If you read the title of this post and thought to yourself,
‘Who in the hell is Lagertha?‘
There is a strong probability you haven’t seen the television series Vikings. If this is the case, not to fret, although you really are missing out on a phenomenal series.
Lagertha is a main character in Vikings played by Kathryn Winnick. There is speculation as to whether or not this woman did, in fact, exist in the Viking era, but regardless if she did or didn’t, her character is the embodiment of viking women, who, if they fought in battle, were referred to as shield maidens.
I’m wrapping up the sixth and final season of Vikings, and even though I knew it was coming, I was absolutely obliterated emotionally by Lagertha’s tragic death. In the episode I just finished, her fellow Viking people presented her with an astounding funeral to help her find passage to Valhalla, which is, in loose terms, the Viking version of heaven.
I absolutely love Kathryn Winnick as Lagertha, and I doubt any other actress would have been able to play this role as well as she did. Winnick happens to have a black belt in Taekwondo, making her a perfect fit for the gruelling battle scenes she often found herself filming because of her character.
Lagertha, over the course of the series, goes from being a farmer to an Earl to a Queen. Her character is such a powerful example of womanhood and how strong women can be, physically and emotionally. This woman overcomes more hardships and losses than I can count, yet never loses her sense of purpose, drive and determination, and she really is a role model for women everywhere.
Lagertha, although likely a fictional character, is, in a way, a hero of mine, and I would think anyone who watches Vikings would agree.