Vikings – Definitely NOT Veggies Tales

History is brutal. Most blockbuster movies gloss over the blood and brutality nations used against one another to gain power. One of the most brutal clans in history were the Vikings. *caveat – I’m not Scandinavian, but I did stay at a hotel this month*
I never planned on watching the TV show “Vikings.” It was sheer boredom on my lunch break and a random text from my brother. I blame him for my four season rabbit hole.

Vikings.Poster3

*Poster for Season 3*

“Vikings”, produced and aired on the History Channel, is loosely based on the surviving stories of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking king. Records from the era were spotty at best. It’s hard to tell myth from history, but for Ragnar, it was a bloody life. Every day was a struggle, from farming to healing from battle wounds.

 

This show is NOT for anyone sensitive to gore or blood. There are axes, swords and spears. Beheadings and torture methods were used to prove a point. Gangrene and beatings were common in battles or for prisoners. Vikings scrabbled for food and murdered for gold.

 

It is also decidedly not Christian world view based. In fact, Vikings worshiped multiple gods and downright despised the “Christian God.” Some of the more pivotal moments are centered around the struggle with Ragnar’s tolerance of God. It was a capital offense to shun Odin.

 

However, blood and guts aside, the storytelling is superb. An underlying subplot woven through half a season, slapped me in the face at the end of season two. The pace is as hectic as their brutal battles. And, there are some sexual scenes. While no bits and parts are out on display, the intent and visuals make it crystal clear.

 

Ragnar may be the central, fantastically flawed character, but the supporting cast adds layer upon layer to each episode. Lagertha makes me want to take up sword fighting and become a shield maiden.

Lagertha

Always be yourself…unless you can be Lagertha. Then be Lagertha.

But I’m not sure I could get past licking the seer’s hand…ew.

 

Seasons 1 through 3 are currently available on Hulu. Season 4 is available through iTunes. And Season 5? I’m going to go cry in a corner until 2017.

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When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by sarahb5149

2 responses to “Vikings – Definitely NOT Veggies Tales

  • adavis

    I mostly love that you related this to Veggie Tales, and now “We’re Vikings” is now looping in my head. 😉 I watched a few episodes of Vikings, and wasn’t too sure if I wanted to continue — the story was good, but Ragnar wasn’t my favorite. If the other characters improve the story, as you say, I think I might give it another try!

    • sarahb5149

      Ragnar can be a big, whiny baby. I do adore the supporting cast–especially Athelstan. And Lagertha. And Bjorn. Ragnar will have some stellar moments in future episodes. Let me know if you stick with it!

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