The Vikings Are Coming

Thorsdays Bite

looking forward to season two

I’m stoked! Last year I got hooked on the History Channel’s new show, Vikings. It was full of drama and history, and lovely tattooed men. The seeds of paranormal romance all wrapped into one delicious show. This year they are off to a fantastic start with a brand new video commercial that brought to life the images and mystery of the Norse culture. I posted it below the amazing infographic of Gods and Mythology from the History Channel website and even though it’s a little sparse, you can get the gist of the Norse Gods. For better information at a glance I suggest children’s books on mythology. They give you the tales that really fill you in on the culture.

If you are a huge fan of the show, like me, or even if you aren’t, I suggest you go explore their website. They’ve done a great job integrating the drama of the show and history. You can see clips from last year and catch up on the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok or you can check out a facial reconstruction of a Viking woman, check out ten things you might not know about Vikings, or check out a Viking burial.

vikings infographic

A collaboration between History.com and Column Five

I love the symbolism in the commercial they chose for this year. It is amazing, and I wish they had gone into detail on the site about what influenced their choices for each character. Makes me want to get to writing that Norse fantasy series I’ve had buzzing around in my head all year.

I used to watch the history channel all the time when they had documentaries on Egyptian tombs or digs. I’m lucky I happened to stumble across Vikings mid-season last year, because, not being a reality tv person (with one exception I’ll blog on next week) I had given up on quality programming on the channel. But this show is quality programming! Do you watch the history channel? Are you as excited as I am to see something besides reality tv on it?

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12 responses to “The Vikings Are Coming

  1. Interesting post, Jessica. Not sure about the Vikings but I’ll give it a look.

  2. Oh, wow. How did I miss this show? Gotta love Netflix. And DVD.

  3. Nice, Jessica! Looks like something I could get into. I recently started watching Once Upon A Time on Netflix, well, I started and finished the first two seasons. I was totally hooked on the magic and fairy tale aspect. I thought of your stories more than once.
    It’s been a long time since I watched a TV series. I’d forgotten how inspirational they can be. Yes to Viking story ideas!

    • I love Once Upon a Time, and Grimm, but I’m not a big fan of Once upon a Time in Wonderland. It felt like they tried to copy the blending of the worlds, but were not successful. I don’t think I connected with the heroine at all. In Once Upon a Time, the heroine is very complex, and they started off with a great conflict for her. They also made the evil queen someone you could sympathize with, and Mr. Gold. But in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Jafar is just a boring evil guy, and Alice hard to connect with. Too bad!

      But the Vikings, now. Ragnar is definitely complex, and gritty. I love that!

  4. Man oh man, I so don’t need another great show on my dvr… 😉

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