Ragnar’s Death Song: The Last Words of a Viking King (Video)
Ragnar's Death Song, also known as the Song of the Crow or the Krakumal, is a poem that tells the story of Ragnar's death. According to Norse sagas, Ragnar Lothbrok was a legendary Viking warrior and king who was thrown into a pit of snakes by his enemies. The poem is believed to have been sung by Ragnar from the snake pit, recounting his life and battles and predicting his eventual revenge and ascension to the halls of Odin.
The Song of the Crow reflects the Norse belief in the cyclical nature of life and death. In the poem, Ragnar reflects on his impending death and his belief that he will be welcomed into the halls of Odin, the god of war and death. The final line of the poem, "laughing shall I die," is a powerful testament to Ragnar's courage and his acceptance of his fate.
Top image: A Viking warrior. Source: Art Gallery / Adobe Stock.