Monday, May 01, 2017

Why Everything You Know About Vikings is a Lie

As a person that's always been fascinated by history, and actually started out as a history major in college, I love it when people actually take the time to get it right.

Movies and television have always opted to create narratives that fit what the studios, writers, producers, and directors feel is a more compelling story while altering facts or downright disregarding them in some cases.

As the Cracked video below points out, even the History Channel is guilty of this. I don't have an issue with this for the most part. When I watch a movie or a TV show based on an historic event, I go into it with the understanding that most of it is going to be fiction.

There's a lot that we don't know, and will never know, so when Hollywood takes on an individual's life, they're going to have to make some stuff up. However, what frustrates me is that some people watch and think that's it's all factual. Even more frustrating is when completely contrived stereotypes continue to be perpetuated.

In this episode of Hilarious Helmet History Cracked examines the Vikings and why the things we think we know about them actually aren't true at all.

If this bores you, then feel free to go watch Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Also a good watch.


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