(Insert your favorite quote)
Like so many others, a farm boy had his head in the stars and wanted nothing more than to leave home. And boy did he get his wish.
Luke Skywalker – in search of who he is meant to be.
Princess Leia Organa – in search of freedom for her world and many others.
Han Solo – in search of the next score that will save his neck.
Darth Vader – in search of insuring the domination of the Dark Side.
I saw the first movie in the theatres when I was four. I dare to say it was my first fandom.
The images, the characters, the music are embedded in the minds and psyche of millions of people.
It is a shared experience and language. It is a home.
“Odin gave his eye to aquire knowledge. I would give far more.”
“The gods will always smile on brave women.”
“It is one thing to use a weapon, but another to kill.”
Once, near Kattegat, there was a farmer. Ragnar Lothbrok. He lived with his family, and would go on the summer raids for the earl. But he was tired of raiding the same lands again and again to the East. He longed to go West. And he did. And gained more adventure than he wished.
Ragnar Lothbrok – A farmer with a dream of what lies West.
Lagertha – Shieldmaiden and Ragnar’s wife. Her skill on the battlefield is second to her love for her family.
Rollo – Ragnar’s brother. He loves his brother even as he fights his jealously of him.
Floki – Shipbuilder and Ragnar’s friend. His skill will help gain Ragnar the West.
Athelstan – A monk taken on the first raid. He will teach Ragnar, and gain his trust as few will.
The Northmen are making themselves known to the world beyond their lands. And they will change everything.
Ah, Vikings. I do love this show. As great as the action is, it is second to the acting.
One great thing is the use of Old Norse and Old English. The language barrier is shown and subtitles are a part of the watching experience.
One of the best things is hearing my gods spoken of as part of the characters’ lives. To have Odin shown walking through a battlefield. And the ghost hands of Valkyries carrying off a warrior to Valhalla.
Watch the show. Enjoy the storytelling. Join the raid.