"Vikings" on the History Channel

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  1. atatu

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    Well, I made the mistake of watching a few episodes on Satuday night and now I'm hooked. Does anyone know if this series is based on the Bernard Cornwell Saxon series of books ?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Check the website. I can't figure out why each of the Vikings has a one word name, except Gabriel Byrne as "Earl Haraldson." Earl Haraldson?? Is he the Vikings' accountant?
     
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    I'm hooked on this show as well. :)
     
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    Its loosely based on history. The raid at Lindesfarne happened and was the start of the viking raids on western Europe.

    I cant figure out if his brother Rollo is supposed to be king Rollo the first king of the Normans or not.

    I dont know if its based on the books but they are not Saxons in the show. They raid Saxon controlled England but they are not Saxons themselves.
     
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    History is written by the victors.
    Funny how things we always thought as fact are now changing, with all the technology availible.
    Vikings in the America's around 1100BC.
    Some Celts before.
    Columbus was noted to have said he saw graveyards of big Euro looking ships.
    Where really WAS Troy?
    Did Jason leave the Med on his journey's?
    Homer might not have been Greek, and certainly change places and names as he saw fit.
     
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    I'm going to record the Fran Tarkenton episode
     
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  7. atatu

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    Yeah in these Saxon books that I'm talking about the Saxons end up fighting against the Vikings, also loosely based on history, I guess.
     
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    Never heard this ever. Its actually mind blowing since the term Viking didnt come around until over 1500 years later than this date.

    Never read them. But they are starting to show more of the Saxons. It focuses on the Vikings more though so i cant imagine they are talking about them books.
     
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    Love the show. It is loosely based on history, Ragnar Lothbrok did exist and did raid England and France
     
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    Although the Vikings were raiders, they were also essentially long-distance traders. Commerce however rarely makes for colourful television.
     
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    I liked Hagar the Horrible as a kid.

    He was a true viking, one bath a year only, spent his life raiding and looting and drinking. Shoot me any questions if you wanna know all about vikings.
     
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    "Vikings" could be any Nordic raider group from the NorthSea.
     
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    FYI
    The marathon is on The History Channel, up until the season two premier on the 27th.

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    Sweet, this is going to be a good season, I think.
     
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    I watched it when it first previewed last year and enjoyed it, but I now have lost interest since it's been a year since new episodes have been on.
    I don't understand the network decided to take so long to bring it back, some loose interest and I sure did. I might watch it, but if I don't I won't miss it.
     
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  16. atatu

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    Second episode of Season 2 tonight, should be good, lots of new developments in the first episode....
     
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    Any thoughts on the season finale, is Rollo alive and did the priest save him ?
     
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