"A person forgives only when he is in the wrong."
THE COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED FILM SCRIPT OF
"ERIK THE VIKING"
by Terry Jones
Snorri advances towards Keitel. Keitel backs away,
dangerously near to the edge of the cliff. His boot
slips and he jerks himself forward. At the same time
Snorri makes a grab for the mouthpiece. A scuffle ensues,
during which the mouthpiece of the Horn Resounding
is dropped. It bounces off the cliff and falls down to
the shore below. Aud steps out of the shadow and picks
it up. She frowns and looks up, and then screams, as
she sees the men fighting.
But it's too late. Snorri goes white, gives a hideous
gasp... and sinks slowly to his knees - revealing Loki
standing behind him with a bloody knife. As Keitel and
Loki watch Snorri die, a drop of blood from the knife
falls to the ground. The moment it lands, there
is a deep subterranean groan, and the earth begins to
tremble violently. Keitel and Loki look around in alarm.
KEITEL Oh Gods! What have we done?
Back in the King's Hall, Sven, Sven's dad and Harald
are wide awake, but for the moment paralysed, as bits of
masonry crash around them. The cheerful figure of King
Arnulf appears at the top of a stairway. He raises
KING ARNULF Stay calm! This is not happening.
The King then hurries out of a door at the top of the
SVEN'S DAD What did he say?
ERIK Look out!
The doors of the Great Hall burst open and a wall
of water crashes through, knocking the Vikings off
their feet. There is little doubt that the whole of Hy-
Brasil is sinking see a street go down, a statue sink
and then we
Cut to a close-up of King Arnulf.
He is standing at the top of the Forum steps
addressing a crowd of anxious citizens. They are keeping
surprisingly good order considering they are already
standing ankle-deep in water, and the whole town is
rapidly sinking around them.
KING ARNULF Now, I know what some of you must be
thinking... the day has come.... we're all going
down, etc. etc. But let's get away from the
fantasy and look at the FACTS.
FACT ONE - The threat of total destruction has
kept the peace for one thousand years.
FACT TWO - The chances of it failing now are
therefore one in three hundred and sixty-five
By this time the water is up to people's knees,
and several have crowded onto the lower steps to avoid
KING ARNULF FACT THREE - Our safety regulations are the
most rigorous in the world. We are all nice to
each other, we never rub each other up the wrong
way or contradict each other, do we?
Rumble. The buildings sink and masonry falls.
CITIZEN We... er... do seem to be going down quite
fast, Your Majesty - not trying to contradict
KING ARNULF No, of course you're not, citizen. But
let's stick to the facts. There has never NEVER
been a safer, more certain way of keeping
the peace. So whatever's happening, you can
rest assured, Hy-Brasil is not sinking. Repeat,
We cut to an unfortunate Hy-Brasilian who looks out of
a window to see if it's raining, but is immersed before
he can find out. The citizens in the Forum, however, are
reassured by the King's words - even though they are now
up to their waists in water. One of them steps
ANOTHER CITIZEN May I just make a point in support of what King
Arnulf's just said?
KING ARNULF We'd be delighted - wouldn't we?
CITIZENS Yes, we'd certainly like to hear what one of
us has got to say...
Erik, Sven, Sven's dad and Harald struggle out of
the Great Hall, carrying their belongings and the Horn
Resounding, while the citizen is still speaking most
articulately in support of the King. They are almost
in a panic.
ERIK What are you all doing?
CITIZEN AT THE BACK (cheerfully) It's all right. It's not
ERIK (urgently) The place is sinking!
CITIZEN AT THE BACK Yes... I thought it was too, but the
King's just pointed out that it can't be.
CITIZEN (still speaking in support of the King) ...and, of
course, we mustn't forget King Arnulf's EXCELLENT
eye for flower-arranging.
There is a smattering of applause. A few people pull
their robes up out of the wet. Erik leaps onto a wall and
shouts to the crowd.
ERIK Save yourselves! Hy-Brasil... is sinking.
There are a lot of knowing smiles amongst the citizens.
CITIZEN FROM MIDDLE Look, you don't know our safety regulations.
KING ARNULF It can't happen.
ERIK But it is! Look!
KING ARNULF (ignoring Erik) The important thing is not to panic.
CITIZENS Quite... yes... we understand....
KING ARNULF I've already appointed the Chancellor as
Chairman of a committee to find out exactly what
is going on, and meantime I suggest we have a
CITIZENS Good idea!
ANOTHER Can we do the one that goes "TUM-TI-TUM-TI-TUM-
Erik looks around in despair.
Meanwhile in another street someone is struggling in the
LOKI I can't swim! I can't swim!
LOKI I'm drowning! Help!
Loki grabs Keitel round the neck.
KEITEL Let go!
But Keitel is pulled under. He re-emerges spluttering.
KEITEL Urrgh! Argh! Let go, you idiot!
KEITEL You'll drown us bo...
But they go under again. At this point Erik, Sven,
Sven's dad and Harald swim round the corner, pushing the
Horn Resounding. They see the figures disappearing under
Erik, Sven and Co. swim as fast as they can to
rescue the drowning pair. They struggle to overpower the
panic-stricken Loki, but he puts up a manic fight.
Unexpectedly, Harald Missionary suddenly unleashes a
vicious right hook and lays Loki out cold. There is a
moment's stunned silence that is no unmingled with
SVEN (with hurt surprise) You hit him!
HARALD Well, it's what you're supposed to do... isn't
SVEN'S DAD Look!
They look up as GOLDEN DRAGON sails around a corner
of the street, piloted by Aud. As the Vikings
scramble aboard, the sound of the "sing-song" reaches
a particularly noisy and discordant climax attract their
Back in what was the Forum, a crowd of unconcerned-
looking citizens is sitting on the last roof and just
coming to the end of another appalling song.
KING You know, I think we're getting better.
CITIZEN 1 (with genuine interest) How can you tell?
KING (a bit stumped) Er...
The King looks up.
KING ARNULF It's all right! It isn't happening!
AUD But, Father, it is!
ERIK Get on board!
CITIZEN 2 No thanks!
CITIZEN 3 Who do you think you are?
CITIZEN 1 Panic-monger!
The roof is now sinking rapidly, though the
citizens appear as unperturbed as ever.
CITIZEN Leave us alone!
SVEN Yeah. Leave 'em alone.
AUD It's sinking! Hy-Brasil is sinking!
KING ARNULF Well, my dear, I think you'll find it's all a
question of what you want to believe in.... I
have slightly more experience of these matters
Unfortunately, at this point, the entire gathering
of citizens, the King and the Forum Temple disappear
below the waves.
AUD Father! (tears spring to her eyes)
Harald Missionary has put his arm around Aud in a
HARALD MISSIONARY There, my child... it's at times like this that
this book can be a great help...
Erik shoos him away.
HARALD MISSIONARY (with his usual promptness) Right!
GOLDEN DRAGON spins alone in the wide ocean. Fade.
Fade up some time later. They are all gathered in
front of the Horn Resounding.
ERIK (to himself) We must blow the first note... he note that
will take us to Asgaard...
SVEN (nervously and with awe in his voice) Over the Edge of the
The other men look up at the Horn Resounding, and
begin to feel a bit nervous.
ERIK We are going where only the dead have been
Erik takes a deep breath and then puts his lips to the
Horn Resounding. He blows. There is a splutter, and one
or two of the Vikings titter amongst themselves. He has
another go. But again, all he produces is a pathetic
SVEN (not unkindly in his manner) Uh! Here! Give it to me!
Sven pushes Erik aside. Sven blow... he becomes redder
and redder. But all he produces is a splutter. He gets a
SVEN Thor's blood!
Sven's dad looks heavenwards.
SVEN'S DAD You're not using the right technique.
Sven's dad tries to take it over.
SVEN No! I'm doing it!
They start to struggle.
SVEN (getting angry) You're always telling me... telling me!
Erik tries to separate them.
SVEN (to his dad) Let me do something for myself for a change!
Suddenly Aud comes forward.
AUD No! Don't quarrel!
Sven and his dad stop fighting, surprised by the
vehement in her voice.
AUD We'll never get where we want to go if we fight.
Aud crosses to the Horn and inserts the mouthpiece.
Loki glances at Keitel. He hadn't bargained for this!
LOKI Er... don't blow it! You never know what might
AUD It has not spoken for a thousand years... You
must bring it to life with a kiss...
She puts her lips to the mouthpiece and just touches
it with them... almost a kiss... then... very gently...
she begins to blow... a soft... slight note can just be
heard... Aud takes her mouth away from the
mouthpiece... and the soft note goes on...
reverberating... A sweet note... a magic note... the
Vikings stand stock-still, enchanted by the sound... and
the sound all the time is getting louder and the
Horn begins to vibrate with the note. As the volume
increases the GOLDEN DRAGON itself begins to reverberate
with the sound. Rings of ripples begin to radiate out
from the boat across the calm water. The note grows
louder and louder, and the Vikings, who at first were
laughing and cheering at Aud's success, begin to get
rather alarmed. Louder and louder gets the note and
the Horn shakes and the boat vibrates. Things start to
be shaken loose, and fall onto the deck. Ropes uncoil
and run loose. A heavy block suddenly crashes down to
the deck, crowning Harald and laying him out flat.
Louder and louder grows the note, and the Vikings have
to stop their ears for the pain. The water around the
ship becomes more and more agitated. And then another
sound is heard. It is the thunder of water in the
distance like a million distant waterfalls. And
suddenly they notice the sea is running like a river -
all in one direction... sweeping the ship forward with
incredible momentum. In no time they are engulfed in a
mist, still travelling at a rate of knots. Almost at once
appointed rock looms out of the mist ahead of them. Erik
flings himself at the steering oar, and everyone is
thrown about as the ship veers wildly and just misses the
rock, only to see another looming up ahead of them. The
ship veers again, as a third rock looms ahead. This
time Sven has grabbed a coil of rope, and as they pass
the third rock, he throws it like a lasso over the rock.
Loki and Keitel leap to grab the rope just as the rope
goes taut and the ship comes to a lurching stop,
anchored by the rope, but still swaying and buffeted in
the racing waters. Those on board shout to each other,
soaked to the skin. It is difficult to make out what they
AUD What are you doing?
LOKI What d'you think? Help! Somebody help us!
SVEN Shut up!
LOKI (pointing at Aud) She wants to kill us!
KEITEL She wants to take us over the Edge of the World!
AUD You want to get to Asgaard, don't you?
LOKI How do we know this is the way?
ERIK (shouting) We blew the Horn Resounding.
LOKI (screaming and pointing an accusing finger at Aud) SHE
blew the Horn Resounding.
KEITEL (shouting) Don't you see, Erik! She wants revenge!
ERIK What are you talking about?
LOKI (to Keitel) Shut up!
KEITEL She knows it was our fault!
LOKI Keep your mouth shut, Keitel!
KEITEL No! It's you, Loki! I should never have listened
Loki looks around desperately.
LOKI You've lost your mind.
KEITEL We came to stop you waking the Gods, Erik! But
I didn't want anyone to get hurt!
LOKI You fool!
Suddenly Loki produces his stiletto and leaps onto
Keitel, stabbing at him.
LOKI I should have got rid of you long ago!
KEITEL Like you got rid of Snorri!
Erik tries to separate them.
AUD No! No! We are in the spell of the Horn!
Hatred will destroy
ERIK That's right!
For a split second Erik is distracted. He looks across
at Aud and for a moment he sees Freya standing there.
FREYA Once you are in the spell of the Horn,
hatred will destroy you...
Then it is Aud once more. But in that split second
Loki has stabbed Erik.
Erik staggers back clutching his arm. Keitel gives a
roar of rage, and picks Loki up bodily and hurls him out
of the boat into the maelstrom. The other Vikings look on
aghast. Keitel turns on them
KEITEL He killed Snorri! He caused the land of Hy-
Brasil to sink! She knew!
AUD I didn't know!
KEITEL Now she wants to send us over the Edge of the
AUD How else d'you think we're going to get to
The Vikings look at each other amidst the roaring
waters and the thick spray. Erik holds his bleeding arm
and looks at Aud. Should he trust her or not? Suddenly
he turns on the others.
ERIK (shouting above the din) Do YOU know the way to
Asgaard, Keitel Blacksmith?
Keitel shakes his head.
ERIK Do you know the way to Asgaard, Sven?
Sven shakes his head.
ERIK There is one road before us, and that leads
over the Edge of the World.
Harald sits up as he returns to consciousness.
HARALD There is no Edge of the World.
Sven's dad bonks him again. Erik takes the rope and
begins paying it out. With grim faces the Vikings turn
and face towards the roaring of the waters, as Erik edge
the ship further into the mist. The noise is deafening.
It would be almost impossible to hear any voice above
it. The faces of the Vikings betray their fear as
they find themselves emerging from out of the mist at
the Edge of the World. They gape as they find
themselves confronted by a Waterfall of Seas -
stretching on either side of them - as far as the eye
can see - water falling and plunging over the lip of the
world. And in front of them - the blue sky continues on
down and down until it shades into blackness strewn
with stars beneath their feet...
Sven, Sven's dad and Keitel edge to the prow and gasp.
AUD No! Don't look over the Edge!
Erik lets out a little more rope, until the ship is
protruding over the edge. Sven, his dad and Keitel peer
over the side, and stare down into the abyss. They gasp.
From above we see the prow of GOLDEN DRAGON and the
backs of the Vikings' heads in plain view against a
backdrop of stars below them.
ERIK Let me see!
Aud holds him back.
AUD No. Don't look... The abyss will suck away your
ERIK I must look! Keitel! Hold this!
Erik turns to see Sven and Keitel trembling... They hold
onto the sides of the ship but their legs can barely
SVEN There is nothing we can do...
SVEN'S DAD Helpless...
Keitel start to laugh.
KEITEL Ha ha... I believed Loki... I believed I
had a duty to blacksmiths! Ha ha ha!
Keitel laughs a little hysterically. Aud turns urgently
AUD You still want to go to Asgaard?
ERIK Of course.
AUD Do you believe I love you?
ERIK I... but I...
AUD You don't have to love me. Just: do you believe I
ERIK Yes - I believe you do.
AUD Then let go!
Erik hesitates, then he decides to believe in Aud. He
throws the rope away. At once the ship shoots off over
the Edge of the World into space... Everything seems to
slow down, as the longship drops down and down... the
ship twists slowly as it drops.... round and round.
The Vikings gaze about them in wonder, as they find
their ship if falling in silence amongst the stars.
Harald comes to once again.
HARALD I'm still seeing stars.
Keitel looks round at him.
KEITEL We're all seeing stars.
HARALD No! I was hit on the head.
The longship falls and falls through the star-strewn
space until it softly lands in a white wilderness.
On the deck the Vikings are huddles up, covered with
rime-frost. It seems as if they have been lying there
half-frozen for some time. Perhaps the entire adventure
has all been a dream, and they have been stuck in the
Arctic pack-ice the whole time. The hallucinations of
men near to death.
Aud tries to wake Erik.
AUD Don't sleep... wake... Look!
Erik opens his eyes and, for an instant, he sees
Helga. He blinks and realizes it is Aud who is calling
him back to consciousness. Suddenly coloured lights begin
to play to his face.
ERIK Bi-Frost... The Rainbow Bridge.
Above them the Aurora Borealis stretches up, magnificent
and awesome in the sky. Erik makes his way through the
ERIK Wake up!
The others slowly begin to rouse themselves from their
icy slumber and sit up, awed by the sight.
KEITEL (whispering) Are we dead?
VIKINGS The Rainbow Bridge.
They all peer up at the ever-changing colours of the
Aurora Borealis, hanging in the sky above them like
organ-pipes. But something is happening. The lights
begin to fade to reveal a magical city on a
mountain. The Vikings realize that this is journey's
end.... they have reached Asgaard... the City of the
Gods. The Vikings all catch their breaths and gaze in
HARALD MISSIONARY Where?
SVEN'S DAD Up there, you fathead.
HARALD MISSIONARY Up where?
Harald look round quizzically at the others. It is
clear that he can see nothing.
ERIK Look! It's real.
Harald looks around at the others.
HARALD Hallucinations are real.
It's no use; Harald can see nothing. The Vikings,
transfixed by the sight of their fabled home of the
Gods, rise to their feet. Aud whispers to Erik.
AUD The second note.
ERIK The second not to wake the Gods...
Erik kneels in front of the Horn.
Erik blows... a soft gentle note... He takes his mouth
away, and smiles at Aud. Once again the Horn stars
to vibrate and the note gets louder... the ship
starts to vibrate... louder and louder... The whole
landscape starts to vibrate... louder and louder grows
the not until even the stars in the sky are vibrating
and then a magical thing starts to happen... The note
fades as one by one the shimmering stars start to fall
out of the night sky... they fall like silver
snow... until the ship... the Vikings... Asgaard... the
whole landscape is covered in sparkling dust... then in
the ensuing silence the first light begins to glow in
the Halls of Asgaard... then another... and another...
Erik stares as is bewitched and slowly begins to climb
out of GOLDEN DRAGON.... but Aud tries to pull him back.
AUD Erik! You've done what you came to do!
ERIK Not quite...
Aud looks at him.
AUD Blow the third note! The note to take us home!
ERIK There is something I must ash the Gods...
AUD No living man has ever set foot in the Halls of
Asgaard... The Gods will never let you return.
Erik looks at her... for a moment... But he knows he has
SVEN I came to find my grandfather.
ERIK I have to go...
AUD Then I shall come too.
ERIK (stares at her) No... no..
AUD I don't want to live without you.
ERIK But, Aud... I... I came to find someone...
Aud is about to say "Her?", but she bites the word back
and looks down at the ground.
ERIK I'm sorry, Aud... I really am.
Aud kisses Erik, who then turns and climbs out of GOLDEN
DRAGON and sets off across the ice. Sven follows.
SVEN'S DAD Wait for me! I'll be dead soon anyway...
KEITEL You can't go without me!
They follow. Even Harald Missionary starts to follow.
HARALD Where are they all going?
AUD Aren't you afraid?
HARALD Oh... There's nothing for me to be afraid of.
Harald smiles and sets off after the others. Aud
follows. The stars have fallen to form a shining,
winding pathway up to the City of the Gods. This is
what the Vikings head for.
Between them and the Citadel strange huge forms rise
up. The Vikings approach and find the vast skeletons of
the slain giants. The Vikings are but tiny gnat-sized
figures wending their way between the vast figures.
They climb the stairway-path of stars, up the
winding road and eventually fins themselves outside the
massive doors of Asgaard.
Sven turns on Harald.
SVEN There! It's real! It's solid! Now do you believe
He pats the wall of Valhalla - the Great Hall. Harald
reaches out, but his hand goes right through the wall.
HARALD There isn't anything.
Harald Missionary walks straight through the wall and
disappears from sight. The Vikings gasp, and run up
to feel the point where he disappeared. The door is
perfectly solid to them, and they jump out of their skins
as Harald suddenly reappears again.
HARALD You're having me on, aren't you?
ERIK It's Valhalla - where the warriors slain in
AUD It doesn't exist for him.
SVEN'S DAD He's just s cynic.
At this moment there is a creak and the great doors
mysteriously swing open. As if mesmerized, the Vikings
enter the Halls of Asgaard. The door slams behind them.
They spin round, but the doors have vanished... No man
has ever entered the Halls of Asgaard and left alive...
Erik slowly starts to cross the vast floor looking
around him as he does so. One by one the other Vikings
follow. After a while Erik stops.
The Vikings listen. They hear the sound of
children laughing and shouting. Erik and his men follow
through the columns towards a pool of light. The scene
that greets their eyes is not at all what they had
been prepared for.
Valhalla is not full of the warriors slain in battle,
quaffing mead on the ale-bench and reliving old
battles - it is, instead full of children romping,
laughing, shouting, quarrelling and playing games...
chess, fencing... dice... tag, etc., around a wide hearth
fire. Women are cooking and doing other housewifely
things... weaving, making bread, etc. It is a thoroughly
domestic scene. Suddenly one of them turns at Erik. It
is Helga, whom Erik accidentally killed in Scene One. She
is once again kneading dough. She has a red stain under
HELGA Oh good! It's Mr Wonderful!
Erik leaps to her side.
ERIK I've come to take you back to the land of the
HELGA What a stupid idea.
ERIK (mortally hurt) Why?
HELGA What's the point of being dead in the land of the
ERIK I'll ask the Gods to give you life again!
Helga looks at Erik very sceptically. She obviously
thinks he doesn't know what he's talking about. Aud
reacts. Erik takes Helga's hand - and gets covered in
HELGA Have you tried to ask the God for anything?
ERIK Well... no...
HARALD MISSIONARY Who is he talking to?
One of the children, throwing pennies against the wall,
CHILD ODIN I'm busy.
The Vikings are recovering from their surprise.
HELGA (getting back to her kneating) He's busy.
ERIK Is that Odin?
HELGA You'll have to wait till he's finished his game.
ERIK (shouting across) Odin!
Odin leaves his game and saunters towards Erik.
ERIK We have come from the world of Midgard...
The child whom Odin is playing with points his
hammer at the ground near Erik and a lightning bolt zaps
into it. Erik jumps.
CHILD-THOR Clear off.
ODIN No, wait, Thor.
ERIK You must help us.
ODIN We don't have to help anybody.
ERIK Fenrir the Wolf covers the sun - men fight and
kill each other the whole time.
ODIN Why should we care?
ERIK Because... you're... you're the Gods....
ERIK Bring the Age of Ragnarok to an end and stop all
this fighting and bloodshed.
Harald looks around at the Vikings in increasing
HARALD This is ridiculous.
The other Child-Gods have stopped playing around now
and are watching Erik and Odin.
ODIN Erik the Viking! The things you seek are not
in our power. We don't make men love each other
or hate each other.
ERIK But you're the Gods!
ODIN Look... Erik...
Odin whistles. The other children look over their
shoulders. From out of the darkness of the perimeter of
the Hall, shadows emerge... shadows that, as they shuffle
and stumble into the light, reveal themselves to be the
heroes that the Vikings had expected to find in
Valhalla. But they are not hale and hearty giants
quaffing mead and reliving their great battles... they
are, in fact, a sorry lot... the slain-in-battle still
bearing the hideous deformities of their fatal wounds.
Most have a sword or an axe buried in some part of
their anatomy. One has been cleft in twain...
The Vikings react to this grisly gathering as more
and more of them emerge from the shadows. They gasp
as they notice Snorri, Ivar, Thorfinn, Loki and Leif
ERIK Snorri! Ivar!
HARALD Here we are standing on a bare mountain top
talking to thin air.
We notice that Harald's cloak is being blown about as if
he were indeed on a bare mountain top. The other's
cloaks are still. Sven's dad is gazing across at one
horribly mutilated specimen.
SVEN'S DAD Dad!
KEITEL (disbelievingly) How can you tell?
SVEN'S DAD I'll never forget him! The bastard!
Sven reacts. Sven's dad starts to go berserk.
SVEN'S DAD He drove me mad!
SVEN Easy, Dad!
SVEN'S DAD All his "you'll never be a Berserk if you lose
SVEN'S DAD I hate you! I hate you!
Sven's dad collapses against Sven and Sven
comforts him, understandingly. A figure emerges from
the throng of dead. It is Thorfinn. Sven looks up at
THORFINN You won, Sven.
LOKI What right have you to try and stop men
fighting, Erik the Viking? There is glory in
battle. There are riches to be made and won...
KEITEL Made by you, Loki!
LOKI By you - Keitel Blacksmith! Don't you know,
Erik, that is why he went with you? Ragnarok was
good for his business...
KEITEL It's not my business any more!
Suddenly there is a howl... a bitter howl that echoes
above and around the Halls of Asgaard and that gets
more distant and more distant. Everyone (including the
dead heroes and the Gods) freezes and looks up,
listening. Perhaps we cut away to the boiling sky as it
resolves itself into the shape of a wolf that snarls
and slinks away. Odin turns to Erik as the howling
ODIN Fenrir the Wolf has gone, Erik. But will men
cease fighting each other? That is not in our
Odin starts to laugh. All the other children start to
laugh... so do the dead heroes. Erik and his men look
ERIK I have one more request before we return...
Erik turns towards Helga, who is still standing at her
trough of dough with her arms up to her elbows in flour.
Aud watches Erik with sadness in her heart.
ODIN Return? You have set your foot in the Halls of
Asgaard, Erik. You cannot return.
Aud looks round to see how the others react. It is as
she had feared. Erik pales. The blood drains from the
other's faces. Aud whispers something to Harald. Harald
looks at her blankly.
AUD (whispering) PLEASE!
HARALD But you're all imagining this... whatever it is.
AUD (earnestly) You're the only one who can. PLEASE.
Harald look around at the dumbfounded Vikings. Then
he shrugs and wanders off, disappearing through the
closed doors of Valhalla.
ERIK You mean... we must stay here forever?
As he says this Erik's eyes turn again towards
Helga. He is clearly thinking at least there are
compensations... Odin, however, is laughing again.
ODIN Stay here? Ha ha! This is Valhalla. This is
reserved for those slain-in-battle.
HORRIBLY SLAIN WARRIOR (grinning cheerfully) Yeah! We're the
A HORRIBLY SLAIN FRIEND OF HIS Yeah. It's much better than dying
of old age.
The ghastly and dismembered dead warriors all chortle
no end at the dismay written on the face of Erik and his
men. At the same time there is a grinding, winching
sound. All those around the hearth-place fall back as a
vast grating is winched up from out of the flames.
The Vikings look at each other.
ODIN For you there is only the Pit of Hel!
As Odin says this there is a roaring sound and the
flames and smoke are suddenly reversed and as the
roaring increases the flames are sucked down altogether
to reveal the black Pit of Hel itself. And now the Pit
is sucking the Vikings into it... their hair
blows... they try to withstand the force that is drawing
them towards the abyss... The Gods look on in some
amusement. But some of the dead are concerned.
SVEN'S GRANDFATHER Son! My son!
SVEN'S DAD Get lost!
SVEN Dad! Grandfather!
Sven tries to reconcile his father and grandfather, but
it's no use. He is sucked towards the Pit.
ERIK (to Helga) I tried to save you!
HELGA Why should you care?
ERIK I don't know! I just did!
Erik can no longer withstand the force that is sucking
him down to the Pit of Hel. Suddenly, however, Snorri
has leapt from the ranks of the dead. He grabs Erik and
tries to stop him sliding towards the Pit of Hel. But
it's no good.
ERIK No! Let go, Snorri!
SNORRI I've got you!
ERIK You'll be sucked down too!
SNORRI No! Arrgh!
Meanwhile, Ivar and Thorfinn and Leif the Lucky have
also leapt forward to save their comrades. They put
up a fantastic struggle but remorselessly they are
all sucked down.
The Vikings clutch at the stone floor, their fingers
trace blood as they try to cling on... but to no avail.
The first are already toppling into the Pit.
And the rest - including Aud - soon follow.
The mouth of the Pit of Hel, through which the Vikings
are now tumbling higgledy-piggledy, is a round white
disc set in the unutterable blackness of the pit.
However, as the Vikings free-fall slowly towards camera,
they are lit up by a faint, reddish glow from below.
They are staring, wild-eyed and screaming as they
fall. As they fall, Erik manages to smash his axe into
the side of the Pit. Thorfinn grabs his leg and holds
onto Sven's foot. Leif clutches at Sven's belt. Sven's
dad hangs onto Sven's foot. Ivar clutches
Thorfinn's foot. Erik clutches Ivar's leg and Aud
clutches Erik's. They dangle like this for some seconds,
and look fearfully beneath them. Then they can see the
Infernal Regions of flame and molten lava... somehow
suggesting the face of a huge and sinister creature. No
wonder they're scared out of their wits.
Meanwhile, Odin and Thor appear at the top of the
Pit and look down with mild amusement. Thor casually
points his hammer and a streak of lightning zaps Erik's
axe. It instantly glows red hot. Erik screams.
Suddenly we hear a new sound - a long, high, sweet note.
AUD Listen! Listen! The third note!
But it's no good. Erik has to let go of the red-
hot axe. Everyone screams as they start to plunge down
towards the Pit of Hel.
Cut to GOLDEN DRAGON. Harald Missionary is blowing the
HARALD MISSIONARY (to himself) I want to go home... Oooh!
Suddenly GOLDEN DRAGON, the Horn Resounding and Harald
Missionary shoot up into the air and disappear from
Cut back to the Pit of Hel. The Vikings are looking
down as they fall - they are still scared but
gradually start laughing... laughing as they fall down
and down and down until they fall out of sight.
We are left with a blackness and just the white disc
of the mouth of the Pit of Hel above, until the disc
changes magically into the moon. There is a series of
The note begins to fade and the camera slowly pans
down to reveal the Vikings all fallen into the duck
pond back at Ravensfjord. They are laughing and
whooping and splashing each other.
ERIK I don't believe it... Ha ha ha! It brought us
LEIF But who blew it?
IVAR Oh! Who cares? We're home!
THORFINN Mum! Dad!
SVEN We're back!
Sven embraces his father and dances him around with joy.
ALL Yo hoo! We're here! We're...
Suddenly the joy drains from their faces and they each
gape in horror. What is it they see?
We cut to see that out of the huts the women and
children and old men are emerging - but they are
anything but happy. In fact they are all bound and
gagged. Behind them emerge the sinister figures of
Halfdan the Black, Gisli and maybe half a dozen armed
men. Halfdan and his cronies no longer look sleek and
self-assured. They are haggard and desperate. Their
faces are streaked with dirt and sweat, and their
clothes are torn and soiled. They have clearly been
going through a lean time, since Ragnarok ended, and
have descended on the village for revenge and for
whatever plunder they can find. They have a few
sackfuls of booty with them. They herd the women,
children and old men into a pathetic huddle in the
middle of the village. Halfdan is spitting evil and
HALFDAN Throw down your weapons - or we shoot the
Erik hesitates... The others look at him. What
choice have they? Reluctantly, Erik throws his weapons
into the pond. The others follow suit. Halfdan watches.
His men stand around him in a tight group with their
backs to each other.
HALFDAN Good... Good... Right, now we'll just shoot
the children anyway...
Erik is paralysed. What can they do? Half Halfdan's
men are aiming their crossbows at Erik and his comrades,
and half are aiming at the women and children. They
raise the crossbows to shoot. Their fingers tighten on
Suddenly there is a scream from above.
HARALD Look out below!
Everyone looks up and, amazingly, out of the sky
falls GOLDEN DRAGON and lands fair and square on top
of Halfdan and his gang, squashing them flat. Harald
Missionary staggers blearily from the wreckage.
GRIMHILD HOUSEWIFE Harald!
She rushes to Harald, while the Vikings rush to
release their loved ones. Great celebrations all round.
They all turn and see the sun rising. The villagers
gasp in wonder.
They've never seen the sun before. Erik looks around
and sees Thorfinn and Sven with their arms round each
other. Aud looks up as Erik smiles at he and holds her
to him. Then they all turn and gaze at the
spectacle of the sun returning to the world.
* THE END *
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