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History Channel - Vikings

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Unprofessional, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    Anybody else watching this soap opera set in the year 796?

    It's never a good thing when your pregnant girlfriend shows up at your house to meet your wife.
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  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I love this show. I was super stoked for last nights season opener. I like how it picked up right where last season left off.

  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Starting a marathon of season 1 with the wife tonight before starting season 2. I saw the first season as they aired, she hasn't seen it yet.
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I love the show.

    I was kind of disappointed when Lagertha didn't put on her shield maiden outfit and kick his butt like she did when she wanted to go on the second raid with him.

  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    The Lagertha storyline this season looks way cool.

    I don't know what to make of Rollo. He was my favorite character last season. Now I like Jarl Borg.

  6. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Wow. Looks like the cast of Sons Of Anarchy all got in a time machine. I'm sceptical, to say the least...

    Oh, and "Lagertha"? "Rollo"? "Borg"? Yeah, those are some really norse sounding names... :rolleyes:
  7. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    These people would destroy the SOA crew unless they used their machine guns.

    Hand to hand the shield maidens would wipe them out.

    Lagertha was a shieldmaiden from Norse legend.
    Bjorn is Swedish. I know a lot of Swede and Icelandic guys with that name.
    Rollo was a powerful Viking leader according to legend.
  8. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Yeah, I'll give you that. SOA; the laughing stock of the motorcycle world. :D
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Weird. I have no issue with the names they use on the show. I thought they were all quite appropriate.

    They can't name everyone Leif. :)

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  10. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Yeah. But Bjorn Borg was a tennis player.

    Rollo is a latin translation of Hrolfr/Rolf.

    Lagertha is a latin translation of Hlaogeror/Hladgerd.

    Vikings did not speak/write latin.

    But I guess they sound better in "Hollywood-speak". :D

    Regards, Tore (Warrior/priest of Thor), an actual viking. ;)
  11. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Most boring show I ever watched..only slightly higher on the food chain than Duck Dynasty.

    But then there's 3 kinds of shows I hate :-

    (a) anything about Vikings
    (b) anything about vampires
    (c) anything about zombies

    all snoozefests as far as I'm concerned....but....everybody's different ...so go ahead and enjoy.....
  12. squirefan


    Nov 22, 2009
    Lansing, Ks.
    I just don't like the fact that all my favorite documentary-type channels have gone either Hollywood or 'reality' shows.
    But that's just me...if you enjoy it, by all means enjoy!
  13. kyrk01


    May 24, 2007
    Lets get lame . How about Viking pawn stars?
  14. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    I haven't gotten to watch this yet, but I should. My great grandpa's name was Gunleik Aslakson Listug. VIKINGS! Lol.
  15. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I don't have cable, so I'll have to catch it when it gets on Netflix or Hulu or something. I'm actually teaching a course on Vikings this term and my students are constantly talking about it. Sounds like a cool show.
  16. Never heard of the show, but the image was interesting. So the vikings have discovered washing machines, detergents, scissors (to trim the hair and beards) and obviously apart from rape and pillage, they're into sanitation and hairdressers? If you look at period movies from the 1800s everyone is filthy - these 'vikings' would appear to be somewhat different to how history shows them. Probably good fun though - kind of the Viking version of Dallas.
  17. The show is OK, IMHO. My wife and I have been watching since the very first episode. It's interesting, but you have to remember this is a Hollywood take on Nordic life. There is a lot of artistic license taken, for sure.

    It's sort of a PG-13 version of "Game of Thrones" set in a historic setting, really.
  18. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    There have been scissors and razors since ancient times. Medieval people could (and did) scrub themselves down in a stream from time to time even if they didn't have hot running water and soap. Clothes, on the other hand, did tend to get worn till they wore out. MANY texts of the era stress the handsome and fashionable appearance of warriors. One of my favorite images from the 7th century to show students is this one...


    The big old sword is obvious, but what is this fearsome warrior doing with his LEFT hand...?

    Combing his hair.
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  19. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    Can't believe he had the stones to suggest an "arrangement". !Snap that would have been hot. I personally think Lagertha is much sexier than the new g/f ..... I'm not into the new chick at all.

    Those are all historical or legendary characters from that area, particularly Lagertha. Wife and I have been watching this show from the start and have argued over everything from the spelling of the names to what occurred 2 episodes back.

    Lagertha was, according to legend, a Danish Viking shieldmaiden from what is now Norway, and the onetime wife of the famous Viking Ragnar Lodbrok. Her tale, as recorded by the chronicler Saxo in the 12th century, may be a reflection of tales about Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr, a Norse deity.
    Her name as recorded by Saxo, Lathgertha, is likely a Latinization of the Old Norse Hlaðgerðr (Hladgerd).[1] It is frequently rendered in English-language sources as "Lagertha", and has also been recorded as Ladgertha, Ladgerda or similar.
  20. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    NAh man, that is Ragnar stabbing himself in the eye, "crap,crap,crap, SHE is here! Why can't what happens in Borgland stay in Borgland?"