We’re Talking VIKINGS: BJÖRN


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The Shieldmaidens of History (Protecting the Innocent from Anachronisms) welcome you back to our series on the History Channel show Vikings. 

146a6-lissa-bryanHistorical fiction author Lissa Bryan is with me again to discuss the historical aspects of the show. Lissa has written a fantastic historical fiction story of her own, and she is an amazing historian and storyteller. (You can read my review of her Tudor love story, Under These Restless Skies here on my site.)

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Heillir! We—Lissa Bryan and Sandi Layne—are two historical fiction authors with a serious thing for Vikings. And for VIKINGS, the amazing series that is going to begin its fourth season on HISTORY CHANNEL.

We are SO excited! So, Warriors and Shieldmaidens all, get your weapons and armor ready, because it’s going to be an amazing season!


Only son of Ragnar Lo∂brok and his wife Lagertha, Björn has grown from an opinionated traditionalist of a boy in the first season of VIKINGS into a man who took an unconventional wife and has met great battles in foreign lands. Played in his adult years by the imposing Alexander Ludwig, he’s a splendid mix of his parents.

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Ludwig has a flare of social networking during the season as well, and clearly gets along well with his onscreen family. He brings attitude as well as dignity to his role, here.

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An accomplished warrior, at this time, Björn is still facing issues that could be distracting. He is bound to be torn in this upcoming season over his loyalties to his parents. He’s Lagertha’s only heir for her earldom.

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Ragnar has sons with his new wife, Aslaug, to inherit his crown. But would he rather have Björn by his side?

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Björn acquitted himself marvelously in the battle for Paris.

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Björn has been left, too, though he doesn’t know it yet. His slave-turned-freedwoman-turned-wife Þórunn was unable to cope with the scars she sustained in battle and the trauma it had caused her. We last see her standing on a ridge, looking back at Kattegat as she leaves – presumably for good.

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How will he direct his steps in the coming season? His father was gravely wounded when we last saw him, but he seemed to lean on Björn at the invasion of Paris.

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Will Björn return to the more traditional views of his own childhood or venture further into new thoughts and ideas?

It will be interesting to follow him as this season of VIKINGS progresses.

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What are your thoughts? Join Lissa Bryan and me, Sandi, tonight as we chat at 8PM EST on Twitter about Björn Ironsides and what the series might have in store for him. Use the hashtag #ShieldGeeks to join in the fun!


  1. Angelyn · February 3, 2016

    Ironsides is a good name for this young man.

    • Sandi · February 4, 2016

      It really is. Both due to his battle prowess and the abs. *nods*

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