TV Series | TV-MA | | Action, Adventure, Drama
Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.
The carved beast heads seen on the prow of the viking longships were there to scare the spirits of hostile lands. Vikings were more than willing to fight the people but did not want to suffer at the hands of hostile spirits, nor did they want the spirits aiding their enemies. Although not shown in this series, they were not always dragons - they could be wolves/ravens etc. They were also removable and would have been taken off when approaching home so as not to scare the friendly spirits as this could bring ill health, a bad harvest or other such bad luck. A more modern equivalent would be a battle flag carried at times of war but not of peace - if you saw a longship approaching with beast head in place, you knew their intentions were hostile.
What are you so afraid of? It's only death!
Thorstein frequently wears a brigandine, which where not introduced in Europe until the 14th century.
In the U.S. all episodes were censored for violence, nudity, profanity, and time restrains for their broadcast on the History Channel. However, the uncensored versions of the episodes can be found on the U.S. Blu-rays. Each episode is presented as an "Original Version" (censored) or "Extended Version" (uncensored).
English, Old English, Norse, Old, Latin
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