The Saga of a Viking Warrior King

Part of Hourglass History

Prepare yourself for a voyage through time with Ragnar Lothbrok. This book offers more than just a tale of epic battles and heroic feats. It takes you on a sweeping journey that fuses historical fact with enthralling Norse lore, painting a vivid portrait of the legendary Viking age.

Step into the rugged boots of Ragnar Lothbrok, from his humble origins to his ascent as an esteemed Viking king. Ragnar’s life was far from ordinary, overflowing with adventures that reverberate from the quaint Scandinavian settlements to the courts of foreign kings, and finally, to his fabled encounter with a deadly serpent pit.

Ragnar's saga is an odyssey, one that guides us through the harsh yet mesmerizing world of the Vikings. We traverse the storm-tossed seas he sailed, the bustling markets he visited, and the formidable enemies he conquered, as he carved a path that forever transformed the course of history.

We bring to life a man of many faces – Ragnar the warrior, the king, the father, and the legend. From his daring raids to his complicated relationships, his life unfolds as a stirring narrative that is as captivating as it is illuminating.

Marvel at the vibrant cast of characters that shaped and were shaped by Ragnar. Lagertha, the indomitable shieldmaiden, Aslaug, the prophetic beauty, trusted allies, and formidable foes, their destinies are entwined with Ragnar’s in a grand saga that is as complex as it is enthralling.

Dive into the mystical world of the Norse gods and witness the blurring lines between man and myth. The tantalizing tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki are intricately woven into our human saga, kindling the rich and vivid mythology of the Vikings.

Unmask the Vikings and their culture, as we debunk widespread myths through the chronicles of Ragnar’s life. This book separates the chaff of fiction from the grain of fact, offering a deeper, nuanced understanding of Viking society and beliefs.

Wrapped in the cloak of enthralling storytelling, this book perfectly marries fact-filled exploration with captivating narrative. It offers a comprehensive look into a bygone era, crafting a vibrant image of Viking life that’s steeped in historical veracity.

Whether you're a dedicated history buff, a Viking culture enthusiast, or a fan of the hit TV series Vikings, Ragnar Lothbrok: The Saga of a Viking Warrior King offers a riveting read. Immerse yourself in its enchanting pages, embark on a historic adventure, and trace the steps of a legend who continues to bewitch our imagination. Brace yourself to be captivated by a saga that has resonated through the ages, its echoes still lingering in our hearts and minds.


Excerpt from Ragnar Lothbrok © Copyright 2023 Alexander Kingsley

In the wind-tossed wilds of the North, during an era draped in the cloak of mystic folklore and heroic tales, a legend was born. A formidable figure of history and lore whose deeds would sear his name into the annals of time. This is the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok, the Viking warrior king.

We begin our journey in the late 8th century, an age characterized by its harsh yet profoundly beautiful environment. The Norse world was a canvas of unending forests that whispered secrets to the wind, daunting mountains that pointed their snow-capped peaks towards the heavens, and raging seas that could as easily give life as they could claim it. Amidst this breathtaking panorama, a new saga was ready to unfold – a saga that was as untamed and gripping as the land itself.

Ragnar was born into a world that was perpetually wrestling with the juxtaposition of creation and destruction. It was an era where the gods themselves were said to walk among men, their whims as capricious as the northern winds. Our protagonist was no ordinary child; his lineage traced back to the formidable king, Sigurd Hring, a man renowned for his prowess in battle and sagacity in governance. Born of royal blood, Ragnar was immediately thrust into a world of privilege and expectation. Yet, these early years were more than just a birthright; they were a crucible that would forge him into the legendary figure he was destined to become.

Growing up in the Viking settlement was akin to being thrown into a whirlwind of traditions, customs, and rites that were as old as the gods themselves. The settlement was not merely a collection of wooden longhouses nestled amidst the wild landscape. Instead, it was a living, breathing organism that pulsed with life. The clamor of craftsmen perfecting their trade, the smell of roasting meat and baking bread, the echo of laughter and songs filled the air, creating a cacophony that was as intriguing as it was inviting. This was Ragnar's childhood soundscape – a symphony of human resilience and tenacity against the relentless onslaught of nature.

Viking children, regardless of their lineage, were expected to learn the skills necessary for survival from a very young age. The brutal northern climate showed no mercy to the ill-prepared. From the moment Ragnar could walk, he was taught to respect the land, to listen to its whispers, and to comprehend its silent warnings. The seemingly endless forests surrounding the settlement were not merely trees and undergrowth; they were a source of fuel, a provider of food, a haven for wildlife, and a spiritual link to the gods themselves.

Each day was a lesson in survival, interspersed with tales of heroism and valor. The sagas, told and retold over generations, were the moral compass guiding every Viking. They spoke of gods, monsters, and men – tales of bravery, cunning, and strength. As a young boy, Ragnar would huddle with others around the crackling hearth as the village skald, his voice a mellifluous melody in the silent night, spun tales that made the gods seem within arm's reach. Ragnar’s eyes, reflecting the flickering flames, were full of youthful awe and reverence. He lived those tales, those battles, those victories, and defeats. With each passing saga, a seed was sown in his heart – a seed of dreams, of aspirations, of a life that mirrored the heroes of old.

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