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[GUEST POST] Jevon Knights Gives Us 5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

jevonknightsJevon Knights is a sci-fi/fantasy writer and blogger who wants to entertain with amazing stories and enlighten with great content. He posts science fiction fantasy topics on his blog, Knights Writes,and invites you to download his collection of short stories “the Knights Scroll” for free.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch History Channel’s Vikings Series

by Jevon Knights

Every time I tell a friend about History Channel’s Vikings series, I get the same negative response, and it’s strange because everyone loves Game of Thrones, a fantasy based on the medieval period of a world that doesn’t exist, but hesitate about watching another fantasy based on the same medieval period of a world that does exist.

Then I remember the reason for their reluctance. History Channel isn’t known for creating fiction with great stories. They create documentaries and reality shows. But you’d be wrong if you thought the writers had no idea what they were doing.

Why?

Besides an awesome intro, here are 5 reasons why you should be watching History Channel’s Vikings series.
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Action-Packed Story

I look for action in everything, whether it’s books, games, movies, and tv series.

There’s no shortage of that here. Vikings is crammed with so much axe swinging, blood spilling, testosterone building action that you’ll start growing a beard as awesome as Ragnar’s.

But don’t think that’s all this series is about. The story of Ragnar proving to the other Vikings that it’s possible to navigate the open sea and raid Western Europe, rising to become chief of his village, and gaining the trust and betrayal of kings is gripping.

Yes, these people are wicked savages, but you’ll strangely find yourself rooting for them by the end of season 1.

Viking Culture

Die well without fear and you will atone for your sins.

It’s ok to be a liar, but never a coward!

A great story can make or break a series, but a great story with culture can really push it to excellence. And when it comes to culture, Vikings does not disappoint.

From Viking politics, and rituals of becoming a man, to religious celebrations, and even the judiciary system, you will feel like you actually lived among these brutal warriors.

I have no idea how accurate it all is, but being created by the History Channel guarantees that great research was done during production.

This series is filled to capacity with so many interesting phrases and beliefs that you will remember them well after an episode is complete.

Norse Mythology

Thor, Odin, Valhalla, and Yggdrasil. These are just samples of the myths you’ll come to understand from this series.

The Viking culture revolves around Norse Mythology, and at no point will you forget the reason why these guys live and fight. I love how the characters interpret nature through their gods, and see mystical creatures in the sky and the trees.

At times the narrative really gets detailed as they explain to their children or outsiders amazing events of the past that resulted in the taming of the sea or even the creation of the world.

If you love mythology of different cultures then sit back and enjoy what Vikings has to offer.

Great Characters

The main character is Ragnar, a strong minded, driven, innovative Viking. Then there’s his wife Lagertha, a shieldmaiden who’s as great a warrior as any other, and his misunderstood brother Rollo, a beast of a fighter.

And yes, these characters are very real legends in Norse Methology.

Other interesting characters include Floki, who is somewhat of an outcast but brilliant in his own way. Jarl Borg, one of Ragnar’s enemies who walks around with his dead wife’s skull, questioning it for advice. And Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia, an energetic woman with a ravenous sexual appetite.

And then there’s the strangest of them all: the village seer. Garbed in old robes, a wrinkled face with no eyes, and accepting a lick of his hand as payment for predicting your future, this guy is just all-round creepy.

With such a wide variety of characters, you’ll enjoy seeing how they steer the course of history.

Natural Settings

I love shows with lots of natural settings, and Vikings does not disappoint.

There are rows of rugged mountains, great forests, vast canyons, and expansive lakes. The very hometown of Kattegat is located in a wide bay, and all these locations are very real. You wouldn’t find them in some Hollywood studio.

In addition to natural wonders, you’ll be touring ancient structures like Hasting castle, and even the city of France from centuries ago. Because it’s History channel, great time and research has went into ensuring these places are historically accurate.

If you love nature, and you love medieval times, then you’ll be obsessed with these settings.

So, by now I know you’re interested in this show. Season 5 will be around soon so if you’ve never watched it, you’ve got some catching up to do.

But it’s not too late.

What do you think? Are you ready to start watching? Let me know in the comments.

4 Comments on [GUEST POST] Jevon Knights Gives Us 5 Reasons Why Fantasy Readers Should Watch History Channel’s VIKINGS

  1. Hey, Jevon. We get “Vikings” here, but there must have been something else I was watching at the same time. I don’t have a way of recording other shows, so missed it. Usually what we get here are the reruns. If it comes on again, I may watch it. Maybe some day I can get recordings of it, but not in India. They have a mail service in the U.S. if I go back there some day.

  2. Hi Suzanne. Sorry you missed it.

    Sometimes History Channel does a marathon of the series so hopefully they will do that before season 4 comes out next year and you can check it out.

  3. Consider me convinced. I heard of the History Channel’s VIKINGS series, but after reading this I’m going to see that I watch it. Sounds both inspiring and all-around entertaining!

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