Vikings season 6: Major problem with Ragnar and rest of the Vikings speech exposed

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Some of the most eagle-eyed viewers and experts have found quite a few problems and mistakes with Vikings. From over stylised clothes and houses which are too elaborate for the time, the real-life Ragnar (played by Travis Fimmel) and his children were living quite a different life outside of the show. 

In particular though, the language the show uses has been flagged as the major inaccuracy. 

Of course, the show had to have its actors speak English rather than the Old Norse the characters would have been speaking in real-life. 

But even then, some things the Vikings said wouldn’t have featured in their vocabulary, starting from calling themselves Vikings. 

In Old Norse, a ‘víkingr’ is a person travelling for adventure, while ‘víking’ was a verb that referred to the activity of travelling.

However, the term ‘Viking’ in reference to the past inhabitants of  Scandinavia was only revived in the late 19th century to refer to the sea-faring Norse people.

The origin and use of the work is widely debated in academic fields too as well as in fiction.

But it could just be that the TV show decided to use it for clarity as it is widely used and understood. 

The words used by the Vikings’ to talk about their neighbouring countries are also not the most accurate. 

In season six, Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) plans to head to Russia, and the country is mentioned several times by other characters throughout the show. 

However, Russia didn’t exist in the eighth century when the show is set. 

Originally, the term Rus, which is a Greek word, referred to the people and regions of the Kievan Rus and Russia’s modern name was only coined in the 15th century. 

The Old Norse word for the region which the show was referring to would be Garðaríki.

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Similarly, the show makes many references to England and the British isles but back then, no-one would have called them that. 

The land known as Brittania, which literally means ‘land of the Britons’, was known as Anglia according to late tenth century texts. 

Most importantly, Britain wasn’t a unified country at all in the Vikings’ times. 

In the fifth and sixth centuries, it was the Anglo-Saxons who lived on the British Isles and the countries of England, Scotland and Wales emerged from boundaries traced during Roman Britain. 

Some of the most iconic scenes in the show were certainly the battle scenes, but fans will be sad to know that a few of these also contained one or two errors. 

Norse men were believed to work in well-organised, stealthy attacks and not full-blown rampages as shown on the show.

The Vikings usually relied on planned raids to ambush the enemies and were not the out-and-out warmongers who were big on pitched battles the shows depicts. 

Viking is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.

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