Castle Vikings series is an Irish Canadian drama TV show created and written by Michael Hirst. VIkings premiered on 3rd March the year 2013 in Canada and the United States. Vikings is mainly inspired by sagas of Ragnar Lothbrok, who is one of the best known mythological Norse heroes & notorious as a scourge of France and England. Vikings portrays Ragnar Lothbrok as a farmer who later on comes to rise to great fame following numerous successful raids in England with support of his fellow warriors and family.
On 5th April the year 2013, History Channel renewed Vikings TV show for a ten episode 2nd season, that premiered on 27th February of the year 2014. On 25th March of 2014, History Channel renewed Vikings TV show for a ten episode 3rd season, that premiered on 19th February, 2015.
The TV show is inspired by tales of raiding, trading, and the exploration of the Norsemen in early medieval Scandinavia. The show follows exploits of Viking chieftain Lothbrok, as notably put down in 13th century saga Ragnars Lothbrókar & Ragnarssona láttr, and also in Saxo Grammaticus 12th century works, Gesta Danorum.
Norsemen’s legendary sagas were all partially fictional tales that were based in the Norse’s oral tradition, which was written down around 200-400 years after events they describe. More inspiration is derived from various historical sources during that period, like records of Viking raids on Lindisfarne which are depicted in the TV show’s 2nd episode, and Ahmad Fadlan’s 10th century accounts of Volga Vikings. The TV show is set at start of the Vikings Age, which was marked by Lindisfarne raid in the year 793.
The Tv show received generally favorable ratings by many critics after its’ 1st episode aired, with the average rating of 71% according to the Metacritic. Alan Sepinwall of the HitFix praised the Tv show’s casting, notably, Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok, and he observed that the show “is not complicated.
It relies on inherent appeal of vikings past era and the series characters so as to drive the main story.” Nancy DeWolf of Wall Street Journal also noted the natural & authentic settings and costumes, and she appreciated that the Tv show was (unlike, for example, Spartacus) not just a celebration of violence and sex, but its’ “a study of stamina, character, power and of emotional, social, and intellectual awakening.”