'Vikings' First Look: A Warrior, Brother, Monk and Visionary
'Vikings' First Look: A Warrior, Brother, Monk and Visionary
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Vikings is a new epic drama premiering in March on History that follows the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a warrior and farmer. The story begins in 8th century Scandinavia and instead of following the norm and sailing east, Ragnar heads west. 

History has provided a first look at the their new scripted series, Vikings, and profiles of three characters.

Ragnar believes he can find treasures to the west, but his king doesn't believe in his quest. The warrior defies his ruler and heads west to to fight battles and find riches.

Meet Ragnar's brother, Rollo.

Rollo (Clive Standen) is impulsive, wild, care-free and compulsive. The relationship between Rollo and Ragnar is intense and always unpredictable. Ragnar can never be certain of his brother's loyalty, but is always extremely grateful to receive it, for Rollo is a formidable warrior.

Meet the Monk, Athelstan

Athelstan (George Blagden)  is a young, innocent, Christian monk living in the remote monastery of Lindisfarne on the Northumbrian coast of England. For centuries nothing disturbed the peace and tranquility of the religious way of life there - until the Vikings came. From their attitude to their gods, to sex, to sacrifice, the Vikings are a shockingly different culture to Athelstan.

Meet the Visionary, Floki

Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) is based partly on the trickster, Norse god Loki. Floki is a ship builder and he designs and builds the prototype of the new generation of Viking ships which can sail across the open ocean but also up the shallowest of rivers. He is a design genius and he allows Ragnar to fulfill his dreams of discovering new lands and new civilizations. A close friend of Ragnar's, Floki is an entertaining and dangerous jester.

Vikings premieres Sunday, March 3 at 10 pm ET on the History.

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(Image and videos courtesy of History Channel.)