VIKINGS has already delivered a thrilling first half of its final season. With the series wrapping up by the end of the year, fans have been looking back at the historical epic's highs and lows.

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Written by Michael Hirst, Vikings explores the semi-mythic tales of legendary warriors. The History series will fill the gap left by Game of Thrones when the final episodes air, but much of its historical accuracy has been debated.

Primarily set in the fictional realm of Kattegat, the series chronicles the life and dynasty of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking king who was probably a real warrior who lived during the age of Vikings.

Ragnar was eventually killed by King Aelle (Ivan Blakeley Kaye) when he was thrown into a pit of deadly snakes, but his rule over Kattegat was succeeded by his son, Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig).

Additionally, the series has gradually introduced the very real spread of Christianity throughout the world and how the religion impacted Scandinavia.

The rise of Christianity throughout the Western world led to much bloodshed, but some viewers have taken issue with how this religious conflict is represented on Vikings.

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Clive Standen as Rollo

Vikings plot hole: Glaring Floki and Rollo inaccuracy exposed (Image: History)

Clive Standen as Rollo

Vikings plot hole: Rollo gets baptised to appease King Aelle (Image: History)

One history buff has written an extensive blog detailing all the ways the History series has differed from what textbooks tell us actually happened.

They said: “Another thing that’s pretty strange … Floki is angry with Rollo for turning his back on the gods. But that's not really how Vikings saw the gods.”

Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen) was baptised in the season one episode A King's Ransom under the orders of King Aelle, much to the chagrin of boat builder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård).

 Although Rollo doesn’t exactly take the ceremony seriously, Floki takes his baptism as a grave insult to the Norse gods.

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Gustaf Skarsgard as Floki

Vikings plot hole: Floki thought Rollo was betraying his gods (Image: History)

Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn

Vikings plot hole: The series currently follows Bjorn's rule as King of Kattegat (Image: History)

The Vikings, much like the Ancient Romans and Greeks, followed a polytheistic creed, meaning there are multiple gods representing different aspects of human life.

Rollo was previously dedicated to his old gods, most notably the deity of thunder and lightning Thor, but most Vikings lived harmoniously alongside the increasing number of Christians.

The blogger continued: “Christianization of Scandinavia went fairly smoothly (until you got the more bloodthirsty converters on the thrones) because they were pretty tolerant of their Christian neighbors.”

Of course there are fanatics in every religion, but as far as Vikings go their violent conflicts were mainly fought for land and power rather than over disagreements over spiritual matters.

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They clarified that Christian travellers were horrified by the sacrifices of Uppsala every nine years which they were made to take part in, but as long as they didn’t preach their doctrine too forcefully they were perfectly welcome amongst the Vikings.

They added: “Rollo being Christian shouldn't have bothered anyone else, and there are people who say that some of the Christian kings and warriors still earned their place in Valhalla, such as Eric Bloodaxe.”

As long as Viking warriors lived a glorious life and stayed loyal to their fellow brothers on the fields of battle there shouldn’t have been any issue with Rollo taking part in a Christian ceremony.

The blog also points out how Rollo’s name is a major error in and of itself, with many characters’ Scandinavian names being switched out for an Anglicised approximation for the series.


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    They said: “Firstly, Rollo's birth name was Hrolfr, and Rollo was the Christian name that he took after baptism. I don't quite understand why the History Channel had to switch the two.”

    Hrolfr certainly looks like a mouthful on paper, but alongside names like Lagertha, Gyda, Siggy and Floki it feels more appropriate and fans would have surely picked up on the pronunciation once characters began saying it in the show.

    Fans should take care to note these historical errors prove Vikings may be a thrilling drama series, but its depiction of real events and people isn’t going to help anyone pass their history exams.

    Vikings season 6 is streaming on Amazon Prime now.

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