flank her every step
as she surges to the front
with the edge of her blade
She cuts cleanly
severs limb from body
flesh from bone
Blood like hot
her face and hands
black around her eyes
taken from pyre ashes of the fallen
a sacred oath
raised to the heavens
will shatter shields and skulls
The Gods with
the tip of her blade
she has forged
her way through
a world of chaos and destruction
with a warrior’s
she makes her battle cry
That could shake the very earth
or fell Yggdrasil with a single word
*authors note: I just finished the 4th season of vikings. I’ve been with the program since it first aired. I’ll admit, it was foolish to believe it wouldn’t call to my blood. But, as I have written before, more than just a drop of Viking Blood flows through my veins. I’ve often felt it is the reason I am both deeply in love with AND deeply respectful of the Sea. I’ve done a lot of research into the content of the show. They have done an excellent job of taking just enough fantasy and mixing it with just enough actual history, to make it very entertaining to watch.
A lot of what we believe we know of the Vikings is myth and legend. More often pulled from their epic poems (yet another ancestral gift) and not their actual life and practices. As I am reading more and more by respected historians, I am finding that a lot of their suspected “savagery” was rumor and tale-weaving by those who were “visited’ by them.
Make no mistake! They were fierce and brutal warriors. And often times, they did take innocent lives in the quest for riches and land.
I think I am most fascinated by the role of women in their society. I am always impressed and very proud, that their society had respect for women as equals to men in practically every way. Of course, no system is perfect… but they were far beyond a lot of ancient civilizations in their treatment of women.
I know, if you follow me here at all, you will not be surprised by my affection for Lagertha. Her story is compelling…and while there is conflicting data as to whether or not she existed…or that the show might have used her as an avatar for many female Vikings of the age… I still feel that she represents what I have always believed of women in general.
In the one of the last episodes of this season, Rollo (Ragnar’s brother) explains about their women warriors to Princess Gisla of Paris. He describes the ferocity with which the women fight..and he says they are sometimes stronger than the men in battle. and he also describes Lagertha as “The Fiercest of them all”
Indeed, I believe she is.
I am, of course, very aware that most of my followers are women. And I also know that I have admired a great many of you for being warriors. I know that I am not the only man to appreciate women for their strength and determination. But I want you to understand that I appreciate the fact you choose to visit me here. And I do appreciate all of you Shieldmaidens out there. You inspire me a lot.