Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends a village from the attacks of Grundewald, a warlord/ice demon and befriends the enigmatic Hilda, a lonely and beautiful girl who sings haunting songs (and who hides a terrible secret).
Did You Know?
This was the first movie where now legendary Hayao Miyazaki
and Isao Takahata
(later founders, along with Toru Hara
, of Studio Ghibli) worked together. At the time, Miyazaki was simply an inbetween artist at Tôei Animation (then known as Tôei Dôga), but his talent brought him to the attention of Setsuyo Matoba
, who was the production supervisor. In order to find a role for Miyazaki, a "chief animator and concept artist" role was specially invented. See more
When the wolves attack the village, Horus runs out of the village to face them head-on and try to kill their leader, Silver Wolf. In his absence, Potom, the village chief's son, encourages everyone to tear the logs from his father's barn to build a barricade against the wolves. Afterwards, when Drago is trying to turn the Chief against Horus, the Chief recalls that Horus encouraged everyone to break up his barn, but it was his son Potom who did that, not Horus, who was outside the village at the time. The error is found in both the English subtitles and the English dubbed dialogue. See more
[watches connivingly as Hilda mesmerises the entire village with her beautiful singing
I have a good idea... I can make use of her.
Sure, you can make use of her... if only to ruin yourself.
The English-dubbed version from AIP-TV changed the location of the film from Northern Japan to Norway. See more
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