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FOVI In the Footsteps of the Vikings

In the Footsteps of the Vikings
History and Travel Portal

Travel trough the Europe following the ancient Vikings' routes!
Look at the MAP! Find your town in the map and use the link to go straight to the location!
About... Viking game and history travel portal: The Vikings once travelled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and even America. So more and more cities and municipalities will be shown in FoVi portal by the time. Enjoy travelling In the Footsteps of the Vikings! It's free thanks to our sponsors. The viking learning game will be released spring 2012.



Vikings Television Series

At last, we can now wait for a coming Viking adventure television series - and one that seems quite authentic, too. MGM's film “Vikings” of 1958 was not bad, at least when taking into account the standards of the time. The same company is now on the job and with the same name - or at least as a working title.

About actors do we not yet have information at this time. Instead, about the studios we know: in Ireland (World 2000). It is also a co-operation in question, so the Canadian Take 5 Productions studios are involved.

Behind the project are The Tudors and Camelot masterminds Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan. Hirst, creator of Showtime’s The Tudors and co-creator of Starz’s Camelot, created Vikings and will executive produce with O’Sullivan, John Weber and producers/managers Sherry Marsh and Alan Gasmer.

Studio work is therefore carried out mostly in Ireland. We'll see after all, where from all the possible locations, the shootings will take place. For example, Norway is interested. Aftenposten has written about the matter a long article 22.3.2012.

However, some people in Norway have the opinion that such projects are for poorer countries;-)

Iceland is certainly interested.

There are suitable landscapes in many places. It is about what other benefits can be provided for the film group. Direct income for “destination” countries will be little, rather there are some costs. But film and television series tourism is one possible source of income, and of course other lifting up as a tourist destination.

Perhaps this could be some sort of lifeline for Iceland. And there’s much know-how in Iceland, about film and television production in general, as well as music and games.

About the scenery however, one has to ask oneself whether they should be according to the story. After all, it is a different matter if we are in Iceland or in Norway. If the story is based on history, even in part, the landscapes should fit. I think. Of course, the visualization can be manipulated, so that the actual landscape is shown, but parts are shot separately. The film companies are masters at this. Not to mention the use of computer graphics, which are offered to us maybe all too often. Vikings series, however, will be more authentic representation of the era, and less computer game like fighting, in style of “Pathfinder”.

TV series will be at first realized in 10 parts and it will be presented in autumn 2013. The client and the distributor, at least in the United States, is History Channel, for which Vikings is the first completely dramatic historical series, and in that sense a major opening. If the Vikings succeed, then maybe we'll see more authentic historical series in the future.

There are certainly difficulties to get going with such a concept; combining information and entertainment to learning, but from our perspective this is a very good goal and a reason to hope for success of the project.

MGM informs: “There is no better way to introduce the world to the new MGM Television Studios than with a powerful and epic drama like 'Vikings,'” said MGM TV's President, Roma Khanna.

History channel’s general manager Nancy Dubuc:
“This is an amazing crossroads for History embarking on our first scripted series,” said the channel’s general manager Nancy Dubuc. “People think they know about the Vikings – we see references to them all the time in our popular culture from TV commercials to football teams – but the reality is so much more fascinating and complex, more vivid, visceral and powerful than popular legend.”

"Personally, I have had a long interest in Viking culture, in pagan mythology and the brilliant and mysterious stories of gods, giants and human beings which make up the Norse sagas," said Michael Hirst. "There is something so vital and exciting in the fact that most contemporary cultures were shaped and affected by men and women who emerged from the lonely vastness of Scandinavia in the dark ages of the 8th Century and navigated vast oceans and rivers in boats of magnificent craftsmanship to conquer and to colonize. In a way, we are all Vikings now. In popular culture, in the cinema, yesterday and today, Viking culture and Viking gods are used to create lethal drama. But it's a cheap and cartoonish representation; a lazy nod in the direction of something truly deep and significant. How much better to dramatize what really happened! Working with MGM, HISTORY and the show producers I want to get closer to the truth. Because the truth is more unbelievable than anything you could imagine."

We monitor how the project progresses

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2012-09-18 Multi-language support by Google Translate removed, at least temporarily.

2012-05-04 Loviisa sponsors Fovigame. An agreement signed.

2012-05-02 New news available! Look at the left beneath!

A Viking Treasure found in Gotland, Sweden

A bronze vase, with thousands of silver coins, has been found in Gotland island, outside the east coast of Sweden. The treasure is exceptionally large for its age. Archaeologists consider whether it was ment to be a safety deposit or perhaps a purse for the afterlife. More...

BEAR TOOTH - an Archaeological Exhibition in the Museum of Loviisa, Finland

The museum's prehistoric exhibition is open from April 22 to September 30, 2012, and presents Loviisa region Stone Age and Iron Age discoveries as well as dwellings. The exhibition includes tools, arrowheads, jewelry and ceramics.

Loviisa sponsors Fovigame. An agreement signed 2012-05-04.


"Vikings" as TV Series from MGM and HISTORY Channel.

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