‘Vikings Valhalla’ Season 3: Does Jomsborg really exist? Exploring the iconic location of a Netflix show

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “Vikings: Valhalla” Season 2 introduces Jomsborg, a new and pivotal setting poised to become as crucial to the series as Kattegat.

While the show is set more than a century after the events of the original “Vikings” series, it revisits key locations such as Kattegat and Uppsala.

Both of these places faced devastation from Christian berserkers and Olaf Haraldsson’s army in Season 1. While Kattegat is rebuilt and adapting to new leadership, Uppsala lies in ruins.

In Season 2, pagans left without a home or refuge were taken to Jomsborg, regarded as the new Uppsala. Freydis became a beacon of hope for that community, believing she had found her rightful place in Jomsborg.

However, she discovered dark secrets held by Jomsborg and its leaders, sparking vital changes within the community.

Given that Kattegat is a real historical location, viewers might wonder if Jomsborg is similarly rooted in history or if it is a fictional creation for the series.

This question adds another layer of intrigue to the show’s blending of historical fact and creative storytelling, inviting audiences to explore both the real and imagined worlds of the Viking Age.

What are the historical origins and location of Jomsborg?

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Jomsborg, presented in “Vikings: Valhalla” Season 2, was a real place but is considered semi-legendary due to limited reliable sources.

Its exact location is unclear, but it was probably on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, near the eastern outlet of the Oder River. The Gesta Wulinensis ecclesiae pontificum, discovered in 2019, is the only source providing an exact location.

Some archaeologists believe that it matches descriptions found in the sagas, suggesting Jomsborg could be the current city of Wolin in northwestern Poland.

According to the Knytlinga Saga and Fagrskinna, Danish king Harold Bluetooth built Jomsborg, while the Jomsvikinga Saga attributes its foundation to Danish Viking Palnatoki.

Descriptions of Jomsborg align with its portrayal in “Vikings: Valhalla”, depicting it as a fortress with a harbor, a stone tower with catapults, and an iron gate controlling the harbor entrance.

The Heimskringla saga tells that Magnus the Good, son of Olaf Haraldsson and nephew of Harald Hardrada, destroyed Jomsborg as part of consolidating his control over Norway and Denmark.

What is the meaning of Jomsborg in Season 2 of ‘Vikings: Valhalla’?

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In “Vikings: Valhalla” Season 2, Jomsborg undergoes a significant transformation under the leadership of Freydis following the death of Harekr.

While historical records do not depict Jomsborg as a pagan temple or sanctuary, the series takes creative liberties to portray it in that light.

Freydis takes control, opening the temple to all residents and ending the exploitation endured under Harekr’s rule.

With ambitions to establish Jomsborg as the new Uppsala, Freydis plans to train residents as warriors and shieldwomen, potentially making Jomsborg a formidable community.

However, threatening threats remain. Olaf’s son Magnus could seek revenge for his father’s death, posing a new danger to Jomsborg’s newfound stability.

As tensions rise, Jomsborg faces uncertainty about its future safety and status in the tumultuous world of “Vikings: Valhalla.”

“Vikings: Valhalla” trailer.

“Vikings: Valhalla” seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Netflix.

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