History Channel’s sent over an exclusive first look at the newest episode of “Vikings” airing Sunday at 10/9c. In our clip, Floki explains Valhalla to Athelstan.
According to History, the episode “Raid” is about:
In the Great Hall of Kattegat, a seer reads Earl Haraldson’s future and tells him that Ragnar Lothbrok searches for his death. The unanswerable question is whom do the gods favor more? As a man willing to defend his power and status to the death, Haraldson intends to take precautionary measures. Ragnar, his home and farm burned by the Earl is hurt but hidden safely away. He must now choose the path that will lead him back to his freedom.
To help you with all the intricacies of Viking culture, History has provided this handy cheat sheet. Check it out. There will be a test.
Odin – The chief amongst the group of gods, he is the god of warriors slain in battle and also the god of curiosity. The all-seeing Odin sacrificed his eye at Mimir’s well so that he might see the future. Odin oversees everything that passes on earth from his throne and each night retires to Valhalla, the Hall of the Fallen, where the great female warriors, his Valkyries, bring him the souls of brave warriors struck down in battle. Ragnar Lothbrok is said to be a direct descendant of the Norse god Odin.
Thor – Thor is stronger than any other God, and is the god of the common man. He rules the sky and governs thunder and lightning, winds and storms. When he wears his belt Megingjörð his strength is doubled and the world shakes as he walks.
Freyr – Freyr rules over the rain and the sun, and fertility and harvest. He is the god who brings peace and pleasure to the realms of men.
Loki – Loki is the trickster God, a shape-shifter, who both helps and hinders.
Valkyrie – Valkyrja is Old Norse for “Chooser of the Slain” and the Valkyries were female mythological beings that harvested slain warriors for Odin. Half of those who died in battle were selected by the Valkyries and taken to Valhalla where they feasted and prepared for the battle at the end of the world.
Valhalla – Valhalla is the Hall of the Slain in Asgard, where half those who die bravely in battle are brought by the Valkyries. In Valhalla the battle-fallen, along with the heroes of earlier ages and the great kings await the coming end of the world, Ragnarök, where they will fight alongside Odin. Valhalla has 540 doors that allow 800 men to leave at once and is roofed in golden shields.
Ragnarök – Ragnarök is the battle at the end of the world. During this battle the heroes who Odin has gathered in Valhalla will fight with him.
Watch “Vikings” Episode 5: “Raid” – on Sunday, March 31 at 10 p.m. on History.