Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process. A young boy is spared when a Viking takes pity on him instead of killing him. Iceland 20 years later: The boy returns to take his revenge on the killers, the Norwegian foster brothers; Thord and Eirik, by cunning and hidden weapons.
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To him the vengeance was all that mattered - to her forgiveness (Swedish theatrical tagline)
Did You Know?
The film contains several nods to the Icelandic sagas, medieval prose narratives of heroes and family histories of the viking age. The vikings setting fire to the enemies' house in order to force them out and kill them is a common tactic in sagas like "The Story of Burnt Njáll", "Eyrbyggja Saga" and "Sturlunga saga". The stealing of a horse dedicated to a god and the religious angst that follows harkens to the fate of Hrafnkell Freysgoði, protagonist of "Hrafnkels saga". Thord's and Erik's exile to Iceland due as political refuges from king Harald Hairfair, the supposed first king of Norway, bring to mind the reason for Norse migration to Iceland presented in Landnámabók and the family of Egil in "Egil Skallagrímsson's Saga" and the family of Ketill Flatnose in "Laxdæla saga". "Landnámabók" is also brought to mind by the viking who refuses to kill Gestur as a child, much like Olaf the Childlover of "Landnámabók". A mysterious stranger named Gestur brings to mind the title character of the legendary saga "Story of Norna-Gest". Erik's broken necklace, used as a sign between him and his father to ensure that a messenger carrying it is indeed their messenger is borrowed from a broken coin which serves a similar function in "The Saga of Gisli". See more
Olaf the Childlover
What are we supposed to do with this one?
He is young. The journey would kill him.
Kill him. He is old enough to have seen to much.
Referenced in Hellsaga
Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns See more