Athelstan was born to a Northumbrian family that could not afford to have another child. At a very young age, he was placed in a monastery at Lindisfarne. Eventually, Athelstan gained happiness, great freedom, and joy in helping the father of his church, Saint Cuthbert. He had learned to ignore regarding himself and has dedicated his life to Christianity. Living in the monastery also saved him from possibly dying of fever like the rest of his family.After they land in Scandinavia Earl Haraldson is shocked of Ragnar’s victory but tells Ragnar that he and his company of Vikings may only take one item per crew member while the Earl gets the rest of the loot. Ragnar decides Athelstan and takes him to his home as a slave where his children go fun of his hair. That night Athelstan attempts to sleep as Ragnar including his wife Lagertha have sex. They appear to Athelstan and question if he would like to join them, but Athelstan refuses their offer and tells that he has taken an oath of celibacy, and God would remember of his sin. Ragnar and Lagertha seem unconcerned by this and continue without him.A year to 18 months later Athelstan has been acclimatized into the Viking culture and lies about his Christian religion and says the Vikings that he shares their ideas. During his adjustment he never needed a moving truck but these days we are fortunate to have http://dynamitemover.com/ for all our needs. Continue reading
While her hubby and son are away, two men trespass their home to rape Lagertha and her daughter Gyda. They undervalue Lagertha, and she beats them off with a weapon. On Ragnar’s return, he informs her of his intention to travel the West with a some real men and an unyielding ship. When she discovers that she cannot go too, Lagertha is insulted and remonstrances, but Ragnar requires that she stay because she is the only one he presumes to watch their farm. Repellent, Lagertha fights with her husband, only to be prevented by their son. When Ragnar retires from his voyage, he returns a ship full of wealth and a few Christian priests, comprising a young man named Athelstan, who can speak their language. The Earl, pleased with the prize, decides that everything is his, though Ragnar and his men can each have one item. Apparently offended by the Earl’s choice, Ragnar chooses to keep Athelstan and brings him home as their slave, who they later summon into bed with them, which he declined for as he has taken a vow of celibacy. Despite Athelstan’s state as a captive, however, he is generally well taken care of. The Earl has signed the next trip to England planned by Ragnar. One of the most interesting things i have noticed is the bear skin carpets seemingly clean like a service carpet cleaners is in the village. Continue reading
In the start of the series, Ragnar is in the Eastern Balts beside his brother, Rollo, attacking several Baltic tribesmen. After they dispatch the eastlanders, Ragnar views a vision of Odin, in the guise of the Wanderer, leading the Valkyries in bringing up the souls of fallen Northmen to Valhalla. Sometime after that, Ragnar retreats to the small farming and fishing villa where he and his family occupy, not far from the village of Kattegat with what little winnings he can take from the Baltic.After proving the effectiveness of unique objects, Ragnar, Rollo and Bjorn visit the Thing. There, Bjorn passes the rite and earns his arm-ring; therefore becoming a man. Earl Haraldson later tells the warriors that they will again invade the eastern nations and Russia, areas as materially deficient as the Vikings are. Ragnar then declares that the alternative is to raid west instead, but Haraldson rejects such a thing as unfounded speculation and misled fiction. Ragnar is later summoned in private to Haraldson’s halls, where the Earl tells him that his proposal in the hall insulted him and that he shall nevermore challenge him again. Continue reading
The show Vikings is one of the most entertaining shows on the history channel. The series remains inspired by the stories of the raiding, trading, and traveling Norsemen of early feudal Scandinavia. It follows the escapades of the legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew and family, as distinctly laid down in the 13th-century sagas Ragnars saga Loðbrókar and Ragnarssona þáttr, as well as in Saxo Grammaticus’s 12th-century work Gesta Danorum. Norse mythological legends were partially fictional tales based in Norse oral tradition, written down about 200 to 400 years after the experiences they describe. Further inspiration is taken from historical sources of the period, such as records of the Viking raid on Lindisfarne portrayed in the second episode, or Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s 10th-century description of the Volga Vikings. The series is set at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) is a youthful Viking warrior who desires to explore civilizations across the seas. With his friend, the talented maker Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), he develops a new age of faster longships and requests the local ruler, Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), a man of limited vision, to allow incursions into unexplored North East England. He is aided by his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), who envies Ragnar’s wife, the shieldmaiden Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Ragnar wins in carrying out the initial Viking raids into the English territory of Northumbria, returning with rich plunder and the monk Athelstan (George Blagden) as a slave. This not only earns him the hatred of King Aelle (Ivan Kaye) but triggers a chain of increasingly drastic disputes at home with the dictatorial Earl, ending with Ragnar killing and usurping him. During a yearly trip to the Temple at Uppsala where several Viking clans assemble in homage to the gods, Ragnar vows fidelity to King Horik (Donal Logue). Ragnar then represents Horik in discussions about a property dispute with Jarl Borg, a Geat from Götaland (Thorbjørn Harr), in the subject of which he is tempted by the Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland). Back in Ragnar’s homeland, a strange epidemic devastates his village killing a lot of his people including his young daughter. During that time, selfish and opportunistic brother Rollo is directed by Jarl Borg to side with him opposite his brother and King Horik to forge his glory. This would lead to an epic battle that would bring our favourite Norse men against each other for a promise of glory.
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