History has always been a hobby of mine. I studied English in college, as well as Theology, but it’s HISTORY that has been an avocation since I was very young. Vikings were a part of history, but never really a grand obsession until I began writing about them for my Éire’s Viking Trilogy.
Vikings have been much maligned by pop culture, in my estimation. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but the Norse people that I’ve studied were concerned about justice, morality, personal accomplishment, bravery, and family. Cleanliness was important, as were practical arts and crafts. The thing to remember, in dealing with any culture, is that the worldview these men and women possessed more than a thousand years ago was not the same one through which we experience the world, today.
Taken on their own terms, the Northmen, the Vikings, were true to themselves and their lights—and they had a plan for their cultural survival. Learning about them has been a wonderful thing.
And now, I am hooked. So much so that I am a HUGE fangirl of History Channel’s show, VIKINGS.
Ever since the first episode of Season One, back in 2013, I’ve watched, followed, tagged, tweeted. Twitter accounts you might wish to follow include:
The NoShip Network (podcasters extraordinaire)
Lissa Bryan (My partner in live-tweeting and next-morning follow-ups.)
Clive Standen (who plays ROLLO)
George Blagden (who plays ATHELSTAN)
Alexander Ludwig (who plays BJÖRN (adult))
Katheryn Winnick (who plays LAGERTHA)
The Vikings featured on the TV show originate in Scandinavia. I’m thinking Sweden, though King Horik was a Dane. The first part of Season One begins at the tail end of the 8th Century, just before my own trilogy begins in Nordweg (Norway) and Éire (Ireland) at the beginning of the 9th Century.
If you have not yet seen this show, I HIGHLY recommend you watch it. I’ll be featuring a few of my favorite episodes between now and February 19th, which is when Season 3 begins here in the States. The History Channel is showing episodes on their website right now, so you’ve got the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Northern Way before Ragnar begins his new adventures.
My plan, over the course of the next several days, is to share with you some of the highlights of the VIKINGS show as well as stuff from my own research as we prepare for the invasion of the Northmen.
Heill þú farir, heill þú aftr komir, heill þú á sinnum sér!
Hale go forth, hale return, hale on your ways! – Vafþrúðnismál 4