By Sydney Fromm
History shows that the Norwegian race of the Vikings was a pro-lady environment, allowing women to fight, own land, and divorce their husbands. This is all depicted in the History channel’s show ‘Vikings’. Currently on hiatus in its fourth season, ‘Vikings’ has proved itself quite the feminist show. One of the main characters, Lagertha (pronounced Lagatha), started out married to a farmer. Once her husband, the famous Ragnar Lothbrok, was made King, Lagertha became Queen.
Not only was she wise and kind, but she was a skilled shield-maiden, a female warrior known to be fierce in battle. She was a faithful wife and loving mother. When Ragnar was proved unfaithful upon the arrival of his pregnant lover, Lagertha divorced Ragnar and left their village.
Upon the return of the series, we see that Lagertha has remarried and she and her son Bjorn live under an abusive Lord. Lagertha soon kills her new husband and rules on her own. We see her develop into a strong, capable, and fierce warrior, leader, and woman.
Lagertha isn’t the only strong woman in the show. There are several others that learn from Lagertha and others that are her enemies. Every single woman on ‘Vikings’ is a strong female character, not only in personality and beliefs but also in the development of the story’s plotline.
These women are not just legendary in a television show, but in history as well. The show is a platform for history to be served to the waiting minds of the audience greedily awaiting each week’s episode. If you have yet to see the show, I implore you to tune into History Channel and familiarize yourself with the valiant women of the Viking people. It would do everyone some good to learn a thing or two from Lagertha Lothbrok.