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Ragnar Lothbrok: Viking Legendary Hero and Myth

Ragnar Lothbrok: Viking Legendary Hero and Myth

With the success of the modern adaptation of both the Viking Age and Norse mythology, the popularity of Viking heroes has been gaining more and more popularity. Among them is the man, Ragnarok Lothbrok, who was a legendary hero of the Vikings. The historical existence of Ragnar Lothbrok, however, is a debate that has yielded no suitable answer. Like famous figures like King Arthur, Ragnar Lothbrok was the legendary hero that the scholars believe was the combination of many Viking heroes. And the tales of Ragnar were from pieces of the Viking sagas.

The Raider from the Ancient Chapters

There is a theory saying that the gods or demigods we know in this day and age were actually the human. The stories about them were passed down from generations. Between people transmitted it orally, there might have been the change in the tales. The legends were so great that people told as if they were actually gods. The scholars believe that this did happen to the materials we have about Ragnar.

A group of historians, on the other hand, agree that Ragnar Lothbrok did exist historically. According to them, Ragnar was the first Scandinavian leader who invaded Britain. People often saw him in the battle in Viking sagas and tales. There, he was so great that he became the mythical figure.

Character Ragnar Lothbrok in TV Series "Vikings"
Character Ragnar Lothbrok in TV Series “Vikings”

Ragnar seemed to have a large number of names. “Lothbrok” was not his surname. Rather, it was his nickname and it meant “hairy breech”. Sometimes, people wrote his name as Regner or Regnar, his nickname as Lodbrok or Lodbrog. The king who unified Denmark and Sweden was Ragnar Sigurdsson.

Life and Exploits

The Anglian kingdoms of Northumbria, Wessex, Kingdom of West Francia, and Paris were the names that Ragnar Lothbrok allegedly looted.

Also, some accounts pointed that he married three times in his life. His first wife was Lagertha the legendary famous Viking shieldmaiden, the noble woman Thóra Borgarhjortr, and Auslaug the Princess.

The historical existence of Ragnar could be attested to by the historical figures as his sons. Their names were Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Sigurd Snake in the Eye, and Ubba. All of them were great warriors according to the Viking history. Ubba was one of the commanders of the Viking Great Army that invaded Anglo-Saxon England in the 860s.

The death of Ragnar Lothbrok in the illustration
The death of Ragnar Lothbrok

After the legendary death of Ragnar under the hand of King Aella of Northumbria, Ragnar’s sons sought revenge for their father.

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