#Manspiration Blog Hop And Giveaway: How Ragnar Helped Shape Lagertha’s Story

#Manspiration Blog Hop Vikings The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar

So, who needs some manspiration? How about some free historical romance novels? Well, you have come to the right place for both!

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.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

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.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Ragnar Lothbrok, Travis Fimmel, Lagertha, Katheryn Winnick. Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

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.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Ragnar Lothbrok played by Travis Fimmel, Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

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.

So, who is your manspiration? Let me know by commenting below!

All comments will be entered into the draw to win eCopies of the following books. Entries close in two weeks and a winner drawn on October 24. Good luck! 🙂

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If you want to find out who the next manspiration is in this blog hop, you need to head on over to Ellie St. Clair‘s website now.


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#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Lagertha, Katheryn Winnick, Ragnar Lothbrok, Travis Fimmel, The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

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16 Responses to #Manspiration Blog Hop And Giveaway: How Ragnar Helped Shape Lagertha’s Story

  1. Barbara D. says:

    Ragnar is a bit scary for me.. Thor is gorgeous and tough on the outside but has gentleness in his heart.

  2. Lori Dykes says:

    Tagnor definitely was a tough man. A very strong personality. But I would have to say that in mythical heroes it would have to be Robin Hood or Thor. Different timeframes but each on different levels.

  3. Karen Markuson says:

    I watch “Vikings” and was sad when they killed off Ragnar’s character. My ‘manspiration’ is Jason Momoa. I loved the way he portrayed Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones.

  4. Ami says:

    This is an interesting post! For some reason, today, I’m stuck on Henry Cavill in The Tudors. Not my normal “type” but I fell for the character.

  5. Ros says:

    i loved Vikings and felt Ragnar was portrayed as a real man with everyday feelings.

  6. Geraldine Ofoluwa says:

    I would say Jason Momoa did it for me as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. His portrayal of the character was great

  7. I don’t watch tv any more .

  8. My husband watches The Vikings but I have not–maybe I should.

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