Pillage and Plunder History’s ‘Vikings’ for These 9 Norsemen Facts

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History’s Vikings famously ditches the classic helmet imagery, but did you know the concept of filthy, horned raiders was historically inaccurate anyway? Or that the Travis Fimmel series pays homage to classic Norse myth in its titles? Sharpen your axes and fill your flagons, and let the 24th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ take you along with Ragnar Lothbrok for a raiding party on History’s Vikings!

An alum of Showtime’s The Tudors and two Queen Elizabeth films, Vikings showrunner Michael Hirst attempted to bring historical accuracy to History’s first original scripted series. That said, where Vikings uses the high cliffs of Ireland for the town of Kattegat, the real location was actually a flatter, sea-based village surrounded by agricultural lands.

‘You Think You Know TV?’ is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the worlds of your favorite TV series and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known, as with our other installments for Twin Peaks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, LOST, Seinfeld, Batman: The Animated Series, House of Cards, Power Rangers, Family Guy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Breaking Bad (x2!), True Detective, Empire, The Simpsons, Hannibal, Star Wars Rebels, Better Call Saul, The X-Files, The Flash, Arrow, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Our companion series ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ has already tackled everything from A Clockwork Orange to the Star Wars prequels, but now we’re sailing into literal and figurative History for Vikings treasure.

Watch TV and movie installments of ‘You Think You Know’ down below, in addition to our Vikings entry above, and let us know what shows we should cover next!

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