In Vikings Edit
Kattegat is where Earl Haraldson resided, and it is the center of his powers. Events such as The Thing and other meetings among the Vikings are held in Kattegat, and it's also the center of commerce for the area, especially considering its location in a fjord and its access to sea travel. Farmers such as Ragnar and producers of various goods rely on Kattegat as the primary market where they can sell their goods. Later, after Haraldson is slain in single combat by Ragnar, the Lothbrok family abandons its farm, which has been put to the torch by the earl's henchmen, and relocates to Kattegat, where Ragnar rules as the new Earl.
As Ragnar rises in status, Kattegat becomes the seat of his power and the center of his lands. His numerous raids bring much wealth to the town although it also suffers through several battles. Over time, it is shown to expand several times over. In the first episode of season four, Kattegat has expanded to fill the valley of the fjord and is now able to host the many ships coming back from the raid on Paris. The wealth of the city pours into Kattegat and feeds the flourishing trade. After the defeat of Ragnar in Paris, Aslaug becomes the sole ruler of Kattegat and transforms it into a city. Sas killed by Lagertha when she comes back to reclaim Kattegat; Lagertha subsequently builds extensive fortifications around the city. Kattegat is attacked by Egil and his men, but they are repulsed and Egil is captured.
Description EditWhen King Ragnar was in Wessex, Aslaug was killed by Lagertha in cold blood shortly after her surrender. The current Queen is the Shield-maiden Lagertha. The heir to the throne is, presumably, Ragnar and Lagertha's son, Bjorn Ironside.
The court of Kattegat is composed:
- Queen Lagertha;
- Prince Bjorn;
- Prince Ubbe;
- Prince Hvitserk;
- Prince Ivar;
- The Seer.
Former members of the court:
List of rulers of Kattegat (Earldom > Kingdom):
Geographical Description Edit
The Kattegat (Danish: [ˈkʰad̥əɡ̊ad̥]) or Kattegatt (Swedish: [ˈkatːəˈɡatː]) is a 30,000 km2 sea area bounded by the Jutlandic peninsula in the west, the Danish straits islands of Denmark to the south and the provinces of Västergötland, Scania, Halland and Bohuslän in Sweden in the east. The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Danish Straits. The sea area is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as a bay of the Baltic Sea or the North Sea or, as in traditional Scandinavian usage, neither of these.