The TV Series Vikings: Encorporation of Norse Mythology

Fredrik Kayser

WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEASON TWO OF VIKINGS THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!!

That a large number of books, TV series and shows has drawn inspiration from Norse mythology does perhaps not come as a surprise.  Ranging from Tolkien’s blatant copying of Character names (read, the dwarves in particular) to names of the week being derived from the names of the Norse gods, with the exception of  Saturnday/Lördag –
Måne, Týr, Odin (spelling: woden/wotan), Tor, Frej/Frejya, Sol (meaing sun as in Sunday) – there has been many more contemporary and quite liberal interpretations and incorporations of Norse mythology. Yeah, I’m looking at you Marvel.

What the series Vikings has done is include the mythology in a subtle but therefore also powerful manner. We have Ragnar’s visions as Odin brings him omens that spring him into action, we have Auslug’s profetic gift, and many more less immediate incorporations that aren’t always noticeable unless…

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