Friday, March 16, 2012

Giddy as a School Girl

Thanks to a recent announcement from the History Channel, I'm as giddy as a school girl.  The History Channel, in conjunction with a few other organizations, is set to start filming a series entitled Vikings, which, as the title gives away, focuses on the fearsome Norse culture which terrorized Europe from the end of the eighth century into the eleventh century.

The series will focus on Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the most brutally effective Vikings of his day.  He rose to prominence, united tribes, and established a kingdom in France, periodically threatening to invade the rest of France if they didn't pay him enough ransom.  Once they paid, he usually invaded anyways.  This is my theory, but I think this may be the start of why every French person is terrified of anyone with a Teutonic heritage.

Unlike many shows and movies that portray Vikings as uncultured barbarians, Vikings is from the perspective of the Vikings themselves.  Hopefully this will eliminate much of the historical skew that peppers the History Channel.

It is being filmed in Ireland and at other sites throughout Northern Europe.  Vikings is set to premiere sometime in 2013, during a week I will undoubtedly drink from only my horn, use the runic "thorn" character in place of "th," and occasionally challenge people to duels.  I  It will be epic.

For the original article that brought me sunshine on this cloudy day, visit this web page.

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