Season 1: Episode 3 “Dispossessed”
A monastery in Lindesfarne is about to get a firsthand look at how the Vikings operate. In and out in a flurry of violence and terror, Ragnar and his crew raid the monastery for everything it contains from treasure to monks who can be sold as slaves. Unable to ignore the riches this unsanctioned journey has returned, Earl Haraldson has no choice but to agree to let these warriors undertake a second trip out. The west has now been opened for the taking by Ragnar Lothbrok and the world of the Vikings will never be the same.
- Thraell was the Old Norse word for slave.
- The Anglo-Saxon official who accosts Ragnar’s band on the Northumbrian beach in this episode was a Scirgerefa, or ‘shire-reeve’ and the origin of the word sheriff.
The meeting between the reeve and Ragnar and his men is based the the first reported encounter between Anglo-Saxons and Norsemen. It happened a few years before Lindisfare, but did not end in a raid.
Source: Vikings Wikia
Inside Look: Vikings Episode 3
Writer and Executive Producer Michael Hirst examines Ragnar’s dubious relationship with Athelstan and the Viking’s second raid to Northumbria in Episode 3.