The #ShieldGeeks Chat about #VIKINGS Character Discussion: #PORUNN

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The Shieldmaidens of History (Protecting the Innocent from Anachronisms) welcome you back to our series on the History Channel show Vikings. 

Historical fiction author Sandi Layne is with me again to discuss the historical aspects of the show. Sandi has written her own series on Vikings, both well-written and carefully researched. (You can read my review of the third book in the trilogy, Éire's Devil Kinghere.)

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Heillir! We—Lissa Bryan and Sandi Layne—are two historical fiction authors with a serious thing for Vikings. And for VIKINGS, the amazing series that is going to begin its fourth season on HISTORY CHANNEL.

Follow us on twitter, #ShieldGeeks, at 8pm Eastern for the next seventeen days as we talk about the main characters of the show, including special features for Thorsdays, er, Thursdays, as well as We Ship It day on the 14th and even a Favorite Dead Character feature.

Then, on February 18th, VIKINGS, Season Four will begin and Sandi and I will be live-tweeting during each episode, as has been our custom since Season One. We’ll follow up with a more detailed discussion on our websites the following day.

We are SO excited! So, Warriors and Shieldmaidens all, get your weapons and armor ready, because it’s going to be an amazing season!

Pronounced “THOR uhn”, and usually rendered in English as "Porunn," Þórunn was introduced to Kattegat as a slave of Princess Aslaug. Played with great strength and a vibrant intensity by Gaia Weiss, Þórunn grows considerably as a person during the course of her seasons with the show.

Björn, who had been living with his mother in her new realm and with her new husband, is captivated by the blond beauty who dances with spirit, even though she’s enslaved.

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 She is cautious, though, in his pursuit of her. She cannot deny him, but she doesn’t clearly trust him while they are in such different stages.

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I call that wisdom.

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Aslaug frees her slave, though, and this changes everything, Þórunn wants to be like Lagertha, who is universally admired for her leadership skills as well as her abilities as a shield maiden. Þórunn wants to be a trained warrior as well.

And for Floki to train her to do her eyeliner
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But she cannot deny the handsome son of Jarl Ragnar, either. She will not be tamed by him, but demands his respect.

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At length, Þórunn falls pregnant with Björn’s child, they wed - despite the fact that she is a poor choice for a jarl’s son to take to wife.

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She insists upon fighting despite that, and she is attacked by a Mercian warrior in such a savage manner as to cause her to fall into a great depression. The women in Kattegat struggled to try to find a way to help her.

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She gave birth to a daughter that Björn named Siggy, but it seems the arrival of the baby may have added to Þórunn's pain.

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Unable to heal the wounds within, Þórunn eventually gives the baby up and leaves Kattegat.

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Will she come back in Season Four? We can only hope.​

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What are your thoughts? Join Sandi and me, Lissa Bryan, tonight as we chat at 8PM EST on Twitter about Þórunn and what the series might have in store for her. Use the hashtag #ShieldGeeks to join in the fun!

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