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Shadow of the Raven (1988)

Í skugga hrafnsins (original title)
Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other ... See full summary »


Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
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Complete credited cast:
Reine Brynolfsson ... Trausti
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir ... Isold
Egill Ólafsson ... Hjoerleifur
Sune Mangs ... Bishop
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Sigrid
Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir ... Sol
Helgi Skúlason ... Grim
Johann Neumann Johann Neumann ... Leonardo
Helga Bachmann Helga Bachmann ... Edda
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Egill
Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Ketill
Flosi Ólafsson ... Erikur
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ... Fostra
Rúrik Haraldsson Rúrik Haraldsson ... Lawman


Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other clan leader. Isold, daughter of Erikur now takes his place. Isold and Trausti are attracted to each other, but Isold was promised to Hjoerleifur - the son of the Bishop (of Iceland) and his powerful wife. However, Isold has a plan... Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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Through part of the "Viking-trilogy" and often put in lists of the best film about the viking age, the film does not feature any vikings. See more »


Sol: Daddy, will you play with me?
Trausti: I will play with you later Sol. Now I will play with Hjoerleiurf
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Referenced in Beowulf & Grendel (2005) See more »


Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns
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Much Better Than First Episode
23 June 2014 | by TheLurkingFoxSee all my reviews

Compared to the first episode of the saga (although the plot has nothing to do with this one's) - it's obvious there's more budget, and that makes for much better camera work and costumes.

Also, (and although budget shouldn't have anything to do with it), now there's a plot. The same theme (revenge) is treated in a much more interesting way here. One key way in which this movie is more effective is that we get to know the character(s) before they die. We see treason. Therefore when the main character wants revenge, it doesn't seem completely gratuitous: We actually understand his motives and even root for him.

The "Christianity in Iceland" theme, which was already here in the precedent movie, is also much more interestingly developed. Trausti is a believable "convert": He professes his Christianity and he wants to believe in "Jesus Christ" but in the end he is a Norseman who (presumably) grew up with Nordic beliefs. He believes in Vengeance, he believes in Jesus Christ but isn't entirely indifferent to Odin (and for someone raised in a polytheistic faith this is only natural).

It doesn't hurt that (most of) the first movie's ridiculous synth-peruvian-flute score has been abandoned in favour of more time-appropriate medieval tunes. The camera work is also much better, with beautiful landscapes and the feeling that Iceland is bigger than *that one shore*.

All around a surprisingly good movie (even though the best Viking movie around in my opinion still is, by far, Utlaginn).

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Sweden | Iceland | Norway


Icelandic | German

Release Date:

23 October 1988 (Iceland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Krýsukvik, Iceland See more »


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ISK200,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Fujicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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