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The Viking Sagas (1995)

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The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of... See full summary »

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Kjartan
Ingibjörg Stefánsdóttir ...
Gudrun
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Gunnar
Þórir Waagfjörð ...
Bolli
Hinrik Ólafsson ...
Ketil (as Hinrik Ólafson)
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Jón Baldvinsson ...
Thord the Strong
Rúnar Björnsson ...
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Axel Cortes ...
Warrior
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Eirik the White
Bjørn Floberg ...
Sighvat
Gaukur Gunnarsson ...
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Rúrik Haraldsson ...
Magnus
Raimund Harmstorf ...
Valgard
Dagbjartur L. Herbertsson ...
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The film chronicles a long-ago time when men relied not on their intellect to make points, but on their swords. A mythical warrior ('Ralf Moeller (I)') wanders the snow-capped landscapes of the North territories on an arduous quest for vengeance. Amid nobles and schemers, saints and brutes, and lovers and fools, this Viking swings his sword for his family's honor, his beloved's hand, and the very survival of his pitiless culture. Written by rottentomatoes.com

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For the love of his woman. For the honor of his family. For the survival of his people.

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Rated R for brutal and bloody Viking combat, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Narrator: During all his years of exile, he had dreamed of Gudrun, but now Gunnar saw that he could never have her. For the first time in his life, the great warrior was beaten.
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A reasonably accurate retelling of ancient stories
18 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a refreshing retelling of stories that I read as part of my honors thesis way back when. Unlike recent Hollywood epics, this film gives a real sense of the land, its heritage and its people. I recall seeing a great foreign film in 1969 entitled Hagbard and Signe (The Red Mantle in the rest of the world). This film echoes that earlier epic both in content and beauty. (Unfortunately, the earlier film is nowhere to be found.) I would highly recommend both of the films, along with the original Pathfinder for anyone who shares an interest in the sagas and who also desires realism in a Nordic film. (Note: I would that Hollywood would do away with the horned helmets, dragon boats,etc. in films that deal with the Nordic sagas.)


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