Vikings season six will premiere on Wednesday, December 4 on the History channel in the US and the following day (Thursday, November 5) on Amazon Prime Video. Joining the cast for the final season is Danila Kozlovsky as Prince Oleg of Novgorod, the founder of the Kievan Rus state. The trailer for the final series confirms that Prince Oleg and Ivar (played by Alex Høgh Andersen) will work together to invade Kattegat.
How did the real Prince Oleg die?
The circumstances of how Prince Oleg died remains unknown and continues to be disputed by historians.
However, it is widely agreed that he died as a result of a snake bite in 912.
Prince Oleg was succeeded by Igor of Kiev, who ruled until his assassination in 945.
There are several myths and legends surrounding the death of Prince Oleg told in various Viking Chronicles.
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The legendary death of warrior-princes is common in literature at the time, as they gave more importance to the lives of rulers.
According to the legend in the Primary Chronicle and other Kievan sources, it was prophesied by the pagan priests that Oleg’s death would be passed through his beloved horse.
To challenge the prophecies and alter his fate, Prince Oleg got rid of his horse but many years later asked his men about its whereabouts.
Prince Oleg was taken to the stallion’s grave, where he touched its remains.
After touching the skull, Oleg was bitten by a poisonous snake, which killed him.
Oleg’s death lived on the Scandinavian saga of Orvar-Odd and Alexander Pushkin ballad ‘The Song of the Wise Oleg.’
The Primary Chronicle states that Oleg was buried in Kiev whereas the Novgorod First Chronicle claims he is buried in the town of Ladoga.
The Novgorod chronicle, one of the earliest Russian chronicles, is the only medieval source giving a different account of Oleg’s death.
The chronicle describes Oleg as a military commander and suggests he may have died in battle “beyond the seas.”
In 912, the Khan of the Khazars allowed the Rus Vikings access through the Don River to the Volga and on to Persia (present-day Iran).
The Vikings raided Persia, killing many inhabitants in the process.
On their way back from Persa, the Khazars took revenge on the Vikings for the killings.
According to the Novgorod Chronicle, 30,000 Rus people were killed in the attack and one of them may have been Prince Oleg.
Oleg of Novgorod remains today remains are yet to be discovered.
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Who is plays Prince Oleg in Vikings?
Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky stars as Prince Oleg in Vikings season six.
Kozlovsky is a 34-year-old actor and director from Moscow.
He is best known for his theatre and television career in his home country.
In 2005, he received the Russian Guild of Film Critics award for the best male actor of this role in the film Garpastum.
He then went on to star in the films Black Hunters and Jolly Fellows.
He is best known internationally for his role as Dimitri Belikov in the film Vampire Academy, starring alongside Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry.
Kozlovsky also starred as the villain in Hardcore Henry and as Grigory Mishin in McMafia.
Vikings season 6 premieres Wednesday, December 4 on History US and Thursday, December 5 on Amazon Prime
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