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  • Buliwyf's introduction. When Ahmad arrives at his camp, the king (Buliwyf's father) has just passed away and his funeral feast is being held. Ahmad begins introducing himself, when suddenly Buliwyf is attacked by one of the other heirs to the crown. Buliwyf skillfully blocks the attack, and counters with a mighty swing of his own sword that kills his assailant. Buliwyf then calmly sits back down as though nothing happened.
  • Ahmad learns the Viking language simply by sitting quietly and listening to them talking at night for a few months.
    • Also awesome: Buliwyf learns the Arabic shahada after seeing it only once and having never seen writing before.
  • Being as it is a movie about an Arab fighting cavemen alongside Vikings, it delivers nicely in a speech by all the main characters:
    Buliwyf: 'Lo, there do I see my father. 'Lo, there do I see...
    Herger: My mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
    Buliwyf: 'Lo, there do I see...
    Herger: The line of my people...
    Edgtho: Back to the beginning.
    Weath: 'Lo, they do call to me.
    Ahmad: They bid me take my place among them.
    Buliwyf: In the halls of Valhalla...
    Ahmad: Where the brave...
    Herger: May live...
    Ahmad Ibn Fahdlan:...forever.
    • Ahmad's prayer before this is also great. An American film with a Muslim protagonist that treats the lead's faith with respect. Nice.
      Merciful Father. I have squandered my days with dreams of many things. This was not among them. At this moment, I only beg to live these next few moments well. For all we ought to have thought and have not thought. For all we ought to have said and have not said. For all we ought to have done and have not done. I pray Thee, God, for forgiveness.
      • Both the book and the film are often used in academic circles as a rare case when there is a Muslim character in Western work that does not fall under Inscrutable Arab, The Fundamentalist or any other stereotype, instead being portrayed as a noble, well-educated person coming from an advanced and sophisticated culture.
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  • Buliwyf's death. After having slain the leader of the Wendol, while barely being able to raise a sword due to being poisoned, he sits down on the battlements with his sword in his hand, mightily jams his blade into the ground beside him, and dies while watching his defeated enemies retreat. The fortification he sits on even resembles a throne.
  • Ahmad taking a level in badass and going into a rage once he finds out that the Wendol are actually men.
    Herger: (seeing Ahmad's fury) It's all right, little brother; there are more!
  • The twelve Norsemen volunteering for the quest illustrates Jumped at the Call nicely, with the heroic theme swelling.
  • The ritualised duel between Herger and Angus. Herger is constantly badly beaten by his much stronger, bigger, and younger opponent, first trying to play it for laughs, but quickly realising he's outmatched, being out of breath and spare shields to protect himself in no time. And then, when he's about to be killed, he effortlessly dodges the deadly blow and in the same move makes a swift slash, beheading Angus and splashing blood on the gathered crowd, including the prince. After which Herger casually walks away without looking back, while the beheaded body falls limp on the ground. Cheesy? Sure. Awesome? You bet it.
    • Especially considering Herger planned the whole duel, murder and all, just to fuck with Prince Wigliff's calculations in case he tried to pull You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on the group.