A couple of days ago I watched Vikings episode 7. In this episode something interesting happened (that I already knew from spoilers), but it surprised me. The episode featured the marriage of Floki and Helga.
Vikings did a remarkable job. They succeeded in crossing a Christian wedding with a Viking wedding, using both rituals. The music they used only makes it better. What I liked about the scene is how they showed the differences in marriage for each culture.
There are myths in the Viking marriage. We know the similarities but in different ways. For example, Floki carries his Helga to the spot where they are going to marry, and the groom carries his wife to bed. Christians do this after the ceremony.
Another great ritual by the Vikings is the changing sword this is for protection and is a symbol of tradition the groom will always change the sword from his father and will be given to the next son. The bride will have a new sword to give to the groom. Christianity doesn’t have that, we do that with names.
Regarding the ritual of exchanging the rings, it is clear both cultures have the same ritual, but in the TV series Vikings place the ring on the swords that are exchanged.
The music used suits perfectly the theme of the marriages. It has a bit of Celtic sound. I know that sounds funny but it is.
You can learn more about Viking or the Christian marriage at the following links?
Tamara is a lover of science fiction in films and books. Her passion is writing Sci-Fi fan fiction. Tamara’s educational background consists of Communication Multimedia Design, Animation, Film and Acting.Tamara is a fan of Vikings, the TV series, Sherlock, and everything that has to with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. See more of Tamara’s writing at http://tamarabakx.blogspot.nl/