"Vikings" star Gabriel Byrne (Photo: Jonathan Hession/History)

TV’s New Drama ‘Vikings’ Sheds Light on Dark Age

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK ASHFORD, Ireland (AP) — If historical fiction guru Michael Hirst has his way, a legendary Viking raider named Ragnar soon will conquer North America on behalf of the History channel. History’s ambitious Dark Ages drama “Vikings,” debuting Sunday after five months of filming in Ireland, dramatizes the myth-cloaked story of Ragnar Lothbrok, […]

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"Vikings":  Ragnar Lothbrok,  played by Travis Fimmel (Photo by Kevin Lynch / HISTORY)

Travis Fimmel: History’s ‘Vikings’ is ‘Definitely Different’ from ‘Game of Thrones’

Vikings are known for their fierce warriors who each summer would sail off to raid neighboring lands, where they looted, burnt villages and murdered the residents of coastal towns. The one things the Vikings didn’t do was keep historical records, so their story has mainly been told from the point of view of their victims. […]

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