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When I started my research about the Viking figure, Lagertha, there was one other Viking who always stood out in her story: Ragnar. You cannot tell the story of Lagertha without also telling a great portion of Ragnar’s story as well.
As a result of this, Ragnar Lothbrok from History Channel’s Vikings inadvertently became my manspiration for Lagertha’s story.
Ragnar, played by Aussie actor, Travis Fimmel, is inspiration enough, thanks to his wonderful portrayal of Ragnar in the History Channel series. His performance manages to make the audience fall in love with a leader of a culture that was previously considered nothing more than a bunch of bloodthirsty thugs.But, there is more to the character than just what is portrayed in Vikings. The historical character of Ragnar Lodbrok (or Ragnar Sigurdsson) made women fall in love with him — and managed to keep their affection, even after their relationships ended.
Lagertha fell for his charms not long after he rescued her from a life of prostitution. She didn’t fall without a fight, however. She placed dangerous beasts outside her house and Ragnar had to fight his way through. When he was successful in this task, they married.
For many years, the pair were happy. Later on, though, Ragnar divorced Lagertha and began his pursuit of Thora.
Then, when Ragnar needed help in a battle, even though he had divorced her, Lagertha still supported him thanks to her unrequited love.But, this is not the first time Ragnar has had a profound effect on one of his wives. When he married Aslaug, she loved him so much, she commissioned a magical shirt for him to wear. And, it almost saved his life from King Aelle and his snake pit. If Aelle hadn’t requested the removal of the shirt, Ragnar would have likely lived to fight another day — well, according to the Viking sagas, anyway.
Ragnar, in the sagas, was a character that managed to always rally people to his side, whether it be women or leaders. In fact, when Ragnar was made king at a very early age, people were already turning to him for his sage advice.And, it was this aspect that I saw in Travis Fimmel’s portrayal of Ragnar, in the relationships with those around him, that I found true inspiration in regard to this character. Because, let’s face it, in the sagas Ragnar could be considered a womaniser, and his character had to be brought to light in my book in a fashion akin to the way Travis Fimmel bought Ragnar to life in History Channel’s Vikings.
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