Viking Priest Medieval ArchivesRagnar and his clan travel to Uppsala to offer the gods sacrifices in return for their favor. While there he strikes an alliance with King Horic and is offered a new mission. Athelstan Learns that he may not make it home alive and that his faith in God is still strong. Find out all that and more on another episode of The Vikings Podcast.

We’ll review and recap episode 8: “Sacrifice”. Then we’ll look at the history presented in the show and see how it compares to actual history.


The traditional pilgrimage to Uppsalla to thank the gods brings a torrent of emotions for Ragnar, Lagertha, and Athelstan. Ragnar, pulling farther away from his wife, goes to make peace with the death of his unborn son. Lagertha, still reeling from her miscarriage, wants to find out from the gods if more sons are in her future. As the Vikings come together to sacrifice and give thanks to their gods, Athelstan discovers just how strong his Christian faith still is.

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In this episode’s history lesson we discuss:

  • pilgrimage to Uppsalla
  • Norse Sacrifices
  • Chess
  • And much more!

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Comments 4

  1. Guthrum says:

    Love the podcast! Nice to see you checking up on the history aspects of the show.
    I think your search for a place called Yoterland is actually Jutland, the large mainland peninsula part of Denmark.
    “J”s sound like “Y”s and I think King Horek just lingered a bit on the word “you-teh-land”.
    Keep up the great work.
    Droo Guthrum

  2. brianpcombs says:

    Haven’t listened to the last episode yet, so you may have already given a correction, but it was Peter who denied Christ three times, not Thomas. Tomas said he wouldn’t believe Christ was alive unless he could touch the holes in Jesus’ hands from the nails, thus earning the Doubting Thomas moniker.

  3. brianpcombs says:

    Oh, and just FYI, I’m really enjoying the podcast. Looking forward to listening to it soon after watching the shows in the second season.

  4. Archivist says:

    brianpcombs Thanks, I realized it wasn’t Thomas after I put the episode out. DOH! I need to splice in a correction 🙂 Thanks for listening!