posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 08:55 AM
Originally posted by kiwisoop
For those who have seen the sort of new series on History channel, it is obvious that parts of the history of vikings have been altered to make the
show watchable, as not everyone knows the language of the vikings, but I mean is it necessary to make the show complete fiction? In the show they
follow the story of when the vikings invaded England, but here is where it is historically incorrect. In the show, they invade England on a ship
holding maybe 10-20 men, but according to history when the vikings invaded England they had a ship carrying closer to 60-70 men.
edit on 8-4-2013 by kiwisoop because: Accidently hit enter before typing
I would recommend reading the book by Brad Ferguson. (the shows creator) Yes, there are some deviations from the TV show and what we really know of
the ancient Norse culture. (imagine that
) But on the whole the Viking way of life, or what little is known about it, is pretty acurately portrayed.
The book is nothing like the show. It is a historical book and does not have any of the characters from the TV show in it.
Fact is, the Northern Heathen cultures at the time had a strong oral tradition and did not write anything down. And most of what has survived in text
form is written by scribes who were very biased by the christian religion. What was actually written by Norwegian and swedish scholars was toward the
very end of the Viking age (1100AD or so) when it was apparent to them that the spread of christianity was going to make their stories and sagas
The show also portrays the Viking culture as being ignorant of the lands west to them. This is not so. In fact there were several Viking settlements
on the islands off the eastern coast of the british Isles at the time of the Lindisfarne monastery raid in 793 AD. Nobody really knows why the Vikings
exploded suddenly on the scene then and not 50 years earlier or later. It is thought that maybe they were hitting "soft" targets like christian
churches and monasteries because at the time Charlemagne was brutally putting to the sword any Saxons that would not convert to Christianity. And many
who even did convert. So the pagan peoples retaliated against christian targets with the same ferocity and indifference that Charlemagne used against
their own peoples. They could not raise a formidable army like the frankish kingdom had, so terrorist tactics suited them better. So yeah, you can
find inconsistencies with the show.
But I still love it, its very well written with some deep characters and like I said, a pretty accurate portrayal of overall Viking way of life. I
hope it stays on for several seasons. Especially since most TV nowadays is total trash.
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