Vikings season 6: Who is Othere? Is Othere based on a real person?

Vikings creator, Michael Hirst, blends historical fact with fiction for the show’s storylines but many of the characters are based on real people. Is the new character Othere (played by Ray Stevenson) based on a real person? has everything you need to know.

Who is Othere? Is he based on a real person?

In Vikings, Othere is introduced as a mysterious new wanderer who Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Torvi (Georgia Smith) meet upon their arrival in Iceland.

He told the tale of the ‘golden land’ [present day America] which is where Torvi and Ubbe are heading at the beginning of Vikings season six, part B.

In the penultimate episode of Vikings season six, Othere revealed he could have a link to Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), who has been missing in Iceland since season five.

Othere revealed to Ubbe he was once a Christian monk named Athelstan (George Blagden), the same name of a character killed by Floki back in season three.

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He had been pretending to be Norseman in Iceland and adopted the name of Othere, the name of a wanderer he killed.

Othere is loosely based on the Norwegian explorer, Ohthere of Hålogaland.

Ohthere was a Norwegian seafarer who lived during the Viking Age (793-1066 AD).

There is only one account of Ohthere’s life which is recorded in an Old English version of the Latin historical book Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri VII [Seven Book of History Against the Pagans].

The version where Ohthere of Hålogaland’s existence is recorded is believed to have been written in Wessex after Othere met King Alfred of Wessex (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) in 890 AD.

In the account, Ohthere said his home was Hålogaland, which he described as the Northernmost point of the Norwegian provinces.

He is believed to have lived within the vicinity of Tromsø, northern Norway.
Ohterhe also described himself as wealthy, owning 600 tame reindeer and earning money from the hunting of whales and walruses.

The account also records that Ohthere spoke of his travels to north to the White Sea and South to Denmark.

He also spoke of Sweoland (present-day central Sweden).

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Ohthere’s account is the first written source which features the term Denmark [dena mearc] and Norway [norðweg].

There is no evidence of Ohthere of Hålogaland meeting with other real Viking figures, Floki, Kjetill Flatnose (Adam Copeland), Ubbe or Floki as portrayed in Vikings.

Additionally, there are no records of why he travelled to meet King Alfred of Wessex.

Anthropologist Ian Whitaker in the article Ohthere’s account reconsidered, in Aritic Anthropology, suggests that Ohthere was a merchant who had travelled to visit King Alfred in connection with Alfred’s plans to build a navy, which would help him escape Norwegian King Harald Fairhair (Peter Franzen).


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Who plays Othere in Vikings?

Ray Stevenson portrays Othere in Vikings season six.

Stevenson is a Northern Irish actor from Lisburn, County Antrim.

He is best known for playing Titus Pollo in the BBC/HBO series Rome, starring opposite Tobias Menzies, Polly Walker and Kenneth Cranham.

Stevenson has also starred in the seventh season of Dexter as Isaak Siro and Blackbeard in the third and fourth seasons of Black Sails.

Stevenson is known of this portrayal of Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone and for playing the character in The Super Hero Squad Show.

He also starred as the main character in the American biographical crime film Kill the Irishman about Irish-American gangster Danny Greene.

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