Ivar the Boneless and the Great Heathen Army

Ivar the Boneless was one of the leaders of the Great Heathen Army that invaded the lands now known as England. In Old Norse, he is known as Ívarr hinn Beinlausi and in Old English as Hyngwar. Ivar the Boneless was the son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug. He and his half brothers, Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba, had all grown up and set out to prove themselves as equals to their father. The half brothers raided and made wars far and wide. They conquered such places as Zealand, Reidgotaland (Jutland),…

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The Story of Ragnar Lothbrok

Ragnar Lothbrok, the Legendary Hero, Viking King, Lady’s man, and scourge of England and France. It is well known about Vikings attacking England, Scotland, and Ireland, but little is told about how much mainland Europe was raided. It was during this time, which was during the reign of Louis the Pious, the King of the Franks, the Vikings were also carrying out raids on Frankish areas primarily in the summer and then wintering in Scandinavia. It wasn’t long until several coastal areas had become lost to the Norse invaders as Vikings…

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Thora Town-Hart, Ragnar Lothbrok’s forgotten wife.

Thora Town-Hart was the daughter of Herrauðr, a legendary Jarl (Earl) of Götaland. She was married to Ragnar Loðbrók (Lothbrok) and the reason he is called “Loðbrók.” The historical fiction “History Channel” series, The Vikings, omitted her from their storyline.  The Vikings Series is a great show, but let’s not forget, the series is a historical fiction. Historical fiction is defined as movies and novels in which a story is made up but is set in the past and sometimes borrows true characteristics of the time period in which it is set. A novel that makes…

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