All about the Vikings Series!
An in-depth look at Vikings, which includes their culture, intelligence, worship of Gods and their propensity for violence, from acclaimed writer/producer Michael Hirst.
The VIKINGS follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sages of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendent of Odin, the god of war and warriors.
The Vikings series are featuring two Nordic actors. Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki who is a genius ship builder. He designs and builds the prototype of the new generation Viking ships which can sail across the open ocean but also up the shallowest of rivers. Without Floki, Ragnar would have never been able to fulfill his dreams of discovering new lands and new civilizations. A close and loyal friend of Ragnar’s, Floki is an entertaining yet dangerous jester.
Thorbjørn Harr as Jarl Borg. He is the cunning and devious leader of Gotaland (modern day Sweden) who is involved in a land dispute with King Horik. Borg refuses to cede any of his land to King Horik, whom he considers to be a foreign king with no claim to anything. When Ragnar associates with King Horik, Jarl Borg manipulates Rollo, using his insecurities against his brother to his advantage and acquires him as a partner.
The Vikings was filmed in Ireland: Ballyhenry Studios, Ashford, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland…
Viking heritage runs deep in Ireland, as a visit to Waterford, Kilkenny or Wexford testifies Better still, why not include all three on a driving tour of the "Sunny South East?" Vikings made their mark in Ireland, no doubt about that. Bearing down on an unsuspecting Ireland from Scandinavia, hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century. They looted Ireland's monasteries, battled its kings and made off not just with priceless treasures and religious artefacts, but with Irish people as slaves. In the wall of the Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh lie the bones of Irish hero Brian Boru, who vanquished the Vikings and liberated Ireland at the historic Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Discover more about Ireland and its Viking past.