The Viking adventurer Rollo ca. He established Viking control of the lands at the mouth of the Seine River and thus began what became the most powerful French dukedom. Chronicle sources, which are not always reliable, note that he was exiled from Norway because of lawlessness, probably about Rollo became a Viking raider and for a time was successful. He went to Scotland, where he married a Christian woman by whom he had a daughter; and possibly from this marriage his son, later known as William Longsword, his successor in Normandy, also issued. Rollo then may have gone to Ireland, but with the waning of Norse power in Ireland he probably followed his compatriots who traveled to France, where raiding parties could find richer opportunities for looting.
The battle for York was set up in the two-part premiere as the matchup of Ivar and Heahmund, two unstoppable, wild-eyed avatars of their respective cultures, headed for bloody conflict. The death of Ragnar pointed up how his thrillingly complex persona has been split among his sons, and tonight, Ubbe loses, repeatedly and enormously. One of which, after the carnage of the day before, glows with a red ring of blood. Everyone is with me! Ragnar Lothbrok was a man ahead of his time, whose inability to reconcile all his warring elements contributed to his fall. Immediately unseated by a brutal blow, he lies, seemingly helpless on the ground for a long, echoing moment, and then roars into action, dispatching his attacker, and several others. Pulling himself to a sitting position against a cart, Ivar sees Heahmund and an assembled squad of Saxons facing him, swords and bows ready.
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His body was so frail that he had to be carried on a shield when he went into battle, but his mind was one of the sharpest around. In the late 9th century under Ivar, the Vikings terrorized the nation and conquered everything from Essex to Dublin. Wikimedia Commons A facial reconstruction of a Viking suggested by some historians to be Ivar the Boneless. The truth, though, is a bit tricky to ascertain. Having said that, modern historians have some interesting theories as to why he was so named.