why Athelnar is canon


• ragnar sails all the way back to england to find athelstan

he has dreams about athelstan like all the time

because this:

he asks athelstan to join him in bed TWICE  

because praying 

athelstan left england despite his position and importance with king ecbert to go live with ragnar again

because holding and stoking hands 

because he tried his best to give him a christian funeral 

ragnar gave up his religion and his chance of being reunited with his friends and family in valhalla and demanded that he be baptised so that he could be reunited with athelstan in heaven