Have You Driven a Fjord Lately? Recommended Viking Flicks

Top 13 Viking FilmsWhat full-blooded movie fan—male or female—doesn’t love a good Viking epic?

You get strapping Alpha Males dressed in cool helmets. You get swordfights and looting and names like Ragnar and Rollo and Enid. Occasionally, there’s a blonde Norse-babe and, if you are lucky, even a falcon or fiery funeral at sea or two.

The current mini-series Vikings, which has been airing on the History Channel, has just been renewed for a second season. Created by Michael Hirst (who gave us Camelot and The Tudors) and filmed in picturesque Ireland, Vikings is an appropriately rugged macho adventure saga. The series centers on the heroic Ragnar Lothbrook (Travis Fimmel), a Norse warrior with expertise at pillaging Western lands, in the company of a crew that includes a sidekick, his son, a monk and his tough-as-nails wife (Kathryn Winnick). Standing in their way is a vicious Viking leader (hey, it’s Irishman Gabriel Byrne) who doesn’t want Ragnar to go on his expeditions. From the first episode on, the series doesn’t shy away from elaborate violent altercations, and may remind audiences of the Spartacus series on Starz, minus the nudity and extensive gore.

But Vikings isn’t the only offering these days getting into the Norse latitudes. November will see Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to the hit 2011 Marvel Comics adaptation ($181 million in the U.S.), coming to theaters, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the hammer-wielding hero.  No doubt there will be a few direct-to-DVD wannabes in the mix, too.  Also in the pipeline for the summer is Hammer of the Gods, described as “a bloody action epic set in an ancient world of ruthless violence in which a dying Viking king sends his son on a quest to seek out his older brother-the clan’s only hope for defeating an approaching enemy horde.” The British film—also the name of a book about Led Zeppelin–stars Twilight alumnus Charlie Bewley, Vikings co-star Clive Standen and Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo. Can the Hagar the Horrible film be far behind?

As a kid growing up in the 1960s, I had affection for all things Viking. I always wanted to go to Norway.  I recall that one of the coolest TV commercials of the era was for Erik Filter Tipped Cigars. A Viking ship sails on a foggy river with a big city in the background. A blonde dude in a black turtleneck pulls a cigar out of the carton and lights up. He takes a puff and a blonde woman walks over. The commercial narrator says “Erik—still the most interesting idea from Scandinavia…since the blonde.” The woman snuggles up to the guy. “Erik—natural, menthol, cherry,” intoned the narrator. 

No, I didn’t wind up smoking Erik Cigars, but I wanted to. Not only to get the blonde, but to look like that male model with the turtleneck.             

Making an even bigger impact on me was The Vikings, the 1958 film starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, and a soon-to-be diced-and-sliced-in-the-shower Janet Leigh as the uber-blonde. Since I was one year old at the time of its release, I must have seen it on TV, probably on NBC’s “Saturday Night at the Movies.” My father had a way of steering me towards guy movies, and this sure has his thumbprints all over it.

But aside from that current show Vikings, the 1958 effort and a few others, the subject of Vikings hasn’t necessarily had an easy voyage in theaters. Maybe that’s because the subject straddles different genres and calls for different approaches. You have action, of course. You have some history. And you have a fantasy element, especially when Odin, the Viking god and ruler of Asgard, comes into it. So which way does a filmmaker go? And will the audience respond favorably to a film that is likely to cost some major dollars?

It seems that potential Viking-related projects appear and disappear quicker than a horn of mead and a plate of skause in front of a pack of hungry Norsemen. There’s a long-in-the-works Mel Gibson picture that—for guess what reason?—will probably never come to fruition. There have been others bandied about, and perhaps they will get the go-ahead, since the TV series has performed well. 

We’ve managed to come up with a list of Viking-oriented titles that are worth your attention. So, in the name of Odin, read on.

Prince Valiant (1954): The popular comic strip which debuted in 1937 became a colorful spectacle helmed by Henry Hathaway (True Grit), and starring Robert Wagner (in his first lead role) as the page-boy-headed hero. He’s the son of a deposed Viking king and queen who goes to England, where he trains as a knight for King Arthur. He plans to go back one day to help his family regain their power, but first he must defeat the Black Knight (James Mason) who is in cahoots with Sligon (boxer Primo Carnera), the evil leader who took the throne away from his family in the first place. Swordfights, jousts and bad haircuts. Who could ask for anything more?

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957): Roger Corman directed this ultra-low-budget adventure in the exploitation trade. A group of hot Viking gals (led by Abby Dalton) go on a trip to find their missing men, but soon get into trouble encountering a huge sea creature and an evil tribe holding their men captive. Chintzy special effects! Stilted dialogue! “The Dance of Desire!” Stock footage! Tacky rear screen projection! In the name of Odin…

The Vikings (1958): This one has it all: battles, sibling rivalry, long ships, falcons, hawks plucking an eye out (ewwww), triumphant music, a blonde Welsh princess (Janet Leigh) and a macho, macho cast. Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) helms the mayhem that ensues when Viking half-siblings–warrior Elnar (Kirk Douglas, who also produced) and former slave Eric (Tony Curtis)—vie for the love of the princess. Enemies at first, and unaware they are brothers, the two eventually unite to battle the English king slated to marry the princess. It’s complicated but also comic book-y, with Douglas and Ernest Borgnine, as father to Kirk and Tony, chewing the glorious Norway location scenery.

Erik the Conqueror (1961) and Knives of the Avenger (1966): Speaking of Italian genre experts, Mario Bava (Danger: Diabolik, Baron Blood) helmed these two Italian Viking-oriented outings with American Cameron Mitchell in the leads.  Erik the Conquerer is an unofficial remake of 1958’s The Vikings, with Mitchell abandoned as a child, along with brother Giorgio Ardisson.  They later find themselves battling each other, with Mitchell as a Viking warrior and Ardisson as a British monarch. Made between Bava’s hits Black Sunday and Black Sabbath, Erik is an example of style over substance and budgetary restrictions, boasting impressive camerawork and exciting action sequences. Knives of the Avenger is a real mish-mash that stirs peplum, Norsemen, the supernatural and pirates into a saga that uses the story of Shane (!?) and the trappings of a spaghetti western. Mitchell is Rurik, a Viking loner who comes to help a woman and her son when an evil regent tries to threaten her.

The Long Ships: Viking Films You Need to SeeThe Long Ships (1964): Eight years after the box-office success of The Vikings, that film’s ace cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, took to the directing chair for this enjoyable tale that many people describe as “the movie with the big bell.” The “big bell” is, in fact, a huge golden bell dubbed “The Mother of All Voices,” and sought by both a Viking warrior (Richard Widmark) and a Moorish sheik (Sidney Poitier). Reportedly, the actors weren’t thrilled with the script; but the movie, though goofy in spots, manages to be entertaining and easy to watch, thanks in part to the Yugoslavian scenery and an opening sequence designed by Maurice Binder of the James Bond titles fame.

The Viking Queen (1967): Hammer Studios was behind this loony tale of Vikings and Druids and barely clad female characters…oh my! The title character is played by model Carita, whose mother was a Viking queen and whose late father was the king of the tribal Britons. Upon his death, Carita gets involved in a forbidden romance with a Roman official (Don Murray), and leads her people to revolt against the occupying Romans. Lovely Carita, Viking maiden, shines more with the sword, the chariot, and with glitzy armor than in the acting department.    

The Norseman (1978): The box-office failure of this one put a dent in Viking movie production for a while. Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors sports a disco mustache and well-coiffed hair as Thorvald, a Viking prince from Greenland, who sets out to the New Land to rescue his father, King Eurich (Mel Ferrer), from the Native Americans that captured him. An aged Cornel Wilde,  Christopher Connelly, Jack Elam, gridiron stars Fred Biletnikoff and Deacon Jones, and one-time Tarzan Denny Miller add to the macho level of this testosterone-fueled adventure.

Erik the Viking: The Director Son’s Cut (1989): The Vikings seem like a surefire target for spoofing, but despite the talented folks in front of and behind the camera, this one left audiences cold. Tim Robbins plays the title character, who has tired of looting and pillaging. He gets a calling to journey to a remote land, and find a magical horn that will end the bloodshed and misery. This was once a Monty Python project that went through a change after member Graham Chapman got ill. Director Terry Jones (Life of Brian) managed to recruit John Cleese to play Robbins’ nemesis as well as Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt and Imogen Stubbs. Oh, yes. This version is actually shorter than the already truncated theatrical version, as it was edited by Jones’ son, for whom the original story was written.

The Viking Sagas (1995): Michael Chapman, best known as a cinematographer for such films as Raging Bull and The Fugitive, helmed this violence-strewn epic with Ralph Moeller (TV’s syndicated “Conan,” Gladiator) as Kjartan, who battles evil Vikings out to snatch his father’s land and his gal. Kjartan gets help in his quest from a veteran warrior (Sven-Ole Thorsen, also of Gladiator). The action sequences are furiously gory, and Moeller is quite a presence, even without showing off his pecs.

The 13th Warrior (1999): This movie had all sorts of problems, including extensive reshooting, a title change (it was once called “Eaters of the Dead”), several delays in its release date and, eventually, its dumping by its distributor (Disney) when it was finally issued in theaters. Was it worthy of the problems? Based on a book by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) and directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard),  the picture stars Antonio  Banderas as an exiled Arab ambassador during the 10th century who, along with his servant (Omar Sharif), joins a group of barbaric Vikings on a mission to stop demonic creatures wreaking havoc on the populace.  The film was extremely cut down from its original two hour-plus running time to 103 minutes. We’d love to see the film restored, with its full sequences added to the thunderous Jerry Goldsmith score and excessive blood.

Pathfinder (2007): Karl Urban (Dredd, RED) plays a man of Viking heritage who was left in the New World and raised by Native-Americans. When a Viking pillaging party arrives, Urban must defend his adopted people from the marauding warriors. Likened to “the cover of a heavy metal album coming to life,” Pathfinder—a remake of a 1997 film—is light on depth but heavy on atmosphere (fog, backlighting, nasty weaponry), under the guidance of German director Marcus Nispel (the 2011 Conan, the 2003 Texas Chain Saw Massacre).  

Outlander (2008): Another mish-mash of Viking lore and science fiction, this time with Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) as a futuristic time traveler who lands his ship smack dab in the middle of the 8th Century on Norwegian Viking turf. The problem is that he brings a beast called a Moorwen (a cross between the creature from Alien and a saber-toothed tiger) with him. Once the critter starts enjoying a smorgasbord of the area residents, Caviezel sets out to stop it. John Hurt is a king, Sophia Myles his sexy daughter, and Ron Perlman a Viking rival with lousy etiquette in this one-of-a-kind whatchamacallit. Who says you can’t bring a laser gun to a swordfight?

Valhalla Rising (2009): Anyone familiar with the films of Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson)  should not be surprised by the level of violence in this unusual, blood-splattering spectacle. Mads Mikkelsen, the TV series “Hannibal” and the villain in Casino Royale, plays a mute slave who, upon his release into captivity, joins a slave boy and a crew of Christian Vikings on a mission. They are off to the Holy Land, but a navigation error because of heavy fog lands them in the New World, where they encounter new dangers.  An unsettling—sometimes off-putting—mix of an Aquire: Wrath of God-like quest film, blood-soaked exploitation, and environmental fantasia, Valhalla Rising plays like The Vikings co-directed by Terrence Malick and Italian gore specialist Umberto Lenzi.  

  • captrr

    Irv, I’ve got a few years on you so I remember seeing “The Vikings” in a movie theater. And like you, I was suitably impressed. I never forgot the falcon plucking Kirk’s eye out…and my favorite scene…throwing those hatchets into the drawbridge so Douglas can scale the castle walls, lower the gate, and allow his Vikings in to kill all…except lovely Janet Leigh in the tower. Great film making…that’s why my parents took me…we all loved it, though my attempts to replicate the hatchet act by throwing my Boy Scout hand ax into the maple tree in the back yard did not invoke a positive response from my father.

    And then the Viking funeral at the end, the Long Ship engulfed in flame. I did that many times on Winton Lake near my home with my plastic models. So what if it was the battleship Missouri or the carrier Forrestal. I’d set them afire and push them into the lake to watch my primitive modeling efforts burn…and as I told my father, giving them “a Viking funeral.”

    So now I have “The Vikings” on DVD…and watch it at least three times a year, with the volume in the home theater system at max level. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore!

    • movieirv

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. The haunting theme song also made it memorable for me.

      • fbusch

        There have been only a few “Viking” films that bring the hackles on my neck up, and the blood lust to a boil for me. The first was the Vikings, Oddly, the great horn still awakens my memories. The Long Ships while good, still seems a bit off because the cast just didn’t fit. Prince Valiant was a good one except for Valiant himself, ( another case of just not macho enough). I’d watch 13th warrior every week if I had time. your explanation of the few instances of choppy editing give me an answer to the only problem I had with the film. Oddly, the best line in the film was “I can’t lift this, answered by grow stronger”. As a very young boy, my first “viking” funeral was in “Beau Geste”, With a dog at his feet. Has stuck with me for close to 65 years. Trivia,,, The Norse were not vikings, their expeditions and raids were seasonal and to go on one of these was to go aviking. And they controlled the land from eastern Russia to constantinople at their peak.

        • movieirv

          The Long Ships has an interesting history behind it in that the performers didn;t really like making the film, espoecially Widmark. while no tin the same league of The vikings, it is still a rousing adventure yarn IMHO. and thanks for the mini history lesson.

    • hiram

      I also saw it in a theater, and have watched it a couple of times on DVD. When a woman wrote a column about great older movies for kids in our local paper, nearly all them featured female leads, so I wrote an amendment about movies for boys. THE VIKINGS was my No. 1 recommendation. The pseudo-Sibelius main theme is one of the truly unforgettable musical motifs in movie history. I agree that the leap across the moat to grab the axe handles is the highlight, although there is so much in the movie (like Borgnine jumping into the wolf pit and Curtis losing his hand as punishment). One of the greatest of purely fun movies. Today’s superhero franchises pale in comparison.

      • movieirv

        Thanks for writing in. There is so much great stuff in this film, and thnaks for reminding about a few greta scenes I had forgotten about!

    • movieirv

      Thanks for chiming in. The great thing about movies is that they bring back memories and cement a bond among other fans of the same film.

  • ganderson

    Hear, hear! Thanks for a fun post on one of my favorite genres (I actually have a ‘Ragnar’ in my ancestry, from Iceland). I agree with ‘captrr’ on a couple of the great scenes in ‘The Vikings’ – add to those another one when Kirk and crew return home from a long sea voyage and the crew, in celebration, “walks the oars” — strolling along the oar handles outboard of the ship. The producers said it was the first time in almost a thousand years that the ceremony had been performed. And, to top it off, Kirk Douglas is actually out walking the oars himself, without a stunt double, and he nearly goes into the drink at one point. The cinematography is absolutely breath-taking and I get a kick out of the shaggy little norse ponies with the bristly manes — where did they find them? I’m also a big fan of ‘The Long Ships’ (“you will feel the kiss of the mare of steel” – icky!) and love the scene where they first find the fabulous bell and it turns out to be only about a foot tall, or is it? And I think ‘The 13th Warrior’ is much underrated, though it certainly had its faults. The title ‘Eaters of the Dead’ comes from the Crichton book, which was his effort to retell the Beowulf legend in a way to make it interesting to the modern reader and to explain the fantasy elements in a plausible way (Crichton’s explanation for the savage Grendel and his minions? – a lost colony of neaderthals). Lastly, speaking of Beowulf, add to the list the 2007 animated version and two live action films in 1999 (Christopher Lambert) and a 2005 Canadian version.

    • movieirv

      I considered the Beowulf pictures for the article, but we were alreayd running too long and I wanted to get soem in there that people may have overlooked. I’d love to see a reworked version of “the 13th Warrior” with the edited footage added back in. Sadly, the director is now in prison!

  • Jimjn2

    The Vikings with Kirk Douglas is by far the best Viking movie to date. I have it on DVD. Next is The 13th Warrior without a doubt. I also really liked the Long Ships. It was a
    fun one.

    • Allan Andersen

      I agree. Why can’t i find a copy of the film or the music. I have been searching for years.

      • movieirv

        Film o rmusic for which film?

    • glasspolish

      Those would be my top three also. I have all three and most of the remainder, but I’m not anxiously pursuing the ones that I don’t have. Another movie, not listed, is Warlord with Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, and a few other well known actors. Although Vikings are only a small element in the film, their presence is needed for the plot to unfold.

      • movieirv

        Yes, I recall The War Lord and there is a Viking angle. thanks for pointing this out.

  • Enrique F. Bird

    “The Vikings” was a big thrill for me to see around 1960 or 1961. It definitely is the greatest of Viking movies. What puzzles me is why it is not better regarded as a top epic of the times, a la “Ben Hur”, “Spartacus” and others. Consider: a top notch cast, a great, complicated script, varied action, great original action scenes like those mentiones above, a great hero death scene, the burial, the music score (isn’t it one of the greatest ever? I recognize it right away, and remembered it vividly from the time I saw it on the movies to the first time watched on video (more than 25 years!). I used tu somewaht underrate it, but have corrected this. My sons, well over 20, like it and, as myself, will pick it up the rare times it is shown. By the way, has anyone done an article about movies where both Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis appeared together? Seems to me there were several, but can only recall “Spartacus” and they are not at the same level there. It seems to me you ommited ‘The Tartars”, with Victor Mature and Orson Welles. A few years after “The Vikings”, it seems to me that it was mistitled intentionally, as it was more Vikings than Tartars – I seem to recall it being billed locally as “The Tartars vs. the Vikings”. I loved it when seen back in 1961 or so, but find it distressingly dissapointing today.

    • movieirv

      The artcile was running long to begin with, but I thought of that film as well, but didn;t include it. I guess I’ve forgotten to mention taht Orson welles narrates the beginning of The vikings as well.

  • mike48128

    My all-time favorite Viking movie is still “Prince Valiant.” That clip where the burning oil is dropped on the enemy from animal “skins” has been recycled countless times in various old movies and TV shows, including “The Time Tunnel.” Robert Wagner does only a slightly better job than Tony Curtis, with his infamous Brooklyn accent, in similar movies. Fox’s sets look kind of tacky. Not much better than the “B” grade castles used by everyone else. The music, of course is very “heroic” and the plot is very “corny.” It’s one of my “guilty pleasures. Certainly not “Robin Hood” but a lot of fun.

    • movieirv

      Prince Valiant stayed true to its ocmics origins, so those expected soemthing more relaisitc would be disappointed. On that basis, I consder it a success.

  • RAMM – DVD-OCD

    Great list! A footnote of potential interest per ‘The Vikings’ – as was noted – Richard Fleisher who directed Disney’s classic epic ’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ helmed this rousing saga as well AND brought Disney designer supreme, Harper Goff, along with him to act as Art Director. Goff is a somewhat elusive personage in the movie world but his iconic designs for the Disney version of Jules Verne submarine Nautilus (both its’ exterior and interior look) are etched in the minds of a generation of Sci Fi fans. Much of the exceptional visual quality of ‘The Vikings’ can be attributed to his masterful ability to capture the mood of a given period.

    • movieirv

      I was unaware of the contributuons of Harper Goff. thanks for pointing that out. I think cinematographer Jack Cardif had much input into the look of the film as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.hanson.1610 Thomas Hanson

    I can understand most of the criticisms made ref Viking movies. What I can’t understand is the critical beating 13th Warrior took when it was released. Even with the butchering that truncated it it made sense as a take on Beowulf, was cold and gloomy as anyone could want, has seriously fine action scenes and a wonderful ending. Magnificent direction by John Mctiernan (the language-learning scene in the opening “act” has a highly subtle way of showing us a language being simply picked up and not studied). I too would like to see a restored directors cut on dvd. It might have been a masterpiece. As it was and is I think that had it been filmed in black and white and Norse by somebody whose first name was Sigurd It might have been nominated for a best foreign film Oscar.

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  • Chester

    The Vikings is probably tops but The Long Ships was a very fine follow up a couple of years later, with a humorous lean! Has anyone mentioned Sword of Lancelot? Vikings figured into that film, and aside from being a Cornel Wilde fan, it was a pretty decent film!

  • roger lynn

    I so loved The King’s pirate with Doug McClure,,he made some great films in the 60′s they will not release them on dvd/blu ray,,this was my fave used to watch it all the time when it was shown on tv,,,this LONGEST HUNDRED MILES,NOBODY’S PERFECT,,,,,,KING’S PIRATE IS STILL MY FAVE PIRATE VIKING MOVIE,……………………

  • awaywrdsn

    Recommend Dark Kingdom : The Dragon King

  • Charles M Lee

    Would Beowulf be considered a Viking movie?

    • http://twitter.com/vicegirls Nik

      The story itself is Anglo-Saxon, while the characters and setting are Norse, but the events of the story take place before the Viking age, Beowulf being set sometime between the 5th and 7th centuries and the Viking age generally being considered between the late 8th and 11th centuries.

      • Charles M Lee

        Very informative thanks

  • Charles M Lee

    I remember seeing the Vikings at a neighborhood theater (anyone remember those?) back around 1962. I was enthralled with the movie. The Viking funeral scene sticks out for me with the ship being set ablaze. I also like The Long Ships – easily the best theme for a Viking movie – but I felt it could have been better. I think the studio was trying to rush something into production to capitalize in Sidney Poitier’s rising star. It was right after he had one the Oscar. Still it was a pretty good movie. Although not mentioned, I love Beowulf. I liked it for its strong sense of place. I think it really did a great job of depicting how people lived back then, Also I am partial to dragons.

  • DMena

    I loved The Vikings. “Hail Ragnar” (Ernest Borgnine). “The Long Ships” is second on my list. “What do you know of the bell?”

    • Anonymouse

      Indeed, for example, Olaf Trygvasson pillaged and raided in the name of God. Also, he killed anyone who didn’t convert to Christianity. He was a swell guy.

  • Elias

    Christian vikings? Seriously?

    • Hirdman

      Not all that unusual towards the end of the viking age. There are lots of sunestones with christian motifs and weaponry found with christian symbols on them. The wolf cross, for example is often seen as a crossover between the hammer of Thor and the christian cross.

      • Anonymoose

        Indeed, for example, Olaf Trygvasson pillaged and raided in the name of God. Also, he killed anyone who didn’t convert to Christianity. He was a swell guy

        • Alexander Christensen

          yeah but that was at the end of the viking ages. no christian symbols were used in any way by “vikings” as people call them. first when they converted to christianity they began using it. the people from the north didn’t even accept jesus so in all of the first paintings of jesus from scandinavia he was a musculair strong guy. u guys should’nt get your info from the internet, alot of shit in here is wrong. you must understand much much much more about cultures from scandinavian countries now and before to understand better. actually christianity stole storyes from the old norse religion and from a lot of other religions. its kinda like a mix of religions. the hammer of thor has nothing to do with a cross. all christian signs in scandinavia was either stuff that was traded or stolen before they became christia. vikings had a long fight against christianity and was probably the biggest threat to the religion. one time they attacked rome and stole gold ect. they could have taken the country like they did to paris but went off instead. there is a lot you guys don’t know, and probably a lot more you guys have gotten wrong. :)

          • Hrafnbjorn

            The reality of Christian vikings requires one to first specify the region in question. There were Christians in Scandinavia during the end of the Vendel Period, and even before the creation of Catholicism the Arian (not to be mistaken as Aryan, the name comes from its founder Arius) Christians were in the Dansk lands. So yes, there were Christian vikings, even in the beginning of the Viking Period. So, the ‘conversion’ of Scandinavia came in the late Viking Period, but that doesnt mean there were no Chirstians in Scandinavia. For example Willibrod a.k.a Apostle to the Frisians, was in the Danish lands during the early 8th century, the very beginning of the Viking Period. Also, during the Vendel Period, many Goths/Geats from Gotland, and Southern (modern) Sweden had left Scandinavia to raid in lower Europe (eventualy sacking Rome), and some (the Herulians- not a tribe, but a war band) went back again after converting. Typicaly the ‘conversion’ of European countries refers not to Christianity period, but to Catholicism, which was not the first form of Euro-Christianity.
            -Hrafnbjorn

          • ironside

            they did not attack rome but luna,an italian city which they believed was rome,

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  • Glenn Folkvord

    Any list of Viking films leaving out When The Raven Flies from Iceland is not a good list! It’s possibly the best Viking film ever made.

  • Elizabeth Burgess-Angel

    You can split hairs all you want. The Nordic people were converted to Christianity because they were bribed with farmland and gold. Money talks and bull$hit walks. My people were opportunists. They may of made good face for the Christianity cause, but the pagan ways are still alive. Albeit not as prevalent.

  • Justin McVay

    As much as I like Mads Mikkelsen’s work, Valhalla Rising was just weird. Plus there is that whole SPOILER ALERT……………..butt rape scene…..blah. Certainly not what I expected when I started watching it.