Vikings: Did the real Ivar the Boneless have children?

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Alex Høgh Andersen portrayed Ivar the Boneless in the last two seasons of Vikings. In the final 10 episodes of Vikings, Ivar became a father but did the real Ivar the Boneless have children? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Did the real Ivar the Boneless have children? 

In Vikings, Ivar the Boneless is portrayed as the father of two children, Baldur and an unborn child. 

Vikings may be a historical drama but not every detail in the show is historically accurate.

For example, show creator Michael Hirst has blended historical fact with fiction to tell the tell story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, Ivar the Boneless, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), Sigurd (David Lindström), Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) and Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig).

The real Ivar the Boneless is not believed to have fathered any children. If he did, there is no record of his offspring in any historical accounts.

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There is also no mention in historical records of Ivar the Boneless ever being married in real life.  

He disappears from historical records after the year 870, and there is very little detail about his personal life.

The reason why Ivar had no children can potentially be explained by his name ‘Boneless’. 

The term ‘Boneless’ represents many things, for example, it could represent Ivar’s disability.

Several sagas describe Ivar as lacking legs or bones and a passage in the Tale of Ragnar’s Sons suggests Boneless revers to Ivar’s impotence.

Additionally, Ivar is not believed to have crossed path by any of his lovers in Vikings, despite them also being based on historical figures. 

In the series, Ivar is romantically linked to Freydis (Alicia Agneson) and Princess Katia.

In season five Freydis gave birth to her first child, Baldur, with Ivar being officially recognised as his father.

However, the true father was believed to be an unnamed servant of Ivar.

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In the end, Baldur was killed by Ivar after he learned his son was born with a deformity.

In Vikings season six, Ivar the Boneless was introduced to Princess Katia, the wife of Prince Oleg of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky).

To Ivar, Katia bore a striking resemblance to his wife, Freydis, who he had brutally killed in season five.

However, Freydis’s death had always haunted Ivar and Katia’s presence brought him comfort due to her resemblance with Freydis.

Katia was eventually able to seduce Ivar and they had an illicit affair, with Katia falling pregnant, unknown to Oleg.

Katia’s loyalties soon lay with Ivar, Igor and Dir and with her unborn child, she helped overthrow her evil husband, Prince Oleg.

Following Oleg’s death and as Ivar planned to say goodbye to Kattegat, Katia revealed she was pregnant with his child. 

When Ivar invited her to come with him to England, Katia refused, stating she would stay in Katia and make the world known Ivar the Boneless was the father of her child.

Whether Katia’s baby was really Ivar’s remains unknown and sadly, Vikings fans will never know.

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