5 Things The History Channel’s “Vikings” Got Terribly Wrong

There are some historical facts that Ragnar never existed. Credits: Wikia.com

There are some historical facts that Ragnar never existed. Credits: Wikia

One of the most popular history channel series at the moment called Vikings is loosely based on the Norse saga known as the Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, a sequel to the Völsung Saga. As for the show itself, it is well-cast and well-acted one. Even though some praise the series for the high-quality acting, others such as historians find this television show inaccurate in factual terms.


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Ragnar Was Swedish

According to the show, Ragnar was a Norseman, but he was nothing like that for his origin was Swedish i.e. he was the son of the Swedish king Sigmund Hering. He also had some Danish origins, because he was a relative of the Danish king Gudfred. It is widely held and known that all of the Ragnar Lodbrok’s sons were actual historical figures (Halfdan Ragnarsson, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, Björn Ironside, Ubba and Ivar the Boneless), but there are no factual proofs that Ragnar actually existed. Even if he did exist, he might not have been called Ragnar whatsoever. What’s for sure is that the deeds of this famous Viking coincide with the deeds of many other Viking rulers and heroes.

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