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-->''"Þessi hnífur á að vera þungur."''


* WeaponOfChoice: Gest has his throwing knifes. As well as a [[SwordCane spear hidden in a cane.]]

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* WeaponOfChoice: Gest has his throwing knifes. As well as a [[SwordCane spear hidden in a cane.]]]]
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'''The Raven Trilogy''' is a series of Icelandic-Swedish [[HornyVikings Viking films]] written and directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson [[note]]the first one was co-written by Producer Bo Jonsson[[/note]] (who's first name means "Raven"). The films include ''When the Raven Flies'' (1984, aka as Revenge of the Barbarians), ''Shadow of the Raven'' (1988) and ''The White Viking'' (1991). The films are not traditionally connected, but all take place in the same world in various stages of UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge and deals with the same themes; family, revenge and religion. Although full of anachronisms and inventions, the film where (at the time) one of the truest portrait of Norse people and Vikings. The films are as follows:

* ''When the Raven Flies'': Essentially [[AFistfulOfRehashes Yojimbo with Vikings]], as a child, the family of Gest is killed be marauding vikings from Norway. 20 years later, the vikings have fled Harald Fairhair and set up in Iceland and Gest comes to wreck vengeance. The film takes place in the 9th century.
* ''The Shadow of the Raven'': In a re-telling of Tristan and Isolde, Icelander Trausti return home after studying theology in Norway and is drawn into a bloody vendetta when his clan engage in a feud over a stranded whale. The film takes place in the 11th century.
* ''The White Viking'': King Olaf Tryggvason forces the young viking Askur to covert Iceland to Christianity, while holding his pagan wife Embla hostage in a monastery. The film takes place in the 10th century.

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'''The Raven Trilogy''' is a series of Icelandic-Swedish [[HornyVikings Viking films]] written and directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson [[note]]the first one was co-written by Producer Bo Jonsson[[/note]] (who's (whose first name means "Raven"). The films include ''When the Raven Flies'' (1984, aka as Revenge a.k.a. ''Revenge of the Barbarians), Barbarians''), ''Shadow of the Raven'' (1988) and ''The White Viking'' (1991). The films are not traditionally connected, but all take place in the same world in various stages of UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge and deals with the same themes; family, revenge and religion. Although full of anachronisms and inventions, the film where films were (at the time) one of the truest portrait portraits of Norse people and Vikings.Vikings ever made. The films are as follows:

* ''When the Raven Flies'': Essentially [[AFistfulOfRehashes Yojimbo with Vikings]], Vikings]]: as a child, the family of Gest is killed be by marauding vikings from Norway. 20 Twenty years later, the vikings have fled Harald Fairhair and set up in Iceland and Gest comes to wreck wreak vengeance. The film takes place in the 9th century.
* ''The Shadow of the Raven'': In a re-telling of the myth of Tristan and Isolde, Icelander Trausti return home after studying theology in Norway and is drawn into a bloody vendetta when his clan engage engages in a feud over a stranded whale. The film takes place in the 11th century.
* ''The White Viking'': King Olaf Tryggvason forces the young viking Viking Askur to covert Iceland to Christianity, while holding his pagan wife Embla hostage in a monastery. The film takes place in the 10th century.



* AFistfulOfRehashes: Like ''Film/AFistfulofDollars'', the film is an unofficial adaptation of ''Literature/RedHarvest'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', but features enough original material and characters not to be considered a full on rip-off.

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* AFistfulOfRehashes: Like ''Film/AFistfulofDollars'', the film is an unofficial adaptation of ''Literature/RedHarvest'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', but features enough original material and characters not to be considered a full on full-on rip-off.



* ColorCodedCharacters: In ''When the Raven Flies'', Thord and his household wears dark colors and blacks while Erik wears reds. In ''Shadow'', Trausti's familiy wears blacks while Isault's wear whites and grays. The clan of the bishop wears yellows and browns. This even goes for their horses.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: In ''When the Raven Flies'', Thord and his household wears dark colors and blacks while Erik wears reds. In ''Shadow'', Trausti's familiy family wears blacks while Isault's wear family wears whites and grays. The clan of the bishop wears yellows and browns. This even goes for their horses.



** The one used by Thord, which you can see in the picture up there. It's a reconstruction of the Swedish [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/1d66a46764cf55da98a2e022a68445ce/tumblr_mgqppgOmkc1rwe100o1_500.jpg Vendel helmet No.XIV]] which is one of the dankest Medieval battle helmets ever made.
** Trausti get's a hold of it in ''Shadow'' and leads a squadroon of DoomTroopers with similar helmets.
** The helmets of king Olaf's soldiers have leather masks attached to them, like the Sutton Hoo-helmet.
* DarkerAndEdgier/LighterAndSofter: Odd example with ''The White Viking''. The theatrical cut intercuts the storylines of Askur and Embla. The darker parts of Embla's story is cut and the Icelandic storyline if more comic, making it slightly lighter than the other films. ''Embla'' on the other hand cuts the Iceland plot completely, taking away much of the humor, and reinserts a deeply tragic sideplot which changes the nature of the entire story. Also, the ending of ''Embla'' borders on downright DownerEnding.

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** The one used by Thord, which you can see in the picture up there. It's a reconstruction of the Swedish [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/1d66a46764cf55da98a2e022a68445ce/tumblr_mgqppgOmkc1rwe100o1_500.jpg Vendel helmet No.XIV]] which is one of the dankest Medieval coolest medieval battle helmets ever made.
** Trausti get's gets a hold of it in ''Shadow'' and leads a squadroon squadron of DoomTroopers with similar helmets.
** The helmets of king Olaf's soldiers have leather masks attached to them, like the Sutton Hoo-helmet.Hoo helmet.
* DarkerAndEdgier/LighterAndSofter: Odd example with ''The White Viking''. The theatrical cut intercuts the storylines of Askur and Embla. The darker parts of Embla's story is are cut and the Icelandic storyline if made more comic, making it slightly lighter than the other films. ''Embla'' on the other hand cuts the Iceland plot completely, taking away much of the humor, and reinserts a deeply tragic sideplot which changes the nature of the entire story. Also, the ending of ''Embla'' borders on downright DownerEnding.



* DeathOfTheOldGods: In the second film Iceland has (at least nominally) embraced Christianity. Rather than simply burning the old pagan idols, the Icelanders is shown to have symbolically buried them by placing them in the tombs of their pagan ancestors.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Essentially, Gest wanted to get revenge on three people: Thord, Erik and Björn. He ends up responsible for the deaths of way more people than that and many of them where innocent.

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* DeathOfTheOldGods: In the second film film, Iceland has (at least nominally) embraced Christianity. Rather than simply burning the old pagan idols, the Icelanders is are shown to have symbolically buried them by placing them in the tombs of their pagan ancestors.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Essentially, Gest wanted to get revenge on three people: Thord, Erik and Björn. He ends up responsible for the deaths of way more people than that and many of them where were innocent.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: King Olaf is an schizophrenic KnightTemplar that tortures and burns people alive, but he keeps the promises he has made and althrough he wants Embla for himself, he never forces himself upon her and keeps his promise that she won't be raped.
* EvilMatriarch: Sigrid in ''Shadow of the Raven'' tricks her son into killing his own cousin who he genuinly loved.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: King Olaf is an schizophrenic KnightTemplar that tortures and burns people alive, but he keeps the promises he has made and althrough although he wants Embla for himself, he never forces himself upon her and keeps his promise that she won't be raped.
* EvilMatriarch: Sigrid in ''Shadow of the Raven'' tricks her son into killing his own cousin who whom he genuinly genuinely loved.



* FanNickname: ''When the Raven Flies'' is lovingly called a both ''A Fistfull of Cod Fish'' or ''A Fistfull of Irish Silver'' by fans.
** Thrain Karlsson's character in ''When the Raven Flies'' has no name, but fans call him ''Olaf the childlover'' after a viking known for refusing to harm children.
* DoomTroopers: Trausti's hirdmen in ''Shadow'' wears dark cloaks and carry helmets with protective masks.
** The Christians in ''The White Viking'' up the ante with really creepy facial mask in leather and dress in black.

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* FanNickname: ''When the Raven Flies'' is lovingly called a both ''A Fistfull Fistful of Cod Fish'' or ''A Fistfull Fistful of Irish Silver'' by fans.
** Thrain Karlsson's character in ''When the Raven Flies'' has no name, but fans call him ''Olaf the childlover'' after a viking Viking known for refusing to harm children.
* DoomTroopers: Trausti's hirdmen hired men in ''Shadow'' wears wear dark cloaks and carry helmets with protective masks.
** The Christians in ''The White Viking'' up the ante with really creepy facial mask masks in leather and dress in black.black outfits.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Olaf I was probably not a pleasant fellow, but not the giggling maniac of ''The White Viking''.
* HollywoodHistory: Zig-zaged. ''Shadow'' and ''The White Viking'' are probably among the most historically correct viking films there are. That said, there are anachronism, such as the AwesomeButImpractical leather helmets/battle masks that are based on historical helmets, but that predate the viking age and where certainly not in leather.
* HornyVikings: Averts the Hollywood cliches and bases them self more around actual facts about the period. The tone is very faithful to the Icelandic sagas and certainly strives for authenticity. While certainly pretty authentic, it's certainly not without it's creative license with historical details.
* ImagineSpot: Through [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vague]] in ''The White Viking'', in ''Embla'' [[spoiler: it's made more clear that the vision Embla sees of her father calling for Odin is simply a hallucination and since the scenes explaining Askur's death was a ploy, his reappearance seems more like another hallucination.]]
* InfantImmortality: In the first film, Thord is lead to believe that Odin want's him to sacrifice his son. [[spoiler: The son is one of the few character's to make it, playing the trope straight]].
** Played straight and invoked in-story in the second film, where characters take care so Sol will not be harmed.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Olaf I was probably not a pleasant fellow, but not he wasn't the giggling maniac of ''The White Viking''.
* HollywoodHistory: Zig-zaged. ''Shadow'' and ''The White Viking'' are probably among the most historically correct viking Viking films there are. That said, there are anachronism, anachronisms, such as the AwesomeButImpractical leather helmets/battle masks that are based on historical helmets, but that which predate the viking Viking age and where were certainly not in leather.
* HornyVikings: Averts the Hollywood cliches and bases them self more around actual facts about the period. The tone is very faithful to the Icelandic sagas and certainly strives for authenticity. While certainly pretty authentic, however, it's certainly not without it's its creative license with historical details.
* ImagineSpot: Through [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vague]] in ''The White Viking'', in ''Embla'' [[spoiler: it's made more clear that the vision Embla sees of her father calling for Odin is simply a hallucination and since the scenes explaining Askur's death was were a ploy, his reappearance seems more like another hallucination.]]
* InfantImmortality: In the first film, Thord is lead led to believe that Odin want's wants him to sacrifice his son. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The son is one of the few character's characters to make it, playing the trope straight]].
** Played straight and invoked in-story in the second film, where characters take care so that Sol will not be harmed.



* ItMakesSenseInContext: The use of ''Á Sprengisandi'' and ''Sudurnesjamenn'' as themes beyond RuleOfCool is certainly this. It might seem odd to use two modern folk tunes in films set in the Viking age. Unless you are icelandic or familiar with these songs in particular that is. ''Á Sprengisandi'' which is used as the riding theme in ''Raven'' is the tune of a song about riding. In ''Shadow'', ''Sudurnesjamenn'', which is played in scenes surrounding the conflict of the stranded whale, is a song about fishermen in southern Iceland, where the film takes place.
* MadeASlave: Gest's sister, through it never made clear if she is still Thord's SexSlave or the lady of farm.
* MadeOfIron: Trausti survives a house burning to the ground, being stabbed with a spear and an attempt of boiling him alive.
* ManipulativeBastard: Gest is this. His ArcWords are "I am your guest" which is symbolic, because SacredHospitality was extremely important to the Vikings. The moment that Gest called himself Thord's guest, Thord ''HAS'' to accommodate him, even though it's obvious that Gest wants to kill him. Also, his speech about his various identities echoes Odin speech in Grimnismál, adding further insult to injury.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: The use of ''Á Sprengisandi'' and ''Sudurnesjamenn'' as themes beyond RuleOfCool is certainly this. It might seem odd to use two modern folk tunes in films set in the Viking age. Unless you are icelandic Icelandic or familiar with these songs in particular that is. ''Á Sprengisandi'' which is used as the riding theme in ''Raven'' is the tune of a song about riding. In ''Shadow'', ''Sudurnesjamenn'', which is played in scenes surrounding the conflict of the stranded whale, is a song about fishermen in southern Iceland, where the film takes place.
* MadeASlave: Gest's sister, through it never made clear if she is still Thord's SexSlave or the lady of the farm.
* MadeOfIron: Trausti survives a house burning to the ground, being stabbed with a spear and an attempt of at boiling him alive.
* ManipulativeBastard: Gest is this. His ArcWords are "I am your guest" which is symbolic, because SacredHospitality was extremely important to the Vikings. The moment that Gest called himself Thord's guest, Thord ''HAS'' to accommodate him, even though it's obvious that Gest wants to kill him. Also, his speech about his various identities echoes Odin Odin's speech in Grimnismál, adding further insult to injury.



* The protagonist of ''The White Viking'' are called ''Askur and Embla'', the first humans in Norse mythology.
* NakedInMink: Embla on her wedding night. Mind you that the actress was 17 when the scene was shot.
* NastyParty: The wedding in ''Shadow'' [[spoiler: basically turns into the Red Wedding when bishop Hördur's men set fire to Isault's farmstead and massacres anyone trying to escape]].
* {{Naytheist}}: Inverted with Thorgeir, he thinks religion is completely man-made but accepts people's need for belief. But he wants man to construct a peaceful god.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gestur [[spoiler: manages to kill Thord and avenge his family.]] The problem is, [[spoiler: his sister]] actually wanted to stay with him, not out of love for Thord, but for [[spoiler: the son she had borne him.]] The last scene is a shot of Gestur's [[spoiler: newly orphaned nephew]] digging up his throwing knives.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted. Animals where indeed harmed in the making of these films. The whale in "''Shadow''" was not real and the horses at the Thing, where not thrown down a waterfall (hence off screen). But in other cases, like the pig sacrificed to Freyr, it was real.
* NoNameGiven: Gest and his sister's names are never mentioned, in the first film overall, the only named main characters are Thord, Erik and Einar. Two minor villains are called Hjörleifur and Björn, the later is TheGhost. Thord's brother goes unnamed as does the mentally challanged assistant of Erik, who is referred to as "guard" in the official cast listings (the film credits the actors without attaching them to their character's names). Thrain Karlsson's character, the one who spares Gest as a child, is sometimes referred to as Olaf the childlover, due to his similarity to a similar character in Icelandic lore[[note]]Not a pedophile, a viking who refused to murder children[[/note]].
* IronicEcho: ''[[WhamLine He is old enough to have seen to much]]''
* KarmaHoudini: King Olav [[spoiler: if you don't his fate in history: he was eventually ganged up upon by Norwegian rebels, and the joint fleets of the Danes and the Swedes]].
** ''[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Norway from your hands my king]] ]]
* KnightTemplar: Olaf I is a nasty example of the trope. Unlike the other Christian villains, he is actually fully devoted to God to the level of letting go of all personal grudges if it could help the spread of Christianity, in contrast with Thangbrandur.
%%* KillItWithFire: All the films uses this, with ''Shadow of the Raven'' taking the cake.

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* The protagonist protagonists of ''The White Viking'' are called ''Askur and Embla'', the first humans in Norse mythology.
* NakedInMink: Embla on her wedding night. Mind you that you, the actress was 17 when the scene was shot.
* NastyParty: The wedding in ''Shadow'' [[spoiler: basically [[spoiler:basically turns into the Red Wedding when bishop Hördur's men set fire to Isault's farmstead and massacres massacre anyone trying to escape]].
* {{Naytheist}}: Inverted with Thorgeir, Thorgeir: he thinks religion is completely man-made but accepts people's need for belief. But he wants man to construct a peaceful god.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gestur [[spoiler: manages [[spoiler:manages to kill Thord and avenge his family.]] The problem is, [[spoiler: his is that [[spoiler:his sister]] actually wanted to stay with him, not out of love for Thord, but for [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the son she had borne him.]] The last scene is a shot of Gestur's [[spoiler: newly [[spoiler:newly orphaned nephew]] digging up his throwing knives.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted. Animals where were indeed harmed in the making of these films. The whale in "''Shadow''" was not real and the horses at the Thing, where Thing were not thrown down a waterfall (hence it happening off screen). But in other cases, like the pig sacrificed to Freyr, it was real.
* NoNameGiven: Gest and his sister's names are never mentioned, in the first film overall, film; the only named main characters are Thord, Erik and Einar. Two minor villains are called Hjörleifur and Björn, the later is TheGhost. Thord's brother goes unnamed as does the mentally challanged challenged assistant of Erik, who is referred to as "guard" in the official cast listings (the film credits the actors without attaching them to their character's names). Thrain Karlsson's character, the one who spares Gest as a child, is sometimes referred to as Olaf the childlover, due to his similarity to a similar character in from Icelandic lore[[note]]Not a pedophile, but a viking Viking who refused to murder children[[/note]].
* IronicEcho: ''[[WhamLine He is old enough to have seen to much]]''
too much.]]''
* KarmaHoudini: King Olav [[spoiler: if Olav: [[spoiler:if you don't known his fate in history: history, he was eventually ganged up upon by Norwegian rebels, and the joint fleets of the Danes and the Swedes]].
** ''[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Norway from your hands my king]] king.]] ]]
* KnightTemplar: Olaf I is a nasty example of the trope. Unlike the other Christian villains, he is actually fully devoted to God to the level point of letting go of all personal grudges if it could help the spread of Christianity, in contrast with Thangbrandur.
%%* KillItWithFire: All the films uses use this, with ''Shadow of the Raven'' taking the cake.



* PlayingBothSides: How Gest works. Thord figures it out and retells a story of a boy killing two giants using this method.
* PetTheDog: Gest saving the slaves on the beach. Through, this is a subverted version. Despite what he tells them, Gest was going to kill the slavers anyway, so saving the slaves was just something that happened to come along the way.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Trausti get one before his final confrontation: ''I will play with you later Sol. Now I will play with Hjoerleifur''.

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* PlayingBothSides: How Gest works. Thord figures it out and retells a story of about a boy killing two giants using this method.
* PetTheDog: Gest saving the slaves on the beach. Through, this is a subverted version. Despite what he tells them, Gest was going to kill the slavers anyway, so saving the slaves was just something that happened to come along the way.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Trausti get gets one before his final confrontation: ''I will play with you later Sol. Now I will play with Hjoerleifur''.



* PuttingOnTheReich: Thord wares a cape with swastika embroidery. Then again, swastikas was used by pagan Scandinavians but the use here clearly signals Thord as evil. Ironically, Thord is completely down with racial mixing.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: Thord wares wears a cape with swastika embroidery. Then again, swastikas was Swastikas were in fact used by pagan Scandinavians but the use their appearance here clearly signals Thord as evil. Ironically, Thord is completely down with racial mixing.



** Askur is a experienced viking, and is in his [[ChildSoldier mid teens]].
* ReCut: There are three different cuts of ''The White Viking''. The producer's cut, which is the version most people are familiar with, the 5 hour mini-series and the director's cut ''Embla'', which cuts out most of Askur's plot and focuses on Embla.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Invoked and subverted in the first film. Gest tries to play this against Thord and manipulates him by driving out the ravens of their nest, making Thord's farmstead be flooded with them, manipulating [[spoiler: Erik's corpse]] into appearing to have moved, stealing Thord's sacred horse after overhearing a Thord saying the dedication of the horse to Odin was a sufficient offering and turning around the idols of Odin and Thor once Thord questions if Odin wants him to sacrifice[[note]]Thord suspects this because Einar found Erik's cap brought by a raven, but demands Odin give him a sign because he can't believe that Odin would demand that of him[[/note]] But Thord is only manipulated by this because he does not think Gest exists and the things Gest do are sacrilege a Norseman would never dare to do. [[spoiler: Once Gest's sister reveals the plot to save Einar]] Thord buys it at once and is furious that his devotion has been turned against him.

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** Askur is a experienced viking, Viking, and is in his [[ChildSoldier mid teens]].
* ReCut: There are three different cuts of ''The White Viking''. The producer's cut, which is the version most people are familiar with, the 5 hour 5-hour mini-series and the director's cut ''Embla'', which cuts out most of Askur's plot and focuses on Embla.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Invoked and subverted in the first film. Gest tries to play this against Thord and manipulates him by driving out the ravens out of their nest, making Thord's farmstead be flooded with them, manipulating [[spoiler: Erik's [[spoiler:Erik's corpse]] into appearing to have moved, stealing Thord's sacred horse after overhearing a Thord saying the dedication of the horse to Odin was a sufficient offering offering, and turning around the idols of Odin and Thor once Thord questions if Odin wants him to sacrifice[[note]]Thord make a sacrifice.[[note]]Thord suspects this because Einar found Erik's cap brought by a raven, but demands Odin give him a sign because he can't believe that Odin would demand that of him[[/note]] But Thord is only manipulated by this because he does not think Gest exists and the things Gest do does are sacrilege sacrileges that a Norseman would never dare to do. [[spoiler: Once [[spoiler:Once Gest's sister reveals the plot to save Einar]] Thord buys it at once and is furious that his devotion has been turned against him.



* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard in official casting notes) kills Olaf the childlover, because he took Erik's threat against Olaf literary. Erik even gives him an annoyed glare after the deed but says nothing about it, because the Guard is likely mentally challenged and it would be no use. This only serves to fuel Thord's suspicions about Erik. But when Thord and his men attack Erik's farmstead, the Guard is spared because Thord's brother considers him to stupid to be killed. He the least intelligent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.
* YouKilledMyFather: In various form in every film. In the first the cycle of vengeance is shown as a dark and endless cycle, while the second film the main character is aware of this cycle and the film is about him desperately tries to break it.

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* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in-story in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard "Guard" in official casting notes) kills Olaf the childlover, because he took Erik's threat against Olaf literary. Erik even gives him an annoyed glare after the deed but says nothing about it, because the Guard is likely mentally challenged and it would be no use. This only serves to fuel Thord's suspicions about Erik. But when Thord and his men attack Erik's farmstead, the Guard is spared because Thord's brother considers him to too stupid to be killed. He is the least intelligent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.
* YouKilledMyFather: In various form forms in every film. In the first first, the cycle of vengeance is shown as a dark and endless cycle, endless, while in the second film film, the main character is aware of this cycle and the film is about him desperately tries trying to break it.



* VisualPun: Some creative uses in ''the White Viking''. The most notable is when Askur is having sex with the lady of the farm, and a statue of Freyr with a [[BiggusDickus rather impressive limb]] starts rocking[[note]]yes, that statue is actually historically accurate[[/note]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Back in 2005, Hrafn Gunlaugsson announced plans for a fourth film that would feature teenage and adolescent fundamentalist vikings in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland. The film will in all likelihood never be made.

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* VisualPun: Some creative uses in ''the ''The White Viking''. The most notable is when Askur is having sex with the lady of the farm, and a statue of Freyr with a [[BiggusDickus rather impressive limb]] starts rocking[[note]]yes, that statue is actually historically accurate[[/note]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Back in 2005, Hrafn Gunlaugsson announced plans for a fourth film that would feature teenage and adolescent fundamentalist vikings Vikings in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland. The film will in all likelihood never be made.


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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Helgi Skúlason is about to shoot you.]]]]



* ''When the Raven Flies'': Essentially [[AFistfulOfRehashes Yojimbo with Vikings]], as a child, the family of Gest is killed be marauding vikings from Norway. 20 years later, the vikings have fled Harald Fairhair and set up in Iceland and Gest comes to wreck vengence. The film takes place in the 9th century.
* ''The Shadow of the Raven'': In a re-telling of Tristan and Isolde, Icelander Trausti return home after studying theology in Norway and is drawn into a bloody vendetta when his clan engade in a feud over a stranded whale. The film takes place in the 11th century.
* ''The White Viking'': King Olaf Tryggvason forces the young viking Askur to covert Iceland to christianity, while holding his pagan wife Embla hostage in a monestery. The film takes place in the 10th century.

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* ''When the Raven Flies'': Essentially [[AFistfulOfRehashes Yojimbo with Vikings]], as a child, the family of Gest is killed be marauding vikings from Norway. 20 years later, the vikings have fled Harald Fairhair and set up in Iceland and Gest comes to wreck vengence.vengeance. The film takes place in the 9th century.
* ''The Shadow of the Raven'': In a re-telling of Tristan and Isolde, Icelander Trausti return home after studying theology in Norway and is drawn into a bloody vendetta when his clan engade engage in a feud over a stranded whale. The film takes place in the 11th century.
* ''The White Viking'': King Olaf Tryggvason forces the young viking Askur to covert Iceland to christianity, Christianity, while holding his pagan wife Embla hostage in a monestery.monastery. The film takes place in the 10th century.



* BurnTheWitch: Embla is considered a witch (or rather a Norn) by the christians and is tied up in the temple of Odin as it is burned. She is only saved when Godbrandur agrees to convert.

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* BurnTheWitch: Embla is considered a witch (or rather a Norn) by the christians Christians and is tied up in the temple of Odin as it is burned. She is only saved when Godbrandur agrees to convert.



** The helmets of king Olaf's soldiers have leathermasks attached to them, like the Sutton Hoo-helmet.

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** The helmets of king Olaf's soldiers have leathermasks leather masks attached to them, like the Sutton Hoo-helmet.



* DeathGlare: Helgi Skúlason who plays Thord, has a brutal one.
* DeathOfTheOldGods: In the second film Iceland has (at least nominally) embraced christianity. Rather than simply burning the old pagan idols, the Icelanders is shown to have symbolicly buried them by placing them in the tombs of their pagan ancestors.

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* DeathGlare: Helgi Skúlason who plays Thord, has a brutal one.
* DeathOfTheOldGods: In the second film Iceland has (at least nominally) embraced christianity. Christianity. Rather than simply burning the old pagan idols, the Icelanders is shown to have symbolicly symbolically buried them by placing them in the tombs of their pagan ancestors.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Thord really does love Einar and is suprisingly tender with Gest's sister.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Thord really does love Einar and is suprisingly surprisingly tender with Gest's sister.



** The christians in ''The White Viking'' up the ante with really creepy facial mask in leather and dress in black.

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** The christians Christians in ''The White Viking'' up the ante with really creepy facial mask in leather and dress in black.



* TheDungAges: The films make note of the vikings washing habits. It does not show that such habits exists at all tho.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Thord's brother gives him paranoid advise while Gestur's sister suggest that he be more trusting and less violent. The advise Thord's brother gives if are all bad and only serves to help Gestur, while the advise given by Gestur's sister would help him. [[spoiler: Then Thord's brother wants to ursurp him]].

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* TheDungAges: The films make note of the vikings washing habits. It does not show that such habits exists at all tho.though.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Thord's brother gives him paranoid advise while Gestur's sister suggest that he be more trusting and less violent. The advise Thord's brother gives if are all bad and only serves to help Gestur, while the advise given by Gestur's sister would help him. [[spoiler: Then Thord's brother wants to ursurp usurp him]].



* HornyVikings: Averts the Hollywood clishes and bases them self more around actual facts about the period. The tone is very faithfull to the Icelandic sagas and certainly strives for authenticity. While certainly pretty authentic, it's certainly not without it's creative license with historical details.
* ImagineSpot: Through [[MaybyMagicMaybyMundane vague]] in ''The White Viking'', in ''Embla'' [[spoiler: it's made more clear that the vision Embla sees of her father calling for Odin is simply a hallucination and since the scenes explaining Askur's death was a ploy, his reappearence seems more like another hallucination.]]

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* HornyVikings: Averts the Hollywood clishes cliches and bases them self more around actual facts about the period. The tone is very faithfull faithful to the Icelandic sagas and certainly strives for authenticity. While certainly pretty authentic, it's certainly not without it's creative license with historical details.
* ImagineSpot: Through [[MaybyMagicMaybyMundane [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane vague]] in ''The White Viking'', in ''Embla'' [[spoiler: it's made more clear that the vision Embla sees of her father calling for Odin is simply a hallucination and since the scenes explaining Askur's death was a ploy, his reappearence reappearance seems more like another hallucination.]]



** Played straight and invoked instory in the second film, where characters take care so Sol will not be harmed.

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** Played straight and invoked instory in-story in the second film, where characters take care so Sol will not be harmed.



* ManipulativeBastard: Gest is this. His ArcWords are "i am your guest" which is symbolic, because SacredHospitality was extremely important to the Vikings. The moment that Gest called himself Thord's guest, Thord ''HAS'' to accommodate him, even though it's obvious that Gest wants to kill him. Also, his speech about his various identites echoes Odin speech in Grimnismál, adding further insult to injury.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Gest is this. His ArcWords are "i "I am your guest" which is symbolic, because SacredHospitality was extremely important to the Vikings. The moment that Gest called himself Thord's guest, Thord ''HAS'' to accommodate him, even though it's obvious that Gest wants to kill him. Also, his speech about his various identites identities echoes Odin speech in Grimnismál, adding further insult to injury.



* NastyParty: The wedding in ''Shadow'' [[spoiler: basicly turns into the Red Wedding when bishop Hördur's men set fire to Isault's farmstead and massacres anyone trying to escape]].

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* NastyParty: The wedding in ''Shadow'' [[spoiler: basicly basically turns into the Red Wedding when bishop Hördur's men set fire to Isault's farmstead and massacres anyone trying to escape]].



* NoNameGiven: Gest and his sister's names are never mentioned, in the first film overall, the only named main characters are Thord, Erik and Einar. Two minor villains are called Hjörleifur and Björn, the later is TheGhost. Thord's brother goes unnamed as does the mentally challanged assistant of Erik, who is refered to as "guard" in the official cast listings (the film credits the actors without attaching them to their character's names). Thrain Karlsson's character, the one who spares Gest as a child, is sometimes refered to as Olaf the childlover, due to his similarity to a similar character in Icelandic lore[[note]]Not a pedophile, a viking who refused to murder children[[/note]].

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* NoNameGiven: Gest and his sister's names are never mentioned, in the first film overall, the only named main characters are Thord, Erik and Einar. Two minor villains are called Hjörleifur and Björn, the later is TheGhost. Thord's brother goes unnamed as does the mentally challanged assistant of Erik, who is refered referred to as "guard" in the official cast listings (the film credits the actors without attaching them to their character's names). Thrain Karlsson's character, the one who spares Gest as a child, is sometimes refered referred to as Olaf the childlover, due to his similarity to a similar character in Icelandic lore[[note]]Not a pedophile, a viking who refused to murder children[[/note]].



* KarmaHoundini: King Olav [[spoiler: if you don't his fate in history: he was eventually ganged up upon by Norweigan rebels, and the joint fleets of the Danes and the Swedes]].

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* KarmaHoundini: KarmaHoudini: King Olav [[spoiler: if you don't his fate in history: he was eventually ganged up upon by Norweigan Norwegian rebels, and the joint fleets of the Danes and the Swedes]].



* KnightTemplar: Olaf I is a nasty example of the trope. Unlike the other christian villians, he is actually fully devoted to God to the level of letting go of all personal grudges if it could help the spread of christianity, in contrast with Thangbrandur.

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* KnightTemplar: Olaf I is a nasty example of the trope. Unlike the other christian villians, Christian villains, he is actually fully devoted to God to the level of letting go of all personal grudges if it could help the spread of christianity, Christianity, in contrast with Thangbrandur.



* HappinessInSlavery: It's ambigious if Gest's sister is simply Thord's SexSlave or the lady of the farm.

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* HappinessInSlavery: It's ambigious ambiguous if Gest's sister is simply Thord's SexSlave or the lady of the farm.



* PuttingOnTheReich: Thord wares a cape with swastikaembrodery. Then again, swastikas was used by pagan Scandinavians but the use here clearly signals Thord as evil. Ironicly, Thord is completely down with racial mixing.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: Thord wares a cape with swastikaembrodery.swastika embroidery. Then again, swastikas was used by pagan Scandinavians but the use here clearly signals Thord as evil. Ironicly, Ironically, Thord is completely down with racial mixing.



* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Invoked and subverted in the first film. Gest tries to play this against Thord and manipulates him by driving out the ravens of their nest, making Thord's farmstead be flooded with them, manipulating [[spoiler: Erik's corpse]] into appearing to have moved, stealing Thord's sacred horse after overhearing a Thord saying the dedication of the horse to Odin was a sufficent offering and turning around the idols of Odin and Thor once Thord questions if Odin wants him to sacrifice[[note]]Thord suspects this because Einar found Erik's cap brought by a raven, but demands Odin give him a sign because he can't believe that Odin would demand that of him[[/note]] But Thord is only manipulated by this because he does not think Gest exists and the things Gest do are sacrelidge a Norseman would never dare to do. [[spoiler: Once Gest's sister reveals the plot to save Einar]] Thord buys it at once and is furious that his devotion has been turned against him.

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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Invoked and subverted in the first film. Gest tries to play this against Thord and manipulates him by driving out the ravens of their nest, making Thord's farmstead be flooded with them, manipulating [[spoiler: Erik's corpse]] into appearing to have moved, stealing Thord's sacred horse after overhearing a Thord saying the dedication of the horse to Odin was a sufficent sufficient offering and turning around the idols of Odin and Thor once Thord questions if Odin wants him to sacrifice[[note]]Thord suspects this because Einar found Erik's cap brought by a raven, but demands Odin give him a sign because he can't believe that Odin would demand that of him[[/note]] But Thord is only manipulated by this because he does not think Gest exists and the things Gest do are sacrelidge sacrilege a Norseman would never dare to do. [[spoiler: Once Gest's sister reveals the plot to save Einar]] Thord buys it at once and is furious that his devotion has been turned against him.



** Thangbrandur want to murder Askur as vengence for being expelled from Iceland by Askur's father Thorgeir, despite Askur being made a missionary by the king and sent to christen Iceland.

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** Thangbrandur want to murder Askur as vengence vengeance for being expelled from Iceland by Askur's father Thorgeir, despite Askur being made a missionary by the king and sent to christen Iceland.



* SwordCane: Bishop Hördur uses one and Gest as well, another mofit in the films.
* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard in official casting notes) kills Olaf the childlover, because he took Erik's threat againt Olaf litterary. Erik even gives him an annoyed glare after the deed but says nothing about it, because the Guard is likely mentally challanged and it would be no use. This only serves to fuel Thord's suspictins about Erik. But when Thord and his men attack Erik's farmstead, the Guard is spared because Thord's brother considers him to stupid to be killed. He the least intellegent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.

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* SwordCane: Bishop Hördur uses one and Gest as well, another mofit motif in the films.
* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard in official casting notes) kills Olaf the childlover, because he took Erik's threat againt against Olaf litterary. literary. Erik even gives him an annoyed glare after the deed but says nothing about it, because the Guard is likely mentally challanged challenged and it would be no use. This only serves to fuel Thord's suspictins suspicions about Erik. But when Thord and his men attack Erik's farmstead, the Guard is spared because Thord's brother considers him to stupid to be killed. He the least intellegent intelligent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.



* VisualPun: Some creative uses in ''the White Viking''. The most notable is when Askur is having sex with the lady of the farm, and a statue of Freyr with a [[BiggusDickus rather impressive limb]] starts rocking[[note]]yes, that statue is actually historaclly accurate[[/note]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Back in 2005, Hrafn Gunlaugsson announced plans for a fourth film that would feature teenage and adolecent fundamentalist vikings in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland. The film will in all likelyhood never be made.

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* VisualPun: Some creative uses in ''the White Viking''. The most notable is when Askur is having sex with the lady of the farm, and a statue of Freyr with a [[BiggusDickus rather impressive limb]] starts rocking[[note]]yes, that statue is actually historaclly historically accurate[[/note]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Back in 2005, Hrafn Gunlaugsson announced plans for a fourth film that would feature teenage and adolecent adolescent fundamentalist vikings in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland. The film will in all likelyhood likelihood never be made.


* GenreSavvy: Erik is quite quick to pick up on what Gest is planing. To bad Thord does not belive him.


'''The Raven Trilogy''' is a series of Icelandic-Swedish [[HornyVikings Viking films]] written and directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson [[note]]the first one was co-written by Producer Bo Jonsson[[/note]] (who's first name means "Raven"). The films include ''When the Raven Flies'' (1984, aka as Revenge of the Barbarians), ''Shadow of the Raven'' (1988) and ''The White Viking'' (1991). The films are not traditionally connected, but all take place in the same world in various stages of the Viking age and deals with the same themes; family, revenge and religion. Although full of anachronisms and inventions, the film where (at the time) one of the truest portrait of Norse people and Vikings. The films are as follows:

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'''The Raven Trilogy''' is a series of Icelandic-Swedish [[HornyVikings Viking films]] written and directed by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson [[note]]the first one was co-written by Producer Bo Jonsson[[/note]] (who's first name means "Raven"). The films include ''When the Raven Flies'' (1984, aka as Revenge of the Barbarians), ''Shadow of the Raven'' (1988) and ''The White Viking'' (1991). The films are not traditionally connected, but all take place in the same world in various stages of the Viking age UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge and deals with the same themes; family, revenge and religion. Although full of anachronisms and inventions, the film where (at the time) one of the truest portrait of Norse people and Vikings. The films are as follows:


* DownerEnding: The first film. [[spoiler: Thord and Erik are

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* DownerEnding: The first film. [[spoiler: Thord and Erik are


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* PuttingOnTheReich: Thord wares a cape with swastikaembrodery. Then again, swastikas was used by pagan Scandinavians but the use here clearly signals Thord as evil. Ironicly, Thord is completely down with racial mixing.

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* ItMakesSenseInContext: The use of ''Á Sprengisandi'' and ''Sudurnesjamenn'' as themes beyond RuleOfCool is certainly this. It might seem odd to use two modern folk tunes in films set in the Viking age. Unless you are icelandic or familiar with these songs in particular that is. ''Á Sprengisandi'' which is used as the riding theme in ''Raven'' is the tune of a song about riding. In ''Shadow'', ''Sudurnesjamenn'', which is played in scenes surrounding the conflict of the stranded whale, is a song about fishermen in southern Iceland, where the film takes place.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Essentially, Gest wanted to get revenge on three people: Thord, Erik and Björn. He ends up responsible for the deaths of way more people than that and many of them where innocent.


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* PetTheDog: Gest saving the slaves on the beach. Through, this is a subverted version. Despite what he tells them, Gest was going to kill the slavers anyway, so saving the slaves was just something that happened to come along the way.

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* SmugSnake: Thord's brother, who is arguably much more evil than Thord and lacks [[EvenEvilHasStandards Thord's (very viking) sense of honor]] and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes love for his family]].

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* GenreSavvy: Erik is quite quick to pick up on what Gest is planing. To bad Thord does not belive him.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Thord's brother gives him paranoid advise while Gestur's sister suggest that he be more trusting and less violent. The advise Thord's brother gives if are all bad and only serves to help Gestur, while the advise given by Gestur's sister would help him. [[spoiler: Then Thord's brother wants to ursurp him]].


%%* BatmanGambit: Thord's final scheme to get to Gest. [[spoiler: It backfires]].

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%%* * BatmanGambit: Thord's final scheme to get to Gest.Gest is to pretend to sacrifice his son to lure Gest out. [[spoiler: It backfires]].



%%* BurnTheWitch

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%%* BurnTheWitch* BurnTheWitch: Embla is considered a witch (or rather a Norn) by the christians and is tied up in the temple of Odin as it is burned. She is only saved when Godbrandur agrees to convert.



%%** The helmets of king Olaf's soldiers.

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* FanNickname: ''When the Raven Flies'' is lovingly called a both ''A Fistfull of Cod Fish'' or ''A Fistfull of Irish Silver'' by fans.
** Thrain Karlsson's character in ''When the Raven Flies'' has no name, but fans call him ''Olaf the childlover'' after a viking known for refusing to harm children.


* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard in official casting notes) is spared because Thord's brother considers him to stupid to be killed. He the least intellegent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.

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* TooDumbToLive: Inverted instory in ''When the Raven Flies''. Erik's sidekick (simply credited as guard in official casting notes) kills Olaf the childlover, because he took Erik's threat againt Olaf litterary. Erik even gives him an annoyed glare after the deed but says nothing about it, because the Guard is likely mentally challanged and it would be no use. This only serves to fuel Thord's suspictins about Erik. But when Thord and his men attack Erik's farmstead, the Guard is spared because Thord's brother considers him to stupid to be killed. He the least intellegent character in the film and one of the few bad guys to survive.

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* [[FakeBrit FakeGerman]]: Thanbrandur is played by a Swede, speaking Icelandic. His Swedish accent stands in for a German accent, unlike other Swedes in the trilogy who are dubbed.


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** Played straight with Godbrandur in ''The White Viking'', tho.


* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Averted. Animals where indeed harmed in the making of these films. The whale in "''Shadow''" was not real and the horses at the Thing, where not thrown down a waterfall (hence off screen). But in other cases, like the pig sacrificed to Freyr, it was real.



%%* IronicEcho:
%%** The somewhat iconic line: "Thunkur Knifur".
%%** "Fishes on the fell"
** ''[[WhamLine He is old enough to have seen to much]]''

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%%* IronicEcho:
%%** The somewhat iconic line: "Thunkur Knifur".
%%** "Fishes on the fell"
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* IronicEcho: ''[[WhamLine He is old enough to have seen to much]]''

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