In the series Vikings on the history channel we have some scenes with inaccuracies but very close to the saga's they were taken from. In season 4 episode 5 we have a scene with young Ivar wrestling for the ball with another child. He kills the child with an axe over the dispute. The killing was not chastised but almost encouraged by Floki. (Keep that in mind) Another scene in season 4 episode 9 Harold and Halfdan raid a small farm. Afterwards they sing a song. "My mother told me someday I would buy, a galley with good oars, sail to distant shores. Stand upon the prow, noble bark I steer. Steady course for the heaven to may foe man. To many foe man."
Although they are a wonderful tribute to one of my personal favorite Vikings in history. They changed the scenes for theatrical purposes. These two scenes are famously written in the saga of Egil Skallagrimson. In the saga's, Egil at the age of 12 was the size of a full grown man and not many men his size could overpower him in the games. The game the Vikings played was what I would liken to the game of rugby. Egil was paired with a young boy by the name of Grim. Grim was also very strong for an 11 year old boy and bested Egil in this game. Egil, filled with anger hit Grim with a club. Grim warned Egil it would not turn out well for him if he did not behave himself. Egil left and spoke with his friend Thord and expressed his need for revenge.Thord agreed to this and gave Egil his axe. Egil returned to the game and as Grim was running with the ball, Egil drove the axe into his head killing him instantly. A small battle took place after this as a result of the killing with seven more men dying including Grims father and uncle.
When Egil returned home his mother said that he had the true making of a viking. That he would be in control of warships one day. Egil then spoke the first of many beautiful poems.
"My mother said
I would be bought
a boat with fine oars,
set off with Vikings,
stand up on the prow,
command the precious craft,
then enter port,
kill a man and another."
Just like Floki encouraging young Ivar. Bera, Egils mother encouraged him. Egil knew what his life would be like from that point on. His poetry not only described his life and events but also saved his life. For the record, I love the series Vikings. The inaccuracies are a bit frustrating at times but also endearing to the saga's they are taken from.
Edit: Thank you all for the discussion! I don't know if anyone is as interested but I'd like to make other posts in this sub sharing Egils poetry and stories. Maybe not speak so much on the show but more on his life.