Semi-fantasy epic dramas, funny comedies and serious documentary studies. This are the best series collected by Bemorepanda about Vikings.
Hem till Midgård
The action takes place in the village of Midgord, where people still sacredly believe in the old Scandinavian gods. The terrible leader Snorre den Store, together with his gang of Vikings, floats away to kill and rob. Meanwhile, the settlement remains in the hands of his youngest son, Lille Snorre, a loser and a sloven.
The series from the History Channel tells about the life and adventures of the semi-legendary Scandinavian leader Ragnar Lodbroka, a direct descendant of the war god Odin. The hero and his companions go to England, establish settlements, and then discover France. As the plot develops, Ragnar from an ordinary Scandinavian becomes first a jarl, and then a king.
The Last Kingdom
Events unfold during the reign of King Alfred the Great. The narration is conducted on behalf of the main character Utred Bebbanburgsky, a Saxon aristocrat. The young man was raised by the Vikings, who killed his father and older brother. The young warrior will have to decide which side to take in decisive battles for the fate of Britain.
The Viking squad trapping in the sea raids returns to their native village. There heroes are waiting for feasts, battles, domestic problems, family squabbles and a looming political crisis.
Bogatyr Torso decides to leave the Yomsviking group (a professional fraternity specializing in robbery) in order to lead a quiet life with his family. However, the past still catches up with the hero: seven years later, Torso is found and killed by mercenaries. The surviving little son Torfinn is forced to join the gang that killed his father.
BBC: Blood of the Vikings
The Vikings forever left their mark in the history of England, while not so much is known about the impudent invaders themselves. Archaeologist Julian Richards is trying to figure out what really happened in those difficult times.
The three-part documentary series directed by Justin Hardy tells the tragic story of the capture of England by the Norman Duke Wilhelm, also known as William the Conqueror.
The creators were especially successful in the images of ordinary people - Norwegians, Saxons and Normans, and artistic techniques did not damage historical accuracy.
The writer Neil Oliver goes to Scandinavia to discover the mysterious world of the Vikings. There, he discovers unique historical artifacts that help him understand who these northern sailors really were.
If a fantasy look at Ragnar Lodbrock’s biography doesn’t suit you, check out the Canadian four-episode documentary series. Here, invited experts help to understand how people actually lived in ancient Scandinavia.
Large floods and landslides are observed annually, from which people and animals suffer. However, here you can see magnificent landscapes with a wide variety of vegetation.
Amazing facts about Fiji
1. The Republic of the Fiji Islands is located in Oceania in the South Pacific. Over the past 150 years, this state has changed its name five times. Today this country is called the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
2. Fiji is a collection of coral and volcanic islands.
3. The country of Fiji includes 333 islands, of which only a third are inhabited. These are about 110 islands. A little more than 900 thousand people live in the country.
4. The two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, are home to about 883,000 people, representing 87% of the total population.
5. Fiji has over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, including the Great Astrolabe Reef.
6. The total land mass of Fiji is slightly less than the state of New Jersey.
7. According to ancient Fijian mythology, the history of Fiji began in 1500 BC.
8. Then giant war canoes arrived from Taganika north of Egypt, carrying the leader Lutunasobasoba and a special cargo: treasures from the temple of King Soloman in Judea, including a special box called "Kato," which means case and "mana," meaning magic, which from the Fijian language it is translated: "box of blessings."
9. When the box fell into the sea on the Mamanuca Islands, the command was given to Lutunasoba soba not to get the box, but his general Degey returned later and tried to do it.
10. He only managed to get a large diamond that was not in a box and was immediately cursed and turned into a snake with a diamond on his head for all eternity, and he is locked in an ocean cave at Sawa-i-Lau in Yasawa. The Fijians believe this box is still buried in the waters between Likuliku and Mana and has brought great blessings to the area's villages.
11. In 1643, the Dutchman Abel Tasman, known for his explorations in modern Australia and New Zealand, saw Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji, but did not land on it.
12. In 1789, after the rebels landed him from Tahiti, HMS Bounty Captain William Bligh and 18 others were pursued by Fijian war canoes through present-day Bligh Water. They climbed with difficulty into their 22-foot open boat and fled, reaching Timor.
13. Until the end of the 19th century, cannibalism was widespread in Fiji.
14. Fiji was a British colony from 1874 to 1970. Fiji became independent on October 10, 1970, and is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
15. About 57 percent of the population of Fiji are native Melanesians or Melanesian-Polynesians. In comparison, 37 percent are descended from Indians brought to the islands in the late 19th century by the British to work on sugar cane plantations.
16. Conflicts on ethnic grounds are not uncommon here, and some tension is felt. The inhabitants of Tonga several centuries ago were afraid of the Fijians, who enjoyed the fame of bloodthirsty cannibals among them.
17. The famous navigator James Cook, when mapping the Fiji Islands, wrote them down exactly as "Fiji," although they were called "Fisi." But because of their enormous authority over Cook, no one pointed out his mistake, and the new name eventually replaced the old one.
CAPITAL - SUVA
18. The capital Suva on the island of Viti Levu, serves as the main port of Fiji.
19. About three-quarters of Fijians live on the coasts of Viti Levu, either in Suva or in smaller urban centers such as Nadi or Lautoka.
20. In Fiji, as many as three languages the status of state languages - English, Fijian and Hindustani, but few people speak English. Although in tourist places, of course, there will be no problems with it.
21. The main religion in Fiji is Christianity, followed by Hindus and Catholics.
SHRI SHIVA SUBRAHMANIA TEMPLE - A HINDU TEMPLE IN FIJI
22. The largest Hindu temple in Fiji is the colorful Sri Shiva Subramania Temple, one of Nadi's top attractions.
23. The leaders of the Fijian villages have great authority.
24. In Fiji, only chiefs are allowed to wear sunglasses. The same goes for brimmed hats. Fortunately for tourists, this only applies to villages.
25. Until 2012, the reigning English monarch in Fiji had the status of Paramount Chief.
26. even though there are lakes and rivers on some islands of the Fiji archipelago, there is still a lack of fresh water. During the rains, residents collect water from the roofs in special tanks.
27. Since this country is located in the Pacific Ocean, it is often subject to tropical cyclones.
28. The flag of Fiji consists of the British Union Jack (top left), which is representative of the country's longstanding association with the UK. The flag's blue field symbolizes the surrounding Pacific Ocean.
29. The emblem depicts a British golden lion with a cocoa bean, a panel with a palm tree, sugar cane, bananas, and a dove of peace.
30. A little over three thousand people serve in the Fiji army.
31. The Republic of the Fiji Islands's armed forces participate in various UN peacekeeping operations worldwide.
32. Fiji has a date change line - the 180th meridian.
FIJI NADI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
33. Fiji has 28 airports, but only four have runways.
34. Over the past 40 years, Fiji's democratic rule has been tested several times by military and civilian coups.
35. The first two military coups took place in 1987 due to fears that the Indian community dominated the government.
36. In May 2000, a civil coup took place, followed by democratic elections for Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, re-elected in May 2006.
37. Karase was expelled in December 2006 during a military coup led by Commodore Voreke Bainimarama, who later became interim prime minister. However, Bainimarama refused to hold democratic elections.
MOUNTAINS IN FIJI
38. The highest point in Fiji is Mount Tomaniwi, whose peak reaches 1324 meters above sea level.
39. The national currency in the country is the Fijian dollar.
40. On local banknotes, you can see a portrait of the Queen of Great Britain.
41. You need to know that offering someone a tip is not customary here, as this is considered bad form.
42. Rugby is the most popular sport here. This is quite an exciting sight, considering that most Fijian men are distinguished by their large and powerful physique.
43. Roads here, as well as, in fact, cars, are available only on the two largest islands of Fiji - Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
44. In total, more than 3,500 different species of insects live on all the Fijian islands.
45. More than 1,500 marine life species live in Fiji waters.
46. Some national dishes include bat meat.
47. It is customary here when going to visit to take some gifts with you.
48. The adult literacy rate here is about 94 percent.
49. Large floods and landslides are observed annually, from which people and animals suffer.
50. The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a country quite typical of Oceania, not rich, but not poor.
51. The South Pacific island of Fiji is an attractive holiday destination.
52. Here you can see magnificent landscapes with a wide variety of vegetation.
53. In recent years, tourism has been actively developing here - snow-white beaches and blue lagoons attract more and more new foreign travelers. Of course, a ticket here is not cheap due to the islands' remoteness.
54. However, between 400,000 and 500,000 tourists visit Fiji each year.
55. The Fiji Islands are exciting and worth visiting if possible at least once in a lifetime.