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There's no direct connection Note: This post is spoiler heavy, and using spoiler tags would make it rather cumbersome. If you don't wish to find spoilers, this probably isn't the answer for you. Ragnar from "The Last Kingdom" is Ragnar Ravnson. Ravn being his father. Ravn is the blind man Uhtred meets and cuts food for shortly after being captured. Ragnar ...


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Michael Hirst, creator and writer of Vikings, told this to Medievalists.net: And here’s a very important thing: if you include Latin as a dead language, we have FOUR dead languages in the show. We have people speaking Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Old French (when they raid Paris, which sounds more like German than French, actually) and Latin, and can ...


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The Vikings had a board games called Hnefatafl, which was played on a 9 by 9 board. The game is played with 2 uneven sides unlike chess where both players start with identical numbers of pieces. It is mentioned in sagas and there are carvings of what are probably people playing the game. However there are no records of how the game was actually played, ...


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Apparently it has no historical basis. Interview with Katheryn Winnick at PostCity.com “It wasn’t originally in the script and we just wanted to come up with something unique and different. Travis [Vikings star Travis Fimmel] did it first. My new pages were revised that morning, and all of a sudden they added, ‘Lagertha licks his hand.’ When, covered ...


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From the Vikings Wiki: The Seer had once prophesized that Ragnar will have many sons. Bjorn is the first of these. As time goes on, he becomes more and more frustrated that he hasn't been graced with more sons. Remember, given the era as well, multiple children would have been common - especially boys. This historical page about Viking life states: ...


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It also felt troublesome to me, so here is more information to make it more consistent in my mind: Was it cowardice? No. She demonstrates multiple acts of bravery, always above-board and honorable conduct. She effectively warns Aslaug, and declares her intentions in advance. (s4e12 20:00) We know Lagertha is true to her word. (s4e05) She acknowledges ...


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I believe this is to emphasize the fact that he is foreign/distinct from the other viking Earls. The character bio on the History Channel site states: cunning and devious leader of Gotaland .... refuses to cede any of his land to King Horik, whom he considers to be a foreign king with no legitimate claim emphasis mine above. The foreign aspect is also ...


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Fictional-wise it's a display of his unpredictability and attempt to keep his enemies (or everyone) guessing. Besides that it's also a way of showing he isn't afraid of anything by laughing/smiling about it (death, grief or threats). It's not uncommon to see people smile at inappropriate moments, because it's also a way of camoflaging a true facial ...


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Well, this actor is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers who is playing a medieval bishop named Heahmund. From this interview with Hirst "He's a man of Wessex, and he's gonna come in as a worthy opponent to Ivar," Hirst promises, comparing the character to Richard III. "His whole life is about deeply passionate commitments. He's a wild card who happens to be [played by] ...


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From the summary on wikipedia of season 4 episode 14: Ragnar states he and Kwenthrith never had sex and Magnus is expelled. The boy Aethelwulf sent away was Magnus, the son of Kwenthrith because he has no value if he is not the son of Ragnar. However it is not said in season 4 who the father is or if Ragnar lied. Here is a picture of the boy just ...


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While this question may go beyond the scope of SE, I'll try to answer to the best of my knowledge. Disclaimer: I have only seen the first 3 seasons so far. Ragnar is atypically interested in the Britons; especially compared to his fellow vikings who see the Britons as nothing but raidable targets. Ragnar, having been a farmer in a region with a horrible ...


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Ragnar was infatuated with Yidu for only a short time before he became addicted to the drug she was supplying him with. After that, I don't think he had feelings for her beyond her being the source of the drugs. Given Yidu's own end, it's clear that Ragnar blamed her for his withdrawal symptoms, and probably later blames her for his greatest failure. It ...


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King Finehair and Bjorn. That's what you're missing. King Finehair wishes to destroy the Lothbrok dinasty, but he cannot do it unless he takes the throne from Ragnar. Now, when Ragnar died killed by King Aele, that's a different reason. But back then it seemed to me like King Finehair was still an ally of Kattegat, if not Ragnar's ally. And Bjorn had ...


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I know this is old but I just wanted to add to the above answer where it says the French sounds more like German, I believe (despite the words of the creator since he could have easily mixed this up in speaking) they are speaking Old Frankish rather than Old French, which is actually a Germanic language so that's why it sounds German and it makes more sense ...


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1) the title ealdorman or earl was only used in England by English governments. It was related to the Scandinavian word jarl, but no Vikings were ever earls, unless they were working in England for the King of England and were appointed earls by him. I don't know if you or the TV show is responsible for the use of "earls". 2) In English a heraldic emblem ...


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Kwenthrith suspected that her brother was after the throne. She poisoned her brother's drink because she wanted the throne and the power. She certainly had motives for it. She also liked Ragnar in a romantic way. She went after him when he was injured. In the later episodes, it is revealed later that she was carrying Ragnar's child and gave birth to a ...


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As a francophone, I can catch many of the words that the Parisians speak. Of course, the subtitles help, because the accent and grammar and morphology is very different. But, it is believably the ancestor of the French language.


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Jarldom has been described as being similar to that of Dukedom. Earl is equivalent to a Count if you try to compare early feudal societies with societies such as the Norse. In relation to the series, Gotaland should be an island in the body of water adjacent to the southern coast of Sweden. It would make sense that Jarl Borg was much harder to subdue that ...


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Small but simple difference. An earl would control 1 area or tribe, and likely pay homage to a king with several earls. A jarl is a man who may not quite be a king, but may rule several tribes and even have earls under him, but A Jarls territory is likely to be OUTSIDE and seperate of any kings territory, where as an earl is likely to be under a kings rule ...


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The outward marks of aging may have come earlier in the past due to poor understanding nutrition among other factors, so possibly the seers is younger than appearances suggest. Thus it's possible that not only the seer but the main characters are younger than we expect. There is also a theory that it's fairly easy to live into 80 in the modern era, but if ...


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The girl likely drowned in the river trying to wash herself, as Sigurd (who discovers her later in the water) noticed that she was dirty. I don't think anyone killed her, she just died of neglect. Her mother had abandoned her, her father was off raiding, and her step-grandmother who was supposed to be caring for her was too drunk to notice or care that she ...


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ScreenerTV knows the answer: But even with these events, there’s a single solitary question that has to be on the mind of every “Vikings” fan: Who is the one-eyed man cloaked in black (Andre Eriksen) that brought the news of his death to the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok? He appeared briefly in a previous episode, but was merely credited as “Black ...


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As someone who Trains HEMA, let me tell you weapons completly made out of wood are ligther and have a different ballance. So training with tem might give you a wrong feeling for the weapon, its weight and even reach. And yes we use also real weapons,blunt ones tough, but real enough. So training with real weapons even if Blunt ones, gives them a better feel ...


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So much. So, so much. He "goes native" for a while and adopts the pagan religion of the Vikings, having traveled with them to Upsala. He hooks up with Judith and their progeny is the future King Alfred. King Ecbert declares the child holy and sends him on a pilgrimage to Rome.


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He suffered from Kidney failure. Failure of a kidney can result in severe discomfort in the abdomen, bloody urine, and waste production build up which can cause illness, hallucinations and nausea. But even though he suffered from kidney failure, surviving with just 1 kidney is entirely possible. Some people are born with only 1. It is even possible to ...


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Ragnar's political game generally revolves around him playing the role of a rather happy and naive simple man. He only reveals his aptitude and ambitions much later, when he can't get around it anymore or revealing it is beneficial in some way. He often eeks out a victory because he is dismissed/ignored by those who consider themselves superior. They ...


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It seems Ragnar was imagining the head of Mímir in his tent, asking him for advice. From Reddit by FluffyCookie I'm fairly sure the head was supposed to be Mímir, one of the Norse gods representing wisdom. Mímir (Old Norse "The rememberer, the wise one") or Mim is a wisdom deity in Norse mythology. He is closely associated with a magical well ...


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First thing I can say is that Ragnar and Rollo are not brothers in the real history, in fact they don't even know each other. Ragnar had 3 wives, Lagertha, Aslaug and Thóra, which you can't see in the series. But I know this much, if you really want to know some history behind vikings characters, watch this video, it helped me :)


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I think it's payment for the seers work that he does by answering the questions as he has no use for money or books or a TV so yeah that's what I reckon


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As you say, There are four major "dead" languages that are spoken in the show which are Latin, Old Norse, Anglo-Saxon and old French. Quoting Michael Hirst: And here’s a very important thing: if you include Latin as a dead language, we have FOUR dead languages in the show. We have people speaking Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Old French (when they raid Paris, ...


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