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Old 5 May 2017, 13:02
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Looks like Season Two is out on NetFlix
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Old 5 May 2017, 19:34
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Looks like Season Two is out on NetFlix
Good call, thanks. I had to watch the final two episodes of S1 so that I'd remember where it left off. Forgot how much I enjoyed the first season. Getting ready to open S2.
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Old 5 May 2017, 19:37
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A major issue in Vikings is the "necessity" of a translator between the Danes and those occupying Angle-land in the 9th century. While there were distinct dialects on the island, the difference between Danish (at that time) and, say, West Saxon, was about like that of Spanish and Portuguese today, or even Danish and German today. Conversations would not require a translator, but treaties and legal issues would. Reading would require a translator, as Scandinavians used runes instead of letters at this time in history.
I missed the post last season. Great info as always LR!
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Old 6 May 2017, 23:34
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I am 4 episodes in and every single episode is very well done. This show rivals Vikings, although different. It does a superb job of creating bonds between the characters and when alliances change it's believable. I liked S1 and S2 so far is excellent!
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Glad I saw this thread. I watched the first 3 episodes last night and was not disappointed. It seems they stepped their game up from the first season. I am looking forward to the rest of the second season.
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Old 10 May 2017, 16:50
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S2 was worth watching because each episode was packed full of intrigue and suspense. What an incredible 6 episode series.
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Old 11 May 2017, 09:48
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And the piggyback scabbard for a long battle sword is the equivalent of horns on helmets. It may look cool, but it is as impractical as "going commando" in a rugby match...
Longrifle, you never fail to impress with your knowledge but is the rugby reference from personal experience? 🤔
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Old 11 May 2017, 22:48
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...is the rugby reference from personal experience? 🤔
Soccer is my game. As they say, "Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen. Soccer is a gentleman's game played by beasts."

Gentlemen would never go commando...
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Old 12 May 2017, 08:05
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Watched the first two episodes...better than average. Wondering how accurate the battle scenes are...particularly the overlapping shields. Always got the impression that the vikings were more of a hit and run, guerilla warfare group.
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Old 12 May 2017, 17:19
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Watched the first two episodes...better than average. Wondering how accurate the battle scenes are...particularly the overlapping shields. Always got the impression that the vikings were more of a hit and run, guerilla warfare group.
I haven't watched the second season yet, but shield wall is legit. Initially, the "Vikings" were raiders who used the mobility of their ships to hit unprotected targets. By the time of Alfred, they had established rule over a significant portion of England ("Danelaw") and fielded significant forces. There was still small-scale border raiding, but large-scale battles were happening, too. Besides England, they sacked Paris and seized control of a sizeable portion of France (Normandy) and parts of Ireland, along with lots of less valuable areas (the Scottish Isles, etc).
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Old 12 May 2017, 18:21
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...Besides England, they sacked Paris and seized control of a sizeable portion of France (Normandy) and parts of Ireland, along with lots of less valuable areas (the Scottish Isles, etc).
And then there is Russia, whose very name comes from the Rus, the Swedish Vikings who established the Rurik Dynasty at Kiev in the late 9th century. The modern peoples of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia all claim Kievan Rus' as their cultural ancestors.

(Saint) Vladimir of Kiev is everything to Russia that Patrick is to Ireland, and then some. Talk about a helluva biography...
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Old 12 May 2017, 21:22
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(Saint) Vladimir of Kiev is everything to Russia that Patrick is to Ireland, and then some. Talk about a helluva biography...
Recommend a book on this?
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Old 12 May 2017, 23:44
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Recommend a book on this?
"Vladimir The Russian Viking," by Vladimir Volkoff. It's about 30 years old, but Amazon has the reprints cheap. I read it years ago and am still tempted to buy a copy. Well written and detailed.
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I caught the first season this week. Highly recommended. Seems quite authentic.
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I finally found time to dive into S2 and the first 4 episodes have been excellent. The writing and acting have been top notch. Since I wont be watching MNF I should be able to catch a few more episodes tonight.
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Old 17 November 2018, 11:25
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On November 22nd season 3 comes out on Netflix.
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Old 17 November 2018, 13:14
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Old 17 November 2018, 15:42
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Drops on the 19th actually. Very good show. Way better than Vikings (which I lost interest in and stopped watching a long time ago). IMO
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Old 21 November 2018, 07:44
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Great show.

Exposes the hypocrisy and legalistic nature of the church of England too. I'd probably have cut Alfreds and his wife throat though.
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Old 21 November 2018, 09:32
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The wife has to limit me to 1 show per night (though I convinced her to watch two on Sunday) because she doesn't want me to blow through it in a handful of days.

Really well done. This and Norsemen are my two favorites in the genre.
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