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Of all the offspring of Ragnar, which according to history were many more than those known to him in fiction (in which he has six sons: Bjorn, Ubbe, Hvitserk, Ivar and the deceased Sigurd and Gyda), perhaps the most peculiar is Ivar “No Bones”. Courageous and daring, but bloodthirsty and cruel in equal parts, Ivar’s youngest son in fiction, who is played in the series by Alex Hogh Andersen, is a young man who lacks bone structures in his legs.

“A cripple”, as they describe him in fiction, unable to walk, so in “Vikings” Ragnar wanted to end his life as soon as he came into the world.

But what is true in the story that “Vikings” tells about Ragnar’s youngest son? Who was really Ivar “Boneless”? The real history of him is not entirely illuminating when trying to analyze it. Some sources claim that, as the fiction tells, he was the youngest son of the renowned Viking. Others, on the other hand, say that he was their firstborn

“Crystal Bones” or great skill in battle

A disease, that of little Ivar that, according to various sources, would be similar to osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as “crystal bones” and which is the one suffered by Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson’s character) in “The Protégé” . The ailment is also suffered by the writer Nabil Shaban, author of a trilogy about the story of Ivar and who, in the television documentary “The Strangest Viking”, defends that Ragnar’s son could fight and stand up on the battlefield despite the fragility of your body. A fact that contrasts with what history has proven to happen to the children of the barbarians who were born with physical problems and who, for the most part, were killed by their own parents… as Ragnar intended to do with Ivar in “Vikings”.

Carried on the shoulders… out of obligation or devotion?

Both the disclosures that show that Ivar suffered from these physical defects and those that decorate his skills in battle coincide in another thing: the warrior was always transported by his warriors on wings, on their shields, in any war. Perhaps because he could not walk or had difficulty doing so, although there are poems that say the opposite. That is to say, they explain the fact of carrying Ivar on the shoulders in the exaltation of the figure of the Viking, whom they came to consider a kind of demigod and an extraordinary warrior, also with the bow. A deity that, for all this, could not move on foot or on his horse, but had to be transported by his best warriors. In battle, Ivar was ruthless and enjoyed torturing his opponents. He fought with his torso half-naked and with his body covered in fur. History defines him as a “berserker” and, like many of them, various sources publish that he would also consume drugs before brandishing his sword, to face the horror of war.One way or another, Ivar seems to have led the army that accompanied Ragnar when, in the mid-19th century, he landed in Northumbria (today northern England) after attacking France and confronted King Aella. There, Ragnar was captured and executed by Saxon troops, who, on King Aella’s orders, threw him into a pit filled with poisonous snakes.“My pups will avenge me!” the Viking chieftain is said to have shouted before he died. And so it happened.

The brutal method of the “Blood Eagle”

The Vikings continued to attack and, two years later, conquered Northumbria. Ivar captured King Aella and, as various sources point out, tortured and executed him with the bloody Viking method of the “Blood Eagle”, which consisted of opening a body from the back at the height of the rib cage, raising the ribs towards the shoulder area and extracting the lungs without causing them to suffer damage, so that the body looked like a bird but the tortured person was still alive and subjected to inhuman suffering until he exhaled his last breath.

Viking growth did not stop after the assassination of King Aella. With Northumbria in their power, Ivar’s warriors took Nottingham, Mercia, and the remaining territory of Anglia (the realm in which the previously conquered great city of York was located). Despite this, King Burghred of Mercia managed to escape and allied himself with King Aethelred of Wessex. Between the two, they put together a large troop that managed to gain territory against the Vikings and reestablish themselves in Mercia. It was then that Ivar and his army decided to make a deal with the Saxons and retreat to England.

House Ivar… and the death of the warrior

Historians then say that Ivar emigrated to cities like Dublin and founded what is known as the House of Ivar or Uí Ímair, a dynasty that ruled Northumbria, York and the Kingdom of Dublin until the 10th century, when the Vikings were expelled from the city. zone. Largely thanks to the work that, at the end of the 9th century, King Alfred “The Great” carried out in these tasks, who died in Winchester in the year 899. After that, the Ivar family settled in the Viking kingdom of Mann (located on the Isle of Man) and ruled both those lands and several Viking territories in the Northern Islands until the 12th century.