Vikings (2013 –) MGM/History Channel
Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods: legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.
Now in its third season, I have worked on Vikings since its first season. I translate dialogue into conversational Old English and provide pronunciation guides for the cast. I also source and co-ordinate with experts to provide the same for other medieval languages including Old Norse and reconstructed proto-Latvian.
For the History Channel’s website I have provided translations of Old English riddles, and a guide to medieval runes.
An example riddle:
A curious thing hangs by a man’s thigh
Under his coat. It has a hole in the front
It is stiff and hard, it has a good standing place;
When the man pulls his clothing up
Above his knee, he wants to touch that hole
With the head of his hanging thing.
It is the same length as that which it has filled before.
Solution: A KEY. What were you thinking??
Read a blog post about my experience working on Vikings here.