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Lagertha’s career as a warrior began when Frø (Old Norse Freyr), king of Sweden, invaded Norway and killed the Norwegian king Siward. Freyr put the women of the dead king’s family into a brothel for public humiliation. Hearing of this, Ragnar Lodbrok came with an army to avenge his grandfather Siward. Many of the women Freyr had ordered abused dressed themselves in men’s clothing and fought on Ragnar’s side. Chief among them, and key to Ragnar’s victory, was Lagertha. x

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