Vikings Season 3 & 4. Who Was Rollo Lothbrok? The True Bio Of A King. Spoiler Alert!

Vikings Season 3 & 4. Who Was Rollo Lothbrok? The True Bio Of A King. Spoiler Alert!
Isabel del Rio
Vikings Season 3 & 4. Who Was Rollo Lothbrok? The True Bio Of A King. Spoiler Alert!

Clive Standen as Rollo in Vikings TV series

Vikings Season 3 & 4. Who Was Rollo Lothbrok? The True Bio Of A King! Spoiler Alert!

Vikings Season 3 & Vikings Season 4. A fictional character based on the historical Rollo, played by actor Clive Standen, is Ragnar Lothbrok’s brother in the History Channel TV show Vikings. Who is Rollo in the TV Show? I think the next main character in Vikings Season 4, since I’m convinced that Ragnar will die in Season 3 finale, and Vikings Season 4 will focus on Rollo as the first king of Normandy. Then who was true King Rollo? Today, ten things you should know.

1.- He is a historical figure, although there aren’t evidence of his relation with Ragnar (actor Travis Fimmel). In fact, Ragnar is a legend until now.

2.- Rollo (846 – 932), baptized Robert (remember that on the series, he was also christened despite Floki’s anger) was a Norse Viking. He was founder and first ruler of the Viking principality which soon became known as Normandy.

3.- His descendants were the Dukes of Normandy. Thus and following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his descendants were kings of England. Do you remember the prophecy by the Seer (actor John Kavanagh) in the series: Rollo was depressed under the shadow of his famous brother Ragnar and the Seer told him that if he knew his glorious future, he would change his way of thinking in this very moment.

Clive Standen as Rollo in Vikings TV series

Clive Standen as Rollo in Vikings TV series

4.- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records: “A.D. 876. This year Rolla penetrated Normandy with his army; and he reigned fifty winters.”

5.- In other chronicles and sagas, Rollo has the nickname of “the Walker”, “Ganger” in Norse. It comes from his appearance. He was so big that no horse could carry him.

6.- It seems he had two sons: Gurim and Rollo.

7.- But how about his origins? The question of Rollo’s origins became a matter of dispute between Norwegian and Danish historians of the 19th, and today the debate continues.

8.- What is clear is that Rollo was one of the leaders of the Viking fleet which besieged Paris under Sigfred in 885. Later, he returned to the Seine with his followers (known as Danes, or Norsemen) and they invaded the area of northern France known as Normandy now.

Clive Standen as Rollo and Travis Fimmel as Ragnar in Vikings TV series

Clive Standen as Rollo and Travis Fimmel as Ragnar in Vikings TV series

9.- In 911 the Vikings under Rollo again launched an attack on Paris before laying siege to Chartres. Thus, in the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte with King Charles the Simple, Rollo pledged feudal allegiance to the king. Thus, ‘Duke’ or ‘Count’, Rollo ruled over Normandy and maybe he married Princess Gisela (actress Morgane Polanski in Vikings Season 3) although there’re problems with dates.

10.- About ten years later, Rollo considered his oath to the King of France at an end. Then, he started a period of expansion westwards. Over time, Rollo’s men intermarried with the local women, and became more settled into French Catholic culture as Normans.

What do you think about Vikings Season 4? Will Rollo be the new main character? Tell us your opinion now!

View Comments (4)
  • Gyda

    Ragnar dies in history by King Aelle’s Pit of Snakes

  • Valentina

    IF we adhere to the history that is accepted about Rollo, we know that the way he is portrayed in Vikings does not seem to be reflective of how his future without Ragnar
    has been evidenced. He was not just physically capable as a warrior but also managed intellectually to leverage himself to becoming the founder of a long line of European kings. I think that Rollo’s character is not as rounded as it could be.
    I am looking forward to seeing him in Season 4 out of the shadow of Ragnar.
    Possibly with Lagertha. They are similar in their thinking and have both been ill treated
    at times by Ragnar.

  • MadridMadrid

    Damn it , without Ragnar , Vikings its nothing =( ,,,, and btw Ye i read a book which said , that Ragnar dies by King Aelle’s snakes… When he s coming home after the winning against Frenchs.

  • Mathias Lagge Lager

    this serie is going to die without ragnar, No charater is going to step in to that big shadow, He is a great actor, and i dont think that the others are even close. Hope to see him play some other great movies or series

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