|VIKINGS miniseries on The History Channel|
As you probably heard, the Vikings miniseries launched on The History Channel Sunday night. As I mentioned on my FB author page, #Vikings was the top trender that day on twitter. It's nice to look up #Vikings and find stuff about ACTUAL Vikings for a change, and not the football team. Not that I have anything against the team, I just know nothing about football.
It was comforting for me to know that I haven't been far off in the idea that people are interested in this time period. Many people on twitter were mentioning how they had Nordic roots and wanted to know more about them. And yet, there is a need to reach the masses with the truth--that Christianity changed the Vikings for the better. That's something I don't expect to see play out in The History Channel series, but I could be wrong. The time period they're portraying (around AD 800) was when Christianity was barely starting to make inroads with the Vikings.
And here's the coolest thing--I had so many people contact me, via Facebook or twitter, to let me know this Vikings show was coming out. I was, in fact, blown away by how many people associated me with the Vikings! I took that as a huge compliment.
Today, I watched the show on hulu, to get caught up. Turns out, you can watch the upcoming episode this week on hulu, too: http://www.hulu.com/watch/462490#i0,p0,d0.
I enjoyed the show and found it to be fairly historically accurate. I loved having a visual on that beautiful ship, sliding through the fjords. (They're using a longship, as opposed to the knarr, which was used in my novel--the knarr was a merchant-type, long-distance ship). I liked that the wife wasn't a coward, much like my Gudrid.
I did think it was a bit heavy on the violence, though far less violent than Braveheart or something along those lines. If you're looking for a good, informative show for your kids about Vikings, I'd highly recommend the DVD: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds, available on Netflix. This Vikings miniseries is probably too heavy-duty for little ones.
All in all, I'm thrilled that Vikings are making such a huge comeback. I was also thrilled that The Bible miniseries debuted, too. I haven't caught that one yet. I'm sure it might veer from the historical truth somewhat, but I'm hoping it will raise interest in the one true God--the God who was powerful enough to create the world and all that is in it. And the God who captured many Vikings' hearts and changed them for the better.
****I know some of you all have watched this show! I'd love to know your thoughts on it. Or tell me the most informative thing you've read or watched about Vikings!****