Vikings

Vikings

DVD - 2014
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Discover exciting new insights as historian Neil Oliver digs for clues. Travel to archaeological sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids. Watch in amazement as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland and Greenland and transform themselves from illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen and kings; all in less than 200 years.
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 177 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
Additional Contributors: Oliver, Neil 1967-

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davidjordahl
Mar 30, 2019

I have watched this 3 episode series several times. Because it is very well done! Neil Oliver provides genuine leadership when he asks the right questions to give the best overview of who the Vikings were, where they came from, a basic breakdown of the diversity of the Norse people.

Both of my parents families came from Norway, and therefore make it most likely that I am descended from those Norse people that went "a vee-king" as it is actually pronounced in Norway. Or, another way to put it, they went "pirating." And NO, they did NOT have horns on their helmets. A very stupid characterization and a negative representation of a formidable people that made such an impact on the world, their presence and impact still exists around the world. Starting with the very name of Russia came from the norse language referring to rowers or rowing.

Previous comments here that dump negative comments about this documentary are based in profound ignorance and incompetence!

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enneyehs
Nov 04, 2018

If you consider yourself a viking enthusiast or an ancient civilization nut, this is a must see. Not only does Neil Oliver lays out an in-depth look on the history of vikings, you are presented with breathtaking views of fabulous locations in the north where the Vikings once reigned supreme. I don't understand eliasmerkins and FaylineMeir reviews, they thought it "so-so", "dull and dry"? What where doing when they watched this presentation? Were they talking of another DVD perhaps? (I sound like Neil lol). An essential accompaniment to the the History Channel Vikings series show and the historical fiction The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, now also a serial. And enjoyable treat and celebration of the viking culture.

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eliasmerkins
Jul 05, 2016

A so so documentary that is repetitive and short sided. The writing is not engaging with images and lines that are repeated over and over.

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U1536000012277
Nov 16, 2015

Excellent source for learning History and Geography of both BC and AD in Scandinavia/European countries and the East.
Memorable in so many ways and fun to watch for young and adults.
Get your ATLAS out and follow along.

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MeReneG
May 23, 2015

Learned a lot about Viking history: they were a lot more than the stereotypes we're most familiar with, and had a much broader influence on the world. Found it to provide interesting perspective after having watched Season 1 of the "Vikings" series. // Oliver is an excellent host.

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Seguro
May 11, 2015

The author is mistaken when he calls Russian rook as the viking's Drakkar.

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FaylinaMeir
Feb 19, 2015

This dvd is full of "fluff". Stresses the same points over and over, like beating a dead horse. I am an avid fan of documentaries and all things "in the quest of knowledge" but we couldn't finish the three episodes. WAY dull and dry. We forced our way through the second episode and gave up.

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UptownGirl1
Aug 25, 2014

This DVD was very educational and enjoyable. Neil Oliver did well in narrating the history of the Vikings. He went over their rituals, what they ate, what kind of people they were and their religious beliefs. He even went over general history of Europe, and the European rulers.

My favourite part of this DVD, was the part where he ate the rotten shark!

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JulesTrick
Jun 24, 2014

Heads up! When I requested this, I thought I was requesting the series that comes on t.v. Instead, it's a documentary. Still good to watch, but just in case, thought I'd put it out there...

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abookandacuppa
Jun 08, 2014

Neil Oliver provides intellectual insight into the mystique of the Vikings. His ability to include wit along with historical data is quite exceptional! Also interesting is the filming, touring locations rather than sitting behind a desk reciting facts. Highly recommended!

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enneyehs
Nov 04, 2018

From the DVD jacket: Were the Vikings blood-drenched pillagers? Or savvy adventurers and entrepreneurs? Discover exciting new insights as historian Neil Oliver digs for clues. You'll travel to archaeological sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids. Watch in amazement as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland and Greenland and transform themselves from illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen and kings - all in less than 200 years! The dramatic truth behind the legends will change your understanding of Vikings forever.

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