Joined Nov 1 2011
Thorgil Ragnarrsson the Bloodaxe is a storyline/roleplaying character created by Ralph E. Laitres (created 1995). The first-ever published book on Thorgil's adventures was released in Sept 2011.
Thorgil has a large fan base and loyal Brotherhood following on Myspace;
and now on FaceBook
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The titled book; "Thorgil Bloodaxe, Enter the White Queen" was released through FriesenPress in Sept 2011 and is previewed and available for purchase in their online bookstore;
About Thorgil Bloodaxe;
Thorgil Ragnarrsson the Bloodaxe is the fourteenth son of the exiled and disinherited Danish prince named Ragnarr, who was the son of Sigurdr Hringr the King of Gotaland.
Thorgil's mother was the comely-looking Sonja of Verdal (Ragnarr's fifth wife), the daughter of a Norge chieftain. Sonja died in child-labor giving birth to Thorgil.
The son of Ragnarr was born during the last few ruling years of the Norge king; Harald Gra'fell the son of Eirik.
During the reign of Haakon Sigurdsson, a vassal king of the Danish king; Thorgil at the age of eight was branded a "Holtakari" a Forestman for the crime of committing murder upon the siblings of a wealthy Jarl whose sons provoked the youngster into the deadly fight.
About Ralph E. Laitres;
I am a man with a very active imagination. It has been said that I am cut from a different piece of cloth and that I like to think outside of the normal box of creativity, be it, if it applies to my artwork or writings. I enjoy writing about Thorgil and all his friends. Since his creation way back in 1995, the Viking character has grown and evolved. He has been well accepted by many and has a large following.
I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps (1980-90). I graduated Marine boot camp (Parris Island S.C.) in September of 1980. That was a very proud moment for myself, was glad to get off that island. Since then, I with my wife (Laurie Laitres) have visited Parris Island twice to view the graduation of our sons; Michael Driscoll (proudly served 6 years, and now a Roughneck with a drilling company), and Kyle Driscoll (attached to 2/7 Comm Bn at 29 Palms Ca..). In 2010, we traveled to Fort Benning Georgia to view our son; Nicholas Laitres graduate from Army boot camp/infantry training, and is now attached to the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood Texas.
In the Marines, I was trained as a Marine Combat Engineer with the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Combat Engineer Bn. I received my basic MOS training at the old G-4 range at Camp Lejeune N.C. (1980) where I received instructional training in explosives and demolitions, landmine warfare, boobytrapping, improvised devices, obstacles, employment of standard and hasty-protective minefields, and field fortification.
Years later, I became an instructor at the G-4 range (1983-1985) and the Engineer Training Area F12 Range (1986-1990). We were tasked to train U.S. military personnel; Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and foreign military personnel in the use of explosives and to respect land mines.
In 1989, I completed the Euro NATO special instructor course from the Euro NATO Training Engineer Centre (ENTEC). In that same year, myself and several other instructors were sent to a CIA run school that fine-tuned our skills in the use of advanced demolitions and the construction of improvised devices and booby trapping.
In 1990, I was discharged from the Marine Corps (Sgt, Senior Instructor) to start my career as a Correction Officer (retire; 1 April 2011).
In the mid-1990s, I volunteered as an instructor with the Young Marine program; the Griswold Growlers (Griswold Young Marines). In 1997 I became the Commanding officer and that summer at Camp Rowland in Niantic, our unit took the overall trophy award for having the best military knowledge, overall discipline and motivation.