Originally Posted by archiguy
I think Rollo is genuinely concerned at some level about what his gods might think, or do. Remember, these were very superstitious people. Just as bad as the English in their own way. Once Rags gets back and finds out his wife has miscarried, some of the blame may shift to Rollo. This can't be good.
I agree that the superstitions Vikings might blame Rollo's conversion to Christianity for the "curse" of Lagertha's miscarriage.
I was surprised the English king went back on his word, especially after his brother's forces were wiped out. If he wasn't going to attack the Vikes with overwhelming force, he should have just stuck to the bargain he made. Now he's lost 2 battalions plus his brother. Ragnar is going to have to bring a much bigger force with him next time.
I too was surprised that King Aelle went back on his word. The Saxons' best chance for victory was passed up by the king's brother when his army encountered Ragnar and his men's camp.
I am continuing to really enjoy Vikings
. It appears to be largely historically accurate. For example, everything i have read supports that the Saxons woefully underestimated the Scandinavian raiders early on and paid for it in blood and gold. King Aelle learned this lesson when he (foolishly) ordered that the boxes ostensibly filled with gold and silver be delivered empty and ordered an attack on Ragnar's force. The king's failure to realize that Ragnar would be fully prepared for such an eventuality was breathtakingly naive. Also, the Viking ships were technological marvels, nearly miraculous by the standards of the day. Even Ragnar's navigational tools have some basis in history, which is an indication that in addition to having great ships the Vikings were great sailors. .