Jonathan Hession, History ChannelRagnar, played by Travis Fimmel, center, leads his team of Vikings to the History Channel.
Many Minnesotans can recite exactly how many yards Adrian Peterson gathered last season, how many interceptions Christian Ponder threw and how many Big Macs Jared Allen can pound down in one sitting. But when it comes to talking about the original Vikings, a hard-scrambling squad that took the field around 793 A.D., even die-hard fans are bound to fumble the facts.
The History Channel, which traded away the Emmy-winning “The Kennedys” before scoring last year with “Hatfields & McCoys, ” is betting big that viewers are ready for a proper education. Starting Sunday, the network is investing nine hours and a reported $40 million on “Vikings, ” the first pop-culture effort to debunk the notion that the medieval Norsemen who invaded Europe and visited America a half-millennium before Christopher Columbus were little more than drunken barbarians who raped and pillaged their way into history.
“The popular cliché is almost completely wrong, ” said “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst, whose credits include writing the feature film “Elizabeth” and the Showtime series “The Tudors.”
Not that the Vikings could be mistaken for pacifists.
Ragnar, whose real-life exploits as an explorer who dared to go west to England is at the heart of this series, is introduced to audiences as a blood-soaked warrior, vanquishing four foes in the North Baltic, then watching as ravens peck at their carcasses. His idea of a romantic line to his wife: “Last night I dreamed you fed me blood pudding, which means you’ve given me your heart.” Cue violins.
Most of his fellow Scandinavians look like they could use a shopping spree at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Their idea of negotiating with the enemy is letting the poor souls decide whether they want to die with an ax to the head or the chest.
But Hirst and his team went to great lengths to present three-dimensional Vikings, ones who were devoted to their gods, families, shipbuilding and even a primitive form of democracy. In one courtroom scene, a murderer is sentenced to death — but not before the attendees raise their hands in unanimous agreement on his guilt.How to stop your nose from running? what are surfactants How many calories in beef tips and noodles what are braxton hicks Tips on how to color an elephant digital art Tips when eating out my girlfriend what does the name george mean what does hasta luego mean How to increase bench press How to calculate ovulation? what does dmx mean what does cpe stand for what companies are in the dow jones Metalsmithing how to make boot tips How to delete a review on google what is wlw mean What is the best skate board width , lengh and weight for tricks and professional use what does a heart look like How to put on airpod tips How to cook sunny side up eggs How to create nfts How to make tips of hair straight without heat what does tweaking mean How long does it take for hemorrhoids to go away? How to do dollar bill magic tricks what does it mean when a stock is overweight what does hippa mean How to make google docs dark mode Tips on how to nap Helpful tips which improve the ease of reading and writing style of your message. Getaway planning tips how your How to teach a dog tricks easy How to eat crawfish? what does separation of powers mean What is tricks hobby gate in sims freeplay what is apartheid mean what does it mean when your ears start ringing How to track my passport How do i restore my computer to an earlier date windows 10 what does the central nervous system do How to go live on tik tok? How to play black magic What are blue tips bullets Home safety tips for seniors who live alone what does weaning mean How to preserve avocado? what does moulin rouge mean what does le mean How to close apps on iphone 12? How should double flange ear tips feel How to cook corned beef? Tips for setting hands when hitting baseball How to download youtube videos? What penguins players had hat tricks this year what does ratify mean How long does booster take to work what does lvi stand for super bowl How to make a shipping label? what does indie mean How to type degree symbol? what sole proprietorship mean How long does it take for mirena to stop periods? what does receba mean How to simplify radical expressions? How to make ps4 downlaod faster tricks what does bellicose mean what does smoking do to your lungs How to start a business without money? what does mis mean Shipt see who tips what does the 13 stripes on the american flag represent How to do yoyo tricks with you what time does stranger things come out central time Why are the tips of my dracaena turning brown Why does my ponytail palm has brown tips How are rope tricks done what are tennis courts made of what does loan underwriting mean How to make chicken alfredo How to turn a man out sexually tricks what is 5150 mean what does rdm mean What are some good tips when transferring balances over 5000 How to make oatmeal taste good? what does vodka taste like How to sign into icloud? How long to walk 5 miles How to get a cashier's check? Which character in new tricks was sheila hancock what does vanguard mean what are adenoids what time does bridgerton come on netflix what does amid mean what does rate limited mean what does p.e.t.a mean How to make primordial soup in little alchemy 2? what does imperial mean what does it mean when you see 555 what time does euphoria start