Vikings season 6: Who is Dir? Is Dir based on a real person?

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Rurik was the founder of the Rurik dynasty, which ruled the Kievan Rus’ and its successor states – the Grand Duchy of Moscow, the Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia, the Novgorod Republic and the Tsardom of Russia, until the 17th century.

According to The Primary Chronicle, Dir and Askold were sanctioned by Rurik to go to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

On their way, they settled in and ruled over the town of Kiev. However, Kiev was soon seized by Oleg and Askold and Dir were killed in the battle.

Oleg then made Kiev the capital of his newly created state, known as the Kievan Rus’.


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