The Vikings Podcast #102: Rites of Passage

Vikings Ragnar Lothbrock played by Travis FimmelVikings stormed onto the small screen with intense battles, poltiical intrigue and norse mythology. The premiere episode of Vikings was fantastic. Telling the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his quest to venture West in search of untold fortune.

The cast is excellent and the history is surprisingly accurate. On today’s episode of The Vikings Podcast we will review and recap episode 1: “Rites of Passage”. Then we will look at the history presented in the show and see how it compares to actual history.

Rites of Passage

In 8th century Scandinavia, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is a warrior and a farmer who dreams of finding riches by bucking the tradition of raiding to the east. Ragnar has been working in secret on a project that will turn the Viking world on its head. But first Ragnar must convince the leader of his community, the powerful Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who is none too happy to share in the renown that this journey could bring to Ragnar if it’s successful.

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In this episode’s history lesson we discuss:

  • Sun Board & Sun Stone
  • Ravens
  • The Thing
  • Ship building

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