Vikings (History Channel) Episode 7 “A King’s Ransom” – Three Viking ships sail upriver towards the very heart of power in eastern England: the Royal Villa of King Aelle. Ragnar Lothbrok has come looking for ransom in exchange for peace. However, King Aelle has a different plan in mind for these northern heathens.

(via Vikings (History Channel) Episode 7 “A King’s Ransom” | TV Equals)

Vikings: The Real Vikings (by historychannel)

The Takeaway:

  • The Vikings raped and pillaged with a sense of morality.
  • They respected women (in their full-blooded, rapey sort of way).
  • They left their DNA all over the world (but they must have mopped up afterward, because they were preoccupied with being clean and, of course, with presentation).

Which is not to say that I don’t love the show! I do. But in real life, I might not have enjoyed a chance viking encounter, holding as I do to a somewhat higher standard of respect for women).

(via Viking Shield Maidens Video – Vikings – history.com)

I want to be a viking woman: kickass and girly! But I have mixed feelings about the numbers. The hot warrior-to-shield maiden ratio is like 100:1. For Saturday nights in the thatched roof village pubs, it could be kind of awesome (provided the warriors remember to be proper gentlemen); but for everything else, the women seem a bit underrepresented.

When Bad Guys Are Hot

(Yes, I know Rollo is a very bad man with the moral compass of a shark and the brain of a lemming, but the actor is handsome.)

(via Rollo — Vikings Cast — History.com)