“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

An analysis on the real historicity of Bjørn Ironside, one of the main characters of History Channel's Vikings.

An analysis on the real historicity of Bjørn Ironside, one of the main characters of History Channel's Vikings.

Björn Järnsida (Ironside), was a Viking raiding France in the 9th century. According to the old sagas he was the son of  Ragnar Lodbroks and participated in Ragnars  siege of Paris. The sagas also say that Björn got the name Ironside because he was never injured in battle. (Picture from the TV show Vikings).

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Björn Järnsida (Ironside), was a Viking raiding France in the 9th century. According to the old sagas he was the son of Ragnar Lodbroks and participated in Ragnars siege of Paris. The sagas also say that Björn got the name Ironside because he was never injured in battle. (Picture from the TV show Vikings).

Athanos, a Pethreni scholar and executioner. Becomes one of Ríon's advisors and a good friend of Líadan. Dies in the Battle of Ulhethas

Athanos, a Pethreni scholar and executioner. Becomes one of Ríon's advisors and a good friend of Líadan. Dies in the Battle of Ulhethas

“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

Tale Of Ragnars Sons — Bjorn Ironside | Season 5

Tale Of Ragnars Sons — Bjorn Ironside | Season 5

Halfdan Ragnarsson was a Viking leader and a commander of the Great Heathen Army. According to the tradition recorded in the Norse sagas he was one of the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok, and his brothers included Björn Ironside, Ivar the Boneless, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba. He was the first King of Jórvík and also claimed the Kingdom of Dublin. He died at the Battle of Strangford Lough in 877 trying to press his Irish claim.

Halfdan Ragnarsson was a Viking leader and a commander of the Great Heathen Army. According to the tradition recorded in the Norse sagas he was one of the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok, and his brothers included Björn Ironside, Ivar the Boneless, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba. He was the first King of Jórvík and also claimed the Kingdom of Dublin. He died at the Battle of Strangford Lough in 877 trying to press his Irish claim.

Ivar the Boneless, son of King Ragnar Lothbrok  | Alex Høeg Anderson | Vikings - Season 4B

Ivar the Boneless, son of King Ragnar Lothbrok | Alex Høeg Anderson | Vikings - Season 4B

Travis Fimmel as Tyr. He is the god of war and a son of Odin. Tyr had his hand bitten off by Fenrir.

Travis Fimmel as Tyr. He is the god of war and a son of Odin. Tyr had his hand bitten off by Fenrir.

HERITAGE - 1: Direct Line to our Distant Past. What made us English? Reading list for a Bygone Era

HERITAGE - 1: DIRECT LINE TO OUR DISTANT PAST. What Made Us English? Reading List for a Bygone Era

The Great Heathen Army (OE: mycel heathen here), also known as the Great Danish Army or The Great Viking Army, was a combined Viking force originating in Denmark and southern Sweden that invaded England in 865 AD.

Ragnar Lodbrok met his end in England when he was captured by his long-time nemesis King Ælla of Northumbria who threw him into a pit of snakes. The Saga Ragnarssona þáttr (The Tale of Ragnar’s Sons) relates that it was this act that caused the Great Heathen Army to invade England at the behest of Ragnar’s children who demanded revenge for the death of their father.

Ragnar Lodbrok met his end in England when he was captured by his long-time nemesis King Ælla of Northumbria who threw him into a pit of snakes. The Saga Ragnarssona þáttr (The Tale of Ragnar’s Sons) relates that it was this act that caused the Great Heathen Army to invade England at the behest of Ragnar’s children who demanded revenge for the death of their father.

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