|Vikings poster for Season 2 (History Channel)|
I'm a big fan of the History Channel's Vikings, which is currently in its second season, and has already been renewed for the 3rd season.
Vikings does a beautiful job of setting up dark, moody atmosphere in each episode. The morality and the choices of these Vikings are often teetering on the edge of good and evil, only its not seen as good and evil but a fact of life. They live by different rules and they die by different rules. The ruthlessness of vikings is well documented, but this is how they survived, how they conquered and how they lived.
The show also does a formidable job of bringing strong women to the forefront of the story, whether the shield-maiden (warrior) Lagertha, the first wife of the powerful Ragnar Lothbrook (the main character of the show), or princess Aslaug, Ragnar's second wife, whose strength lies in her maternal instincts and character.
|Lathgertha by Morris Meredith Williams, 1913|
In the Vikings TV show, Lagertha is played (superbly, I might add) by Katheryn Winnick.
Do you enjoy Viking history? Do you watch The Vikings on History Channel? How do you like it?