Viking Empires (2021): S0E02 – The Dynasty of Ivarr


An exciting new perspective on the Vikings explores their modern relevance.

It is a look at the history of the Vikings focusing on the development of Dublin.

Outline (General)

Over a thousand years ago, the Vikings swept like a storm through the world. These Scandinavian warriors plundered, killed and enslaved many, but they also changed society forever and they still beguile and fascinate us. Now, new discoveries challenge what we thought we knew about them.

‘Viking Empires’ reveals how the Vikings changed the course of history. Beginning in the 790s, Scandinavian raiders attacked monasteries in Britain and Ireland, and a new discovery suggests they called on supernatural powers in their quest for riches. From around 850 AD, the Vikings began to settle down. One of their leaders, Ivarr, built an empire in the North Atlantic, and in 2020 archaeologists discovered the harbour where he docked as many as 200 ships. After establishing themselves in Dublin and York, Ivarr and his descendants invaded the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, threatening to crush the fledgling nation of England. These Vikings also laid the foundations of modern society. And new evidence suggests they even saved one country during a mysterious crisis.

Filmed in Ultra High Definition, ‘Viking Empires’ is narrated by leading actor Moe Dunford (Vikings, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dublin Murders). Filmed at a range of stunning locations in Norway, Ireland, Britain and Icelan, it also features powerful drama re-enactments, including spectacular footage of a Viking longship under sail, and vivid and gritty battle scenes illustrating decisive Viking conflicts. The re-enactments combine with striking VFX reconstructions to open a window in time, unveiling the harsh realities of the Viking Age first hand.

Outline (Episode)

Episode Two charts the ongoing fortunes of the dynasty of Ivarr. In the 10th century, they constructed the Viking town of Dublin, now brought back to life through a stunning and vivid combination of VFX and drama re-enactment. Thanks to extensive archaeology, we know more about Viking Dublin than any other northwest European city at this time, including London and Paris. Slaves were one of the mainstays of the Viking economy, and now DNA science reveals that many captives ended their days far from their homeland. The episode also explores the events of 937, when Dublin’s Viking king joined forces with the kings of Scotland and Strathclyde and invaded England. The subsequent battle would decide the fate of Britain for centuries to come. Experts also reveal how the Vikings helped establish modern society in Ireland and across Europe today.

Viking Empires Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Moe Dunford.
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  • Production:
    • Tile Films.
    • RTE (support of).
    • Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (support of).
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  • Release Date: 01 June 2021.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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