Theme of the series
This series is inspired by the legends of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, who is amongst the most eminent celebrated Norse heroes who’s infamous as the curse of France and the UK. The show depicts Ragnar as the farmer who makes his rise to eminence by triumphant raids into the UK, and ultimately gets the Scandinavian kingship, with the aid of his family members and associate warriors. Among them are Rollo, his brother, Björn Ironside, his son, and princess Aslaug and shield maiden Lagertha, his wives.
The show commences in AD 790s as Ragnar Lothbrok leads a voyage to the UK, having determined a new way of navigating “western sea.” In company with Rollo, his desirous brother, Floki, a half-insane ship maker, and a number of other aggressive Norsemen, they attack the Lindisfarne monastery and commence the grand Viking age. This program blends historical truth, myth and fiction. A great deal of the genuine history the series covers is from the later stages of 9th century, which is time the raids became more intense and following the landing of the Great Heathen Army during AD 865. There’s profusion of rapine and massacre in the series, which is preposterously violent and grizzly.
Vikings, the TV Series, whose 4th season is being currently aired on History Channel, has established itself as an offbeat hit from the time it got going. If you’re fond of medieval gore, which is something that all and sundry seems to be fond of nowadays, the series provides some good enjoyment. However, the series is also significant culturally as it reveals a progressively more pro-pagan and anti-Christian observation of the medieval times.