Vikings is the epic historical drama series which tells the story of Viking legend Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel) and his sons. Since Ragnar’s death in season four, his sons Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), Sigurd (David Lindström) and Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) have become the focus of the drama. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Ubbe, who avoided the battle for Kattegat in the midseason finale.
Who is Ubbe? Is Ubbe based on a real person?
In Vikings, Ubbe is the son of Viking hero, Ragnar Lothbrok and his second wife, Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland).
He is also the brother of Bjorn, Hvitserk, Sigurd, and Ivar.
In the Vikings season six, part A finale, Ubbe and his wife Torvi (Georgia Hirst) set sail to the ‘Goldenland’, which is presumably present-day America, in search for Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) who has been missing since season five.
Vikings show creator Michael Hirst has blended historical fact with fiction throughout the series in terms of storylines, but many of the characters are based on real historical figures.
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Ubbe is believed to be based on the famous military commander Ubba.
Ubba was a real Viking and one of the commanders of the Great Heathen Army.
The Annales Lindisfarnenses et Dunelmenses and Historia de sancto Cuthberto, both written in the 11th and 12th centuries, place Ubba as coming from Frisia, which had been occupied by Danish Vikings.
In particular, the Historia de Sancto Cuthberto describes Ubba as the ‘dux’ – the leader of the Frisian’s.
As portrayed in Vikings, the Great Heathen Army was established by the son’s of Ragnar Lothbrok, to avenge their father’s death.
Ragnar had been killed by King Aelle (Ivan Blakeley Kaye) who threw him into a pile of snakes, where he died from venomous bites
The Great Heathen Army invaded Anglo-Saxon England throughout the 860s.
In 865, The Great Heathen Army overwintered in the Kingdom of East Anglia, before invading and destroying the Kingdom of Northumbria.
They then went on to conquer East Anglia, killing their ruler, King Edmund in 869.
Unfortunately, not much is known about King Edmund as all that remains of his reign are his coinage.
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The first contemporary source to mention King Edmund is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, which detailed The Great Heathen Army’s invasion of East Anglia and Edmund’s death in battle.
Later hagiographical accounts portray Edmund in an idealised light, who sacrificed his life to defend his country and Christianity.
Many secondary historical sources associate Ubba with the campaign against the East Angles and with Edmund’s martyrdom.
Overtime, Ubba alongside his brother Ivar were regarded as archetypal Viking invaders and opponents of Christianity.
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Who plays Ubbe in Vikings?
Jordan Patrick Smith stars as Ubbe in Vikings on Amazon Prime and History.
Before Vikings, Smith was best known for playing Andrew Robinson in the Australian soap opera Neighbours until 2012.
Vikings fans may recognise him for his performance as Cliff in Angelina Jolie’s film, Unbroken.
In Unbroken, he starred opposite Jack O’Connell and Domhnall Gleeson.
Smith is also well known for his role as Private Mulrooney in the BBC series Banished.
In 2016, he joined the cast of Vikings, making his debut in season four.
Vikings season 6 is streaming on Amazon Prime and History now
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