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  • Sarah Casserley

Vikings: Sagas vs. Series

Well that’s it, we’ve come to the end of another fantastic historical drama. Vikings first hit our screens in 2013 and gave us 6 incredible seasons, 89 episodes, some amazing characters and, arguably, one of the best theme songs (If I had a heart by Fever Ray). Even though some characters and plots had been stretched, dramatized and even fabricated, there are a lot of stories from as far back as the 9th century that back up what we saw on our screens.

As we were not totally ready to stop learning about Ragnar and his family, we decided to do a little bit of digging to find out how close to the Icelandic, Scandinavian, Danish and Norse Sagas Vikings really took us. Obviously, there is a lot of stories out there - some conflicting and some expanded by hearsay, as they were only just starting to record history around this time in the Middle Ages - but below are some of the biggest differences and the most interesting similarities. So, make sure your curved horn is full and settle in to find out more about our favourite Viking kings, queens and shieldmaidens.


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