A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Weilew
Herger - Joyous (as Dennis Storhoi)
Anders T. Andersen ...
Wigliff - King's Son
Skeld - Superstitious
Weath - Musician
Mischa Hausserman ...
Rethel - Archer
Neil Maffin ...
Roneth - Rider
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis ...
Halga - Wise (as Asbjorn Riis)
Helfdane - Fat
Daniel Southern ...
Edgtho - Silent
Oliver Sveinall ...
Haltaf - Boy
Sven Wollter ...


Sheikh ahmed ibn fadlan leads a group of savants from Baghdad according to the caliph's request to meet the demand of the Bulgarian's king, Almash Yaltwar, who asked to learn about the Islamic religion to find explanation for the most important question: how can this religion, which comes from the heart of the desert, create the biggest empire in the world?

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody battles and carnage | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eaters of the Dead  »

Box Office


$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,267,756 (USA) (27 August 1999)


$32,694,788 (USA) (26 November 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


The Historic Ahmed Ibn Fadlan traveled as an emissary to the land of the Volga Bulgars to convert them to Islam. And on his way he encountered Turks in Central Asia and Russian and Varangians (Volga Vikings). He returned in 923 and no record after this date refers to him. See more »


When Herger takes Angus' head, Angus is facing Buliwyf and a waist-high rock, but when Herger walks away and Angus falls, Angus has turned 180 degrees and is facing away from Buliwyf and towards a much taller rock. See more »


[Buliwyf is dying slowly of poison]
Buliwyf: You're wearing that long face for me?
Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: [small smile] I cannot help it.
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User Reviews

A rare but good Viking movie.
6 May 2002 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

I was thinking while watching this movie, why are there hardly any viking movies made? There is a good recipe for an action movie with Vikings what with the fighting,raping and pilliging and the 13th Warrior is a good action movie, although the Vikings are the good guys in this. Antonio Banderes plays an arab who is picked to fight as a warrior against an unknown race of people who attacked a village of Vikings. This has the feel of the Seventh Samarai of the Magnifiscent Seven ,the few oppressed against the many. While this film has nothing it it to make it a brilliant film it is very watchable and i would advise you to watch this if you are into war/action/adventure movies. 7 out of 10.

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