[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]
It’s San Diego Comic-Con weekend! Who’s excited? I know I am. Even though it usually my busiest time of year in regard to work. Tomorrow morning I will be up at 5 a.m. (Australian time) in order to get the scoop on when Season 5 of Vikings
starts. I also hope to see History Channel recreate a Viking funeral procession and burial in honour of all those characters we lost in Season 4 of Vikings
although this may be hard considering I won’t physically be at Comic-Con.
However, if you are at San Diego Comic-Con tomorrow, all the deets for the Vikings events are below.
HISTORY’s “VIKINGS” PANEL – Friday, July 21 from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Room 6BCF (2,000 capacity)
Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”), Alexander Ludwig (“Bjorn”), Alex Høgh Andersen (“Ivar the Boneless”) and Michael Hirst (creator/writer) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of season five. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store! Cast subject to change.
VIKINGS FUNERAL – Friday, July 21 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South
A one-day event to honor Ragnar Lothbrok and other beloved characters who have recently risen to Valhalla. The Vikings funeral will begin with a procession throughout the Gaslamp Quarter in the early afternoon from noon – 5:45 p.m. The funeral will conclude with a waterfront ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. featuring a floating 45-foot replica Viking long-ship with pyrotechnic display. Cast will be in attendance. Ceremony will be held behind the Convention Center at Embarcadero Marina Park South (200 Marina Park Way).
The popular “Vikings” drinking horn program returns, giving thousands of horn-shaped beer vessels to eager and thirsty fans. Select bars will offer special drink discounts for horn holders. Please follow @HistoryVikings for a complete list of participating locations. The horns will be made available to fans who attend the Vikings funeral event on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
VIKINGS “WARRIOR’S ALLEGIANCE” CONVENTION CENTER BOOTH – July 19-23 – Booth #4215
A new generation of warriors is rising in the Vikings world and fans have the opportunity to be immersed in it by showing off their swordplay in a video booth. Fans will get into character by selecting their weapon of choice and garbing themselves in Viking gear. A time-slice camera array will capture footage of each fan demonstrating their best battle moves with Ragnar’s sons – Bjorn, Ivar the Boneless, Ubbe and Hvitserk. Video will be available to share on social platforms.
Also available to fans while supplies last is a custom “Vikings” limited edition comic book from a story created by Michael Hirst, exclusively for SDCC.
[Image via History Channel]
For those of you who are wondering if the procession at Comic-Con tomorrow is a real representation of a traditional Viking funeral, I can safely say that, yes, Vikings were sometimes put in a longship, set fire to, and then cast out to sea. The event was very rare though, and was usually only reserved for those Vikings of considerable importance or notoriety.
If you want to find out more about how the Vikings were buried, you can check out this recent article I did for The Inquisitr.
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Now, for those of you who are wondering about how my upcoming book, Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar, is coming along, I have some exciting news for you!
The manuscript has been handed on over to my wonderful editor and I am tentatively waiting for what she has to say about it. Hopefully, it is all wonderful things. But, regardless, she is awesome at her job, so even if she is critical, it will only mean a better product for you all at the end.
So, what about a publication date for Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar? Potentially, that news could be announced as early as next week!
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Along with all this exciting news, I can also officially announce that the next book in this series will be based on Aslaug, another one of Ragnar’s wives. With History Channel’s interpretation of Aslaug, many fans of Vikings found her unlikable. However, I can safely say, her sagas are awesome. For example, did you know she was hidden inside a harp and then raised by a horrible couple who wouldn’t let her wash just in case her beauty shone through. She also had a potentially questionable relationship with one of Ragnar’s son’s to another of his wives, Thora. As you can see, research has begun in earnest now that the first book is in the hands of my editor.
Finally, if you want some exclusive excerpts from Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar, make sure you check out my Twitter feed for the exclusive snippets, using the hashtag #LagsAndRags (SPOILER ALERT: The first excerpt is already live.)