Beside the Othala/Odal rune, the Algiz (also called Elhaz) rune can be seen on the trees and as the shape of a sacrificial pole. Algiz is the name conventionally given to the "z-rune" of the Elder Futhark runic alphabet, from the Common Germanic word for "elk" and it is thought to represent the divine might of the universe. See more »
The hiking appears to take place in or around summertime. According to the map they are in Sarek which is far up north in Sweden where the sun never sets in the summertime, in the movie it's pitch black in the night. See more »
My old scoutmaster used to say 'If the shortcut was a shortcut, it wouldn't be called a shortcut, it would be called a route'.
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Making effective use of its isolated setting to ratchet up the tension & amp up its claustrophobic aura, The Ritual begins on a promising note, gets even better with a sturdy middle act that reeks of mystery & dread but all the potential it had of finishing as a chilling example of its genre is ultimately squandered by its underwhelming final act.
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