series Vikings is run by Ragnar Lothbrok, the main character who is a Viking that set his eyes on England. Vikings is inspired by historical events. In The Last Kingdom we follow ...
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How accurate is the portrayal of vikings in the TV series Vikings

I'm not too worried about the historical accuracy of the events in the tv series, but my question is specific to the portrayal of the viking's way of life, their appearance etc. I know that we don't ...
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Which language is spoken by the Parisians in Vikings?

In Vikings Season 3 when they're attacking Paris, French people sometimes speak some strange language. But it isn't French. What is it exactly: Old French or Latin?
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What is the board game Rollo and the King are playing?

What is that game the Rollo and King Horik are playing in Season 1, Episode 9? Is it a real game or just something for our eyes?
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What is Yidu’s medicine?

In the 4th season of Vikings there is a new character named Yidu that is presented as a Chinese slave. In the 4th episode of Season 4, for the first time she gives Ragnar a plant that she says is a ...
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Why do the visitors lick the seer's hand in Vikings?

All the vikings do it. It looks like some kind of a payment or a tradition, but I wonder what is in that for them or the seer. The seer seems to enjoy it...but why? Does it symbolize anything? ...
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Why is Borg a 'Jarl', while everyone else is an 'Earl'?

In 'Vikings', there are a number of characters with the title of Earl, which in the Vikings society (as portrayed in the series) is second only in rank to the King. Now, I've seen some criticism of ...
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Is Bjorn not Ragnar's son?

I am still in the middle of Season 1 of Vikings, so its very well possible that this is a plot point being explained later. Maybe I just missed it. From the start, I always assumed that Bjorn was ...
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How was the prosperous Kattegat not taken over in Vikings?

I love the Vikings show on the History Channel and I am a huge history buff but I am having some major major issues with several plot points this season. I am more than willing to give artistic ...
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Why do Ragnar Lothbrok's men carry their own banners?

Throughout Vikings, when the soldiers of other earls are shown, they carry shields bearing the banner of their liege, in all cases except Ragnar's. Is there a historical or canonical reason for this, ...
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Why do the Vikings warriors train with real weapons?

In the Vikings TV show we often see warriors training with each others using real weapons. This can be seen both for vikings' and other kingdoms' warriors. As far I know warriors used to train with ...
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Was the superstition in Vikings historically accurate?

In season 1 of Vikings, most of the content was filled with superstitions and prayers. It seemed as if everything was linked with gods and omens, which seemed unusual to me. I am trying to ask, were ...
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Why was Athelstan the most important person in Ragnar's life?

Even though I haven't seen all of the Vikings episodes, I gather that Athelstan is Ragnar's favorite person, and maybe King Ecbert's too. What is it about Athelstan that draws these characters to him?
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Whose head is Ragnar with at the final scene of Vikings season 4 episode 7?

A bearded old man's head is appearing in the King Ragnar's hut at the final scene of Vikings season 4 episode 7 Who is it?
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List of languages spoken in “Vikings” TV series

In 3 seasons of Vikings we have heard characters spoken in Old Norse, Old English and Old French, and Latin, beside few shouts in Latvian in the first episode. Have there been more languages that I ...
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Why did Lagertha do what she did?

I don't get why Lagerta, in Vikings Was it cowardice? Will the people think less of her now?
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Why is Ragnar Lothbrok almost always smiling?

In Vikings, i see Ragnar smiling a lot, like always without a reason, sometimes it being really inappropriate. Is there a particular reason for this behavior?
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Why does Ragnar not flash on Yidu during his review-of-life scene?

The relationship between Ragnar and Yidu in Vikings has to be explored. It can't have existed simply to kill time, especially as its timing is so close to Ragnar's "wilderness years." Yidu is ...
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Did Kwenthrith have all of the drinks poisoned in Season 3 episode 4?

In Vikings, after Kwenthrith's brother dies, everyone pours out their wine. Were all of the drinks poisoned (or was everyone simply put off)? I find this unlikely, as when the scene opens, time seems ...
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Who killed Siggy, the daughter of Bjorn Ironside?

In episode 9 of season 4 of Vikings, who killed Siggy, the daughter of Bjorn Ironside? Siggy is neglected and not properly taken care of and later found dead by Sigurd, lying in the mud in a stream ...
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Why can't King Horik face Jarl Borg alone?

Horik is a king, which means he has several Jarls (earls) at his service, holds a lot of land and should somehow have a big army. I assume this based on European nobility. However, Horik needs Ragnar'...
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New Character in Vikings

On the season finale of Vikings this new character is introduced: And so far Vikings has been as accurate as a series can be about an actual historical time and still be a show. But I'm afraid that ...
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How is it possible that the Seer from Vikings is still alive?

The seer was already very old when the series began, but now all the characters are much older and he still looks the same. How is that possible? Is he some supernatural being? Or is it someone else ...
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Why was Lagertha made mother of Bjorn?

According to historical story/myth, Tale of Ragnar's sons (Old Norse: Ragnarssona þáttr), Bjorn's mother was Aslaug. Yet in the 2013 show Vikings, Bjorn's mother was Lagertha. Why was this change made?...
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Is Ragnar's posture in “Vikings” due to a character injury or his actor recovering from one?

I'm watching the Vikings season where Ragnar creates an alliance with King, Ecbert,. But it started quite a while back, Ragnar seems to lean whenever he stands, lie down instead of sitting, etc. I ...
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Ragnar's injury after the Paris battle

In Vikings, in the first attack on Paris, Ragnar jumps from the tower, hits his back on one of the siege towers and then hits the pile of dead bodies. After this, it is shown that he is injured, but ...
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Who is telling sons of Ragnar about Ragnar's death?

Who is the person with a single eye who is informing sons of Ragnar about Ragnar's death? In Vikings season 4 episode 15.
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Why does Ivar say “who cares?” when Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye said “Siggy is dead.”?

In Vikings Season 4 episode 9, Siggy (daughter of Bjorn Ironside) is found dead by Sigurd, lying in the mud in a stream below a bridge. Then Sigurd comes to Aslaug and Ivar tell them about it. Why ...
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What is the filming location of the Mercian mausoleum in “The Profit and the Loss”?

In the Vikings episode "The Profit and the Loss" King Ecbert meets Prince Wicksten in a royal Mercian mausoleum. What real-world location(s) were used when filming the exterior and interior? Or were ...
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How does Ivar's handicap in Vikings work?

Ivar the Boneless can't walk as he has some problem with legs. In season 5 My question is, what is his problem? It obviously sees many times that it is not about not having bones. Is that some kind ...
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Who was the boy Aethelwulf sent away, in the rain, on his own?

Was never sure. Was it Kwentrith's son? If so, by whom?
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What happens to Athelstan in Season 3?

When the Vikings arrived in England, they found a small town where monks lived. The Vikings raided and killed many of them. However Athelstan is spared -- because he can speak their language -- and is ...