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-->''"The old Gods are fading out\\
The old Gods are no longer true\\
I will burst the chains\\
I will break you loose\\
The time has come to crush the old world! To crush the old values!\\
The time has come for the old Gods to call in the horns for the final battle!"''
-->-- '''Music/{{The Leather Nun}}'''

'''''Valhalla Rising''''' is a 2009 film (released in the States in 2010), directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Creator/MadsMikkelsen. The film was shot entirely in Scotland, and takes place in 1000 AD.

For years, One-Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the chieftain Barde. Aided by a boy, Are, he kills his captor and together they escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One-Eye and Are board a Viking vessel but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that first disintegrates as they sight an unknown land. As the new land reveals its secrets and the Vikings meet a ghastly fate, One-Eye discovers his true self.
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!!Tropes featured in ''Valhalla Rising'' include:

* AllThereInTheScript: Are and Barde are not named in dialogue, and the end credits just list the actors playing One-Eye, "Pagans", and "Christian Vikings." The film's official website also gives One-Eye's name as "Harald", but it is never mentioned in the film or credits.
* AnAxeToGrind: One-Eye's main weapon for most of the movie is an axe.
* ARealManIsAKiller: And how!
* TheAtoner: One-Eye accompanies the Christians on their crusade when he is told that he can cleanse his soul by committing to the cause
* AudibleSharpness: Not only with swords and knives being unsheathed, but even ''an axe being calmly moved through the air.''
* {{Badass}}: Well, the main character is so ruthlessly and emotionlessly good at killing that the other Vikings are afraid of him.
* BoundAndGagged: Being a prisoner, One-Eye spends a lot of time in chains. Not gagged, but, well, he doesn't talk anyway.
* BreakingTheFellowship: By the end, the group has started to break up and turn on one another in panic.
* CombatPragmatist: One-Eye uses any means available to him when in a fight.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The British DVD cover presents the film as a ''Film/ThreeHundred''-style action movie, rather than the bleak suspense thriller which the box actually contains. European covers were generally more loyal.
* CrapsackWorld: There are three distinct groups of people in the movie: Norse pagans, Norse Christians, and [[spoiler:Native Americans]]. All three of them are introduced either murdering people or having just finished murdering people.
* TheCrusades
* DeathOfTheOldGods
* DreamSequence: Often hard to distinguish from the real story. Strongly implied that One-Eye can [[spoiler:see the future in his dreams]].
* {{Gorn}}: Oh God, so much.
* GladiatorGames: One-Eye's captors bet on the outcome of his fights.
* GrimDark: Even in the full sunlight of rolling green hills, it manages to be both grim and dark.
* HandicappedBadass
* {{Hell}}: The men think they're actually there after a while, and not without good reason.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:One-Eye.]]
* InTheBack: One man ''does'' stab one of his allies in the back while hugging him!
* KidSidekick
* LeFilmArtistique: Quite so.
* MudWrestling
* MysteriousProtector: One-Eye becomes this to Are.
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: One-Eye quickly dispatches of the man who means to kill Are, thinking him a curse.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: One-Eye is forced to deliver many of these.
* NoNameGiven: The main character's real name is never given, mostly because he doesn't talk, and is christened "One-Eye" by the kid (for obvious reasons).
* NorseMythology: Alluded to in the movie title though, and in One-Eye himself, who's name is one of Odin's nicknames. Odin had traded an eye for knowledge; similarly, One-Eye can see the future.
** One-Eye also shares traits with Vidar, the God of Vengence and Odin's illegitimate son, who was silent, associated with nature and had great strength.
** Sacred wells where a common motif and important to the norse pagans. When One-Eye baths in a natural well he finds the arrow that sets him free.
** The placing of a man's head on a pike is not random violence; the vikings whould put the head of an horse on a pike with runes carved on it as part of a ritual to curse someone. This was known as a nithing pole.
** One of the three norse underworlds where called Nifelheim: ''Mist Home''
* NothingIsScarier: Most notable in the OminousFog sequence. The movie doesn't get its horror factor from violence, but from its consistently bleak and dreading atmosphere, some strange imagery, and the [[PsychoStrings sound]][[ScareChord track]].
* OceanMadness: One of the Vikings, while stranded at sea, breaks down and drinks sea water.
* OffWithHisHead: The fate of [[spoiler:the warden who imprisoned One-Eye]], as well as others.
* OminousFog: Gets the group horribly lost.
* PetTheDog: One-Eye's relationship with Are.
* PrecisionFStrike: When a guy gets shot by an arrow, the rest of the team start screaming and swearing profusely. It's quite a shock considering most of the rest of the film involves very little talking in general. In fact, even when the man at the beginning is having his entrails removed, there is no swearing at all!
* ProtectedByAChild: Are cares for One-Eye, who in turn protects him on their journey.
* PsychoStrings
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Averted. [[{{Squick}} Yeesh.]] And [[{{RightThroughHisPants}} ambiguous]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* ReligiousHorror: All over the place.
* ReluctantWarrior: One-Eye is enslaved and forced to fight.
* RiverOfInsanity: In the middle part of the movie.
* TheSavageIndian: [[spoiler:They end up in ''North America'' and One-Eye gets beaten to death by Native Americans. They are not any more savage than the Norsemen, however; their aggression is possibly caused by the Norsemen desecrating a burial ground earlier.]]
* SceneryPorn: Many beautiful shots of the Scottish highlands.
* SilenceIsGolden: There are long, ''long'' stretches of film with no dialogue whatsoever.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The film clearly draws a great deal of influence from ''AguirreTheWrathOfGod'', with its European warriors blundering through the New World, adrift on a river, beset by [[InjunCountry hostile natives]], slowly going insane, and ultimately meeting a bad end.
* TranslationConvention: The vikings all speak modern Scottish English, while historically they would have spoken the Caithness dialect of Old Norse.
* TheSpeechless / TheVoiceless: it's never clarified if One-Eye ''can't'' speak or just ''doesn't.''
* WithMyHandsTied: Literally!
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film makes very few historical claims, but even then they don't match up very well. TheCrusades were triggered in 1095, about a century later than the purported setting of the movie.-- While the period around 1000 AD saw indeed some violent confrontations between pagans and Christians in Norway, such religious struggles had little impact in the British Isles. Then again, it's never really specified whether the first part of the movie is supposed to take place in Scotland (where it's filmed), or possibly in Norway.
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