The great sea expeditions of the Viking Age - The basis of the great sea expeditions undertaken by the Vikings was ship technology. The Viking ship was a piece of high technology based upon hundreds of years of development and experience. It was distinguished by its narrow keel and shallow draught. This made even the largest ocean-going warships suitable for sailing onto beaches and up rivers. Such tactics enabled, for example, the siege of Paris to be carried out in the year 885.

The great sea expeditions of the Viking Age - The basis of the great sea expeditions undertaken by the Vikings was ship technology. The Viking ship was a piece of high technology based upon hundreds of years of development and experience.

Ragnar Lodbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) is the protagonist of the History channel's historical drama series Vikings

Ragnar Lodbrok from the Viking TV Show with a raven on his shoulder. According to Viking mythology, Odin would often appear as a raven. Ragnar Lodbrok claimed to be descended from Odin and many Vikings believed this.

Dragon heads on the bow of the viking ships were supposed to protect against the evil spirits of the sea.

Dragon heads on the bow of the viking ships were supposed to protect against the evil spirits of the sea. Whatever, it's art.

forged-by-fantasy:  Ragnar Lothbrok is a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now he is an earl and with more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable. Ragnar feels a deep affinity for the Norse god Odin. This powerful deity is the god of warriors slain in battle and is also the god of curiosity.

forged-by-fantasy: Ragnar Lothbrok is a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and cl.

Floki is gifted craftsman whose designs for new, faster longships make Ragnar Lothbrok's desire to sail to the west possible. Floki is a good friend to Ragnar and also an eccentric and incorrigible trickster. He frequently entertains his friends with his antics, but he is also a devoted follower of the will of the gods, even considering offering himself up for sacrifice at one point.

Floki, 'Vikings' TV series I love that every photo of Floki/Gustaf is soo freakin good. Like you cant take a bad shot of him. Must be a family heritage. Just sayin.

Lagertha - played by Katheryn Winnick (actually she is Ukrainian)

The HISTORY original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore--and raid--the distant shores across the ocean.

Lagertha (played by Katheryn Winnick) is a shieldmaiden, Ragnar Lodbrok first wife and mother to his heir in the History channel's historical drama series Vikings. Historically there is evidence that women warriors fought along side their men.

Lagertha (played by Katheryn Winnick) is a shieldmaiden, Ragnar Lodbrok's first wife and mother to his heir in the History Channel historical drama series Vikings. Historically there is evidence that women warriors fought along side their men.

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).

Björn Ironside was a Viking raiding France in the 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

vikings-shieldmaiden:  Lagertha's career as a warrior began when Frø, king of Sweden, invaded Norway and killed the Norwegian king Siward. F...

vikings-shieldmaiden: “ Lagertha's career as a warrior began when Frø, king of Sweden, invaded Norway and killed the Norwegian king Siward. Frø put the women of the dead king's family into a brothel.

Vikings - Lagertha is a women you don't reckon with. Love a strong female character.  Love, love, love. Hopefully she doesn't turn all soft for the next season.

Vikings - Lagertha is a women you don't reckon with. Love a strong female character. Hopefully she doesn't turn all soft for the next season. Apparently, viking women were revered! and were WARRIORS!

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