Is Vikings: Valhalla based on a true story?

Vikings: Valhalla. (L to R) Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon, Frida Gustavsson as Freydis in episode 102 of Vikings: Valhalla. Cr. Bernard Walsh/Netflix © 2021
Vikings: Valhalla. (L to R) Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon, Frida Gustavsson as Freydis in episode 102 of Vikings: Valhalla. Cr. Bernard Walsh/Netflix © 2021 /

Is the incredibly popular Netflix series Viking: Valhalla based on a true story, or is it all simply fabricated to entertain home audiences? The answers and more lie just ahead, so keep reading if you are truly destined to find out the truth!

Vikings: Valhalla wasted little time when it came to making a significant impact with subscribers as it has already has clocked in an impressive 113,380,000 hours watched by viewers as of March 2022. And it isn’t just members enjoying the historical drama as critics are also enthralled by the well-crafted program, which has resulted in the Netflix original garnering an excellent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The spin-off of the hit historical drama series from the History Channel, Vikings, is set a century after the events of its predecessor. This time around, Vikings: Valhalla centers on Leif Erikson, Harald Hardada, Freydis, and King William the Conqueror.

The series showcases the end of the Viking Age, which was notoriously marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. But is all of this actually based on historical events? Considering the original came from the History Channel, an outfit known for getting it right on the money most of the time, along with the fact that the period piece looks and feels amazingly authentic, it’s a fair question to ask.

Is Vikings: Valhalla based on actual events?

Yes, Vikings: Vallhalla is somewhat inspired by actual events that happened in history. Many of the characters and occurrences that take place in the well-written narrative are real. But it is important to keep in mind that the series is historical fiction, so the well-known phrase “based on a true story” is very loosely designated. The show does alter some things when it comes to character arcs and plotlines in order to better help the overall story flow.

The fact that the Vikings didn’t have a written language gives the show’s creators a lot of room for intriguing interpretation. However, when it comes to locations, sets, costumes, weapons, and things of that nature, the Netflix series is very accurate in its depictions.

But when it comes to characters, the show does take liberties. For instance, Kattegat ruler Jarl Estrid Haakon played by Caroline Henderson, was created for the series. Most of the dates are manipulated as well, which means certain interactions like that of anything between Harald Sigurdsson and Leif Erikson and Freydis didn’t go down. Also, the invasion of England, which took years and not days, actually took place a decade after the St. Brice’s Day Massacre.

All in all, Vikings: Valhalla is a solid introduction to this period of time and will most assuredly motivate many fans to learn more about this fascinating time in history. The extremely enjoyable endeavor is a riveting ordeal from start to finish, and to stay up to date on everything about the Viking’s spin-off’s future, keep following Netflix Life!

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