"Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down."
THE COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED FILM SCRIPT OF
"ERIK THE VIKING"
by Terry Jones
KING ARNULF Would you like us to sing to you?
ERIK That's very kind of you, but we're in
rather a hurry... We're...
King Arnulf claps and the court stop singing.
KING ARNULF What's the matter, don't you want to hear our
ERIK Oh... well, yes, of course; it's just we're
looking for the Horn Resounding and -
KING ARNULF You don't think our singing's going to be good
enough for you?
ERIK Oh, no no no! It's just the Horn Resounding is...
KING ARNULF A lot of people like our singing.
ERIK I'm sure it's lovely.
KING ARNULF But you don't want to hear it.
ERIK (changing tack) No... no... (he looks at the others) We'd
love to hear it. Wouldn't we?
VIKINGS Oh... yes.
KING ARNULF Well, you'll have to ask us really nicely.
ERIK (realizing he has to be diplomatic) Er... well... we...
we... would be terribly grateful if you... all...
would sing for us.
KING ARNULF You're just saying that.
SVEN Well, of course he is!
SVEN'S DAD Sh!
They restrain Sven.
ERIK Of course we're not; we'd genuinely like to hear
KING ARNULF Really?
KING ARNULF And you're not just saying it because you think
we want you to?
Erik swallows hard.
ERIK No. (He bites the lie)
KING ARNULF Right! Summon the musicians! We'll do the one
that goes "TUM-TUM-TUM-TUM-TI-TUM-TUM"
KING ARNULF (apologetically to Vikings) It isn't the one we're
CHAMBERLAIN Couldn't we do the one that goes "TI-TUM-TI-TUM-
The rest of the court look hopeful.
KING ARNULF (whispering) Not when we've got guests.
VOICE FROM COURT How about the one that goes "TI-TUM-TI-TUM-TI-
KING ARNULF Don't be silly.
CHAMBERLAIN That was a stupid suggestion.
VOICE Sorry! I just thought they might like to hear
something that we can do.
ANOTHER Yes! At least we know that one.
YET ANOTHER VOICE Nobody knows the "TUM-TUM-TUM-TUM-TI-TUM-TUM"
REST OF COURT No! Right! I agree!
ODD MAN OUT I do!
REST OF COURT Sh!
ANOTHER VOICE It's too difficult!
KING ARNULF All right. We'll do the one that goes "TI-TUM-
TI-TUM-TI-TUM-TI-TI-TUM". Ah! The musicians!
The musicians are huge, unshaven, have broken noses
and tattoos, and are covered in black oil - like
mechanics. Their instruments are like heavy industrial
machinery, pushed in large vats of black oil that drip
all over the show.
KING ARNULF Right... Oh dear... (he glances across at the
Vikings) I'm sure you're not going to like
Erik and the others smile reassuringly.
There is a lot of coughing. The King raises his baton
and then brings it down, humming to himself as he does
so. There is a most awful din; caterwauling, crashing and
banging, whining, screaming... The Vikings look at each
other, trying to pick out some tune, but it's
impossible. Ivar the Boneless can't stop himself
bursting out into giggles and this eventually spreads to
the other Vikings. King Arnulf notices and bangs the
throne for silence. Gradually the din stops. King Arnulf
sinks down in despair.
KING ARNULF (tragically) We're just not a very musical nation...
ERIK No, no... It was very... er, nice.
KING ARNULF Now I want you to be absolutely totally,
genuinely honest with me. Did you really, truly,
honestly like it?
Erik thinks for some moments and then decides to make a
clean breast of it.
KING ARNULF (goes hysterically) They didn't like it! Oh God! I
want to die!
The whole court looks as if it's about to commit mass
HARA-KIRI, while the musicians look rather dangerous.
Erik takes the moment to get down to business.
ERIK Your Majesty! We come from a world where
there is no music. where men live and die by the
axe and by the sword...
KING ARNULF Well, how d'you think I feel?
ERIK The Gods are asleep, King Arnulf.
KING ARNULF You try to be nice to people, when they're
rude about your singing...
Erik feels he is making a mess of all this diplomacy.
ERIK We must find the Horn Resounding!
The King glares at Erik.
ERIK Is is here in Hy-Brasil?
King Arnulf thinks for a moment and then speaks.
KING ARNULF I'll tell you what...
King Arnulf hesitates - he bites his lip and then takes
KING ARNULF We'll do the one that goes "TUM-TUM-TUM-
TUM-TI-TUM-TUM". Perhaps you'll like that better.
Erik gives up. A lot of throat clearing. Aud, the
King's daughter, gives Erik another dangerously slow
wink. The terrible "music" starts up, shattering the
calm of the beautiful city.
Fade up on GOLDEN DRAGON now afloat once more, riding
at anchor in the bay. Ivar is standing on guard in it.
Suddenly he sees something that makes him gabe in
horror. We don't find out what it is, however,
because we immediately
Cut to Erik.
He is deeply in love. He is also in bed with
the King's nubile daughter, Aud.
AUD Have you ever felt like this about anyone else?
ERIK What... you mean "got into bed with" them?
AUD No, of course not, silly - I mean felt like this
ERIK You mean... you have got into bed with somebody
AUD No, I mean have you ever felt that for the
first time in your life you'd met somebody you
could believe in with your whole heart...
someone whose goals suddenly seem to be your
goals.. whose dreams seem to be your dreams?
ERIK Have you ever been to bed with anyone else?
AUD What does that matter? But you've... you've...
felt like this before...
ERIK It was different...
AUD (just for a moment it is Helga speaking) What was she like?
ERIK Oh... oh, I didn't know her very well...
AUD But you loved her all the same...
ERIK We never went to bed together.
AUD Why do you go on about that? What does it matter?
ERIK You've been to bed with somebody else, haven't
AUD I've never loved anybody!
ERIK I'VE never been to bed with anybody!
Suddenly there is a banging on he door.
KING ARNULF (v/o) Open up! I know you're in there!
AUD Ah! It's my father!
KING ARNULF (v/o) Open up! I know you're in there!
Suddenly the note from Ivar's horn rings out across
from the bay. Erik rushes to the window and looks out to
see what Ivar saw previously: a black ship approaching on
ERIK Oh, no! Halfdan!
There is more banging on the bedroom door.
KING ARNULF (v/o) Aud! You've got someone in there again, haven't
Erik gives her a sharp look.
AUD Quick! Throw this over you!
She throws a shabby bit of cloth over Erik and at that
moment the door bursts open, and King Arnulf enters.
KING ARNULF Right! Where is he?
AUD Who, Father?
KING ARNULF Who? Who? Whoever you've got in here of course!
AUD There is no one.
The King starts prowling round the chamber. Erik
stands there, naked and petrified, with the cloak
hanging over his head, just where it landed.
KING ARNULF I can smell one of those strangers... That's
who it is, isn't it?
Aud keeps mum.
KING ARNULF This is the fifth one this week.
Before he can stop himself, Erik blurts out:
Aud motions him to be quiet, but it's too late. The King
spins round to see who she is signalling to. The King
appears to be looking straight at Erik. Erik can hardly
bear the suspense.
KING ARNULF Well... where is he?
AUD There's nobody here, Father. Look for yourself.
King Arnulf looks around the chamber carefully. He
looks straight through Erik as if he weren't there.
Suddenly the King strides over to Erik and Erik
instinctively cowers out of the way. The King walks
straight over to a very small cupboard no more than a
foot high, flings the door of it open, and starts
throwing clothes around the room.
AUD He wouldn't be a midget, Father!
The King turns on her.
KING ARNULF Ah! So you admit there is someone!
AUD You're losing your temper!
KING (becoming instantly pleasant) Of course I'm not. I never
lose my temper...
Ivar's horn sounds again. A shadow passes over King
KING ARNULF Oh dear... more visitors!
He strides to the window and sees Halfdan's ship. As
he does so, Erik has to leap out of the way,
inadvertently knocking a chest. The King spins round and
addresses the chest.
KING ARNULF Come out... come out like a man... I know you're
King Arnulf flings the chest open. revealing nothing but
clothes. He is baffled. He reluctantly starts to leave.
AUD (gently) It's all in your own mind, Father... It's YOU
who imagine that I'm always up here with some man
KING ARNULF I don't know how you do it, Aud... I sometimes
think you've got some of your mother's magic...
He suddenly spies a small trinket-box and looks in that.
But he doesn't find any strange man in it.
AUD There is no magic, Father... My mother had no
KING ARNULF She did, I tell you! She could blind me as
easily as the night the day.
AUD It's your fantasy...
KING ARNULF But one day I'll catch you... Like I caught
He leaves. Aud closes the door. Erik throws the cloak
off and starts getting dressed.
AUD The Cloak Invisible. It was my mother's parting
ERIK "The fifth one this week"!
AUD Oh, for goodness' sake!
ERIK And I thought you said it was something
Aud runs to his side and puts her arms around him.
ERIK Five this week; how many the week before?
AUD You're as bad as my father.
ERIK And the week before that?
ERIK Erik...! (she is really sincere) I want to
help you get to Asgaard.
Erik is torn. He doesn't know whether to believe her
or not. Ivar's horn sounds for a third time. Erik races
to the window. He looks out. Halfdan's ship is even
ERIK We mustn't let him land!
ERIK Halfdan the Black.
AUD But, Erik...
But Erik is off out of the door.
AUD No. Wait! My father will be -
There is a thump and a yell as Erik is set upon by
the King's two musicians.
KING ARNULF I might have known it was you!
MUSICIAN 1 (pinning Erik's arms behind him) I'm not hurting you,
MUSICIAN 2 You will tell us if we hurt you?
They start to march Erik through the palace.
ERIK Let me go!
KING ARNULF (to musicians) Careful! (to Erik) They're not
supposed to hurt you.
ERIK You've got to let me go!
MUSICIAN 2 Oh no! We can hold onto you - just so long we
don't squeeze too hard or bump you.
In the distance we hear the horn again.
ERIK Halfdan the Black's here!
They have reached a cell. The musicians starts to chain
KING ARNULF It's all part of our safety regulations. You
see if someone were to get hurt they might get
angry and then... well...
ERIK They'll be more than "hurt" if Halfdan the Black
MUSICIAN Ooh! I'm terribly sorry.
KING ARNULF Who is Halfdan the Black?
ERIK He's trying to stop us waking the Gods.
KING ARNULF Why?
ERIK Because that's how he makes his money, by war and
KING ARNULF Don't talk nonsense.
ERIK He wants to kill us!
KING ARNULF Not when we explain about the Great Blessing.
ERIK You don't know Halfdan the Black.
KING ARNULF I know that the Great Blessing has kept
the peace for a thousand years, and will keep it
for the next thousand.
The horn sounds again. Erik is about to argue this
point when Thorfinn suddenly bursts in.
MUSICIAN 2 We're not hurting him!
MUSICIAN 1 (to Erik) Are we?
ERIK Just let me go!
THORFINN Halfdan the Black's here!
ERIK I know!
THORFINN (to the King) He wants to kill us.
They both look at King Arnulf. The King thinks.
ERIK You don't want him to kill us on Hy-Brasil! Do
The King thinks some more. The horn sounds once more.
Cut to GOLDEN DRAGON. Erik and the Vikings are
scrambling into their war gear. They glance nervously
over to where Halfdan the Black's ship is riding on the
THORFINN I feel strange.
Erik looks at Thorfinn, shocked.
IVAR THE BONELESS (his throat dry) Sort of wobbly and excited?
THORFINN Sort of...
IVAR That's fear.
SVEN But Thorfinn doesn't know the meaning of fear.
THORFINN Is it sort of... like a sinking feeling in your
IVAR That's it!
ERIK But. You're not even afraid of death, Thorfinn!
THORFINN I know. I know.
SVEN'S DAD It's magic.
ERIK What "magic"?
SVEN'S DAD I've heard stories of a magic that strikes fear
into the heart so you cannot fight.
SVEN (deadly serious) Yes... I can feel it.
IVAR THE BONELESS (eagerly) I always feel like this!
Suddenly Halfdan's ship rises up out of the water ,
and revealing the secret of its hidden power. Under the
water-line is another line of oars! The Vikings are
dumbfounded. Ivar drops trembling to his knees. The
rest go white. Thorfinn draws his sword. Erik realizes
his men are rapidly talking themselves into a blue funk.
ERIK It's not magic! It's just a trick!
THORFINN (turning on him angrily) Don't you feel it?
Erik looks around at his paralysed crew. He realizes he
is the only one who can save the situation.
ERIK Very well! It they're using magic - we'll use
magic of our own!
He leaps out of GOLDEN DRAGON and races up to the
shore towards the city of Hy-Brasil.
Erik races into the Forum and gazes up at the high walls
of the Palace. Without a thought he produces two
daggers and plunges them into the stonework. Then he
hauls himself up the sheer cliff of wall up to Aud's
bedchamber fist over fist. It is, indeed, a prodigious
feat. He arrives at Aud's window exhausted. Aud, who has
appeared at the window, looks at him curiously.
AUD Why didn't you come up by the stairs?
Erik looks around and notices for the first time
the magnificent flights of stairs leading up to the top
of Aud's tower.
ERIK (rather miffed) Just give me a hand.
AUD I mean, you could have killed yourself.
Erik clambers into Aud's room.
ERIK Where's the Cloak Invisible?
Erik looks around and is suddenly suspicious.
ERIK I can't see it! (Indignation suddenly seizes
him) Have you got another man in here?
Erik starts feeling the air as if expecting to find an
AUD It's in the chest.
Erik races over and grabs the cloak.
ERIK I'll bring it back.
AUD Erik. You don't understand.
ERIK No. It's you who doesn't understand, Aud.
Halfdan has come to kill and destroy. We brought
him here. We must stop him.
AUD (pointing at the cloak) But you don't realize....
ERIK Goodbye, Aud...
Erik leaps out of the window. For a moment Aud is
surprised and then alarmed as she realizes he's jumped
out of the window, which is some forty feet off the
She rushes to the window in time to see Erik
parachuting down, holding the four corners of the cloak.
Erik lands safely and waves with the cloak.
ERIK And thanks for the Cloak Invisible!
AUD No! WAIT! ERIK! The Cloak! The Cloak Invisible!
It only seems to work on my father!
But Erik cannot hear her. He is already racing back to
his ship. Back on GOLDEN DRAGON, Thorfinn is taking
"Being Scared" lessons from Ivar the Boneless.
THORFINN And a sort of slightly sick feeling?
IVAR That's it! And you keep wanting to go to the
THORFINN Oh, yes! I hadn't noticed that!
SNORRI Oh, shut up, you two. You're making us all
Erik leaps into GOLDEN DRAGON brandishing the Cloak
ERIK So Halfdan the Black's using magic, is he? Well,
I have a magic to match his! (he holds up the
KEITEL What is it?
SNORRI A magic dishcloth.
ERIK To the oars!
THORFINN D'you think I've got time to go behind that bush?
Ivar starts to drum and the Vikings begin to row.
GOLDEN DRAGON heads out of the harbour.
Cut to Halfdan the Black flanked by his advisers,
Gisli Oddsson and Eilif the Mongul. He gives a nod and
Eilif bangs his staff of office on the deck, as a signal
for the galley slaves to speed up. Down in the galley,
the slave master (a diminutive Japanese) stalks down the
decks lashing the sweat-streaked galley slaves and
cursing them in incomprehensive Japanese.
Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) a translation
appears in subtitles.
SLAVE-DRIVER (subtitled) Row! You incomprehensible,
horizontal-eyed, Western trouser-wearers! Eurgh!
You all look the same to me! How I despise
your lack of subtlety and your joined-up
writing! You, who have never committed ritual
suicide in your lives!
SLAVE (whispering to his neighbour) You know, I don't think it
would be so bad, if we knew what he was saying...
SLAVE-DRIVER SILENCE! Unceremonious rice-pudding eaters!
How I abominate your milk-drinking and your
lack of ancestor-worship and your failure to eat
your lunch out of little boxes!
Meanwhile the Vikings are growing increasingly
uneasy as they row towards Halfdan.
SVEN'S DAD What "magic" have you brought, Erik?
ERIK You'll see!
At this point, back on the Black Ship, Halfdan gives
another nod and Eilif raps out yet another command with
his staff. This time the prow of the Black Ship opens up
like a pair of jaws. The Vikings see it and panic.
IVAR THE BONELESS I've done it!
THORFINN Oh, yes... (he has too!)
Halfdan nods again and another order is rapped out. This
time a harpoon is fired from the prow. It thuds into
GOLDEN DRAGON and two of Halfdan's dog-soldiers start
to winch the line in. The two ships are hauled closer
and closer. The Vikings panic even more. Erik holds
up the Cloak Invisible and grins round at his men,
knowing he is going to surprise them.
ERIK Here! Here is the magic from the King's daughter!
Erik's men watch, half sceptical and half hopeful.
Erik enjoys the moment of suspense. The he throws the
Cloak Invisible over his head and shoulders and grins
round at his men triumphantly, imagining he has
vanished from their sight.
ERIK There! I have become the wind!
The Vikings look at him, rather puzzled. Only
Harald seems to be impressed.
HARALD How did he do that?
SVEN'S DAD Do what?
HARALD Vanish into thin air?
SVEN'S DAD He hasn't.
HARALD Well, where is he then?
Harald looks around. He is the only one who can't see
SVEN'S DAD He's there!
At this point Halfdan's ship suddenly bites into the
side of GOLDEN DRAGON. Erik leaps onto the side of
GOLDEN DRAGON and swings across onto Halfdan's ship. The
Vikings react to the horror of Halfdan's ship biting
into GOLDEN DRAGON and to Erik's blithe leap onto
the enemy boat. Erik lands on the deck of Halfdan's
ship, and grins at the ferocious skull-helmeted dog-
ERIK Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean?
Two dog-soldiers look at each other, totally non-
plussed. Erik grimaces at Halfdan's men, and does a
little pirouette to show them all that he's invisible
from every angle.
ERIK You can't see me! But I can see you!
He breaks into a little dance. Halfdan glares at his
HALFDAN What's going on?
GISLI ODDSSON That's Erik.
HALFDAN Well, why isn't he scared of us?
Erik, meanwhile approaches one of the dog-soldiers
and makes silly faces at him.
The dog-soldier topples overboard. The galley slaves
watch another dog-soldier fall into the hold amongst
them and lie there stunned. His sword falls onto the deck
between the slaves. One of the slaves throws down his
oar, and picks up the dog-soldier's sword. The slave-
master suddenly appears. Once again he speaks immaculate
SLAVE-MASTER (subtitled) Hey! What's going on? Your big-breasted
women give me no pleasure with their warmed-up
fish and... Urgh!
The slave-master strides down the ship to flay the
offending slave, but another slave trips him up and in
a twinkling of an eye four others have leapt on the
slave-master (despite their chains) and are
extracting his keys.
HALFDAN What's the matter? Haven't you seen anyone fight
DOG-SOLDIER 1 No.
DOG-SOLDIER 2 They're usually too scared of us.
HALFDAN Kill him!
Erik, still thinking he's invisible, is running
amongst the dog-soldiers, having fun. He runs one dog-
soldier through and kicks another overboard, then he runs
past a few more, right up to Halfdan himself. He whisks
the Cloak Invisible off his head for an instant.
ERIK (thinking he's revealing himself) Here I am!
Then he turns and is off. Halfdan turns to his aides.
Back on GOLDEN DRAGON, the Vikings' disbelief has turned
SVEN'S DAD There! That's a true Berserk.
SVEN I'm just building up to it, Dad.
Sven starts banging his head on the side of the boat.
SNORRI He's gone batty!
THORFINN No! The fear's gone!
Halfdan grabs a sword off one of his dead dog-soldiers
and thrusts it into the unwilling hands of his military
HALFDAN Fight, damn you! Fight!
Cut back to GOLDEN DRAGON. Now Sven leaps across onto
Halfdan's ship followed by Ivar, yelling. Snorri looks
back at Keitel.
SNORRI Well! Come on!
KEITEL I... I...
Keitel is thinking: "Maybe I should let Halfdan win"
but he knows he can't let a thing like that happen, now
he is faced with the reality of it. The companionship of
the voyage has brought them all too close for that.
KEITEL (under his breath) Hang the Blacksmith's Code!
Keitel leaps to his feet and joins in the attack. Erik,
meanwhile, is swinging across the deck from a rope.
ERIK I am the air! I am the wind!
Keitel and Thorfinn are now fighting side by side.
THORFINN This is life, eh?
Keitel grins and strikes out. Ivar turns on Eilif who
has reluctantly joined the fray. Maybe he's singled Ivar
out as the most harmless. Ivar suddenly realizes he's
only armed with drumsticks. Eilif smiles evilly.
IVAR Ooh... er...
Eilif's sword slices through Ivar's drumsticks. Ivar
turns to run, but is stopped by a dog-soldier. Eilif
takes the opportunity to run him through from behind.
IVAR (as he dies) Ouch.
Erik sees Ivar's demise.
Erik leaps to take revenge. He jumps into the galley-
pit and out again a la Douglas Fairbanks in THE THIEF
OF BAGHDAD and dispatches Eilif with a single thrust.
Sven and his dad are fighting surrounded by dog-
SVEN'S DAD Well, go on! Go berserk!
SVEN Give us a chance, Dad!
Snorri appears from behind.
SNORRI (to Sven's dad) What about you? Why don'tyou go berserk?
SVEN'S DAD I got to keep my eye on him...
Sven's dad looks uneasy. He is surrounded and,
as a seasoned campaigner, knows they haven't much
chance. Halfdan smiles to himself. The battle is going
his way. Thorfinn meanwhile is fighting two dog-
soldiers but is attacked from behind by a third.
SVEN Look out! Thorfinn!
But it's too late. Thorfinn is run through the back.
Sven goes berserk and kills all three dog-soldiers.
Sven's dad looks on, proud of his son for the first time.
Maybe their relationship will never be the same
Now Snorri sees something that cheers him up. Slaves are
coming up from below to join the battle. They are
armed with oars and swords. They join the fray, knocking
dog-soldiers overboard with their oars. The dog-soldier
are suddenly outnumbered. Halfdan's smile fades, and he
looks around for an escape route. The tide of battle
has now turned dramatically as dog-soldier after dog-
soldier is tossed over the side or laid low by the
combination of Vikings and slaves. Halfdan and Gisli slip
into a lifeboat and sneak off. The rats are leaving
the sinking ship.
Back on the deck, all the dog-soldiers are dead or
overboard. The slaves and Vikings are cheering and
embracing each other. At the other end of the boat, Sven
is cradling the dying Thorfinn in his arms. All around
are jubilant slaves celebrating their freedom.
SVEN Thorfinn! You can't die!
THORFINN I'm not frightened... of anything...
SVEN You'll see my grandfather in Valhalla!
THORFINN (dying) No... he's not... not... there...
SVEN Tell him I'm coming!
Thorfinn dies. Sven holds him and a tear comes
down his face. The danger has made comrades of the two
rivals. Erik, however, is still fighting a last lone
dog-soldier; but just as he is about to run him through
the dog-soldier is stabbed in the back. He sinks to the
floor, revealing another dog-soldier. Erik is outraged
by this act of treachery and turns on the assassin.
DOG-SOLDIER No! No! Wait! Please wait, Erik!
The dog-soldier pulls his mask off to reveal he is, in
fact, Loki. Erik is totally non-plussed.
ERIK Loki! Where did you come from?
LOKI Halfdan wanted to stop you waking the Gods...
so... I disguised myself to sabotage their plans.
Erik has meanwhile been joined by the remaining
LOKI To save you, Erik.
Erik is about to say "But how can you see me? I'm
wearing the Cloak Invisible."
ERIK But -
LOKI It was my master Keitel's idea.
All eyes turn on Keitel who looks very uncomfortable.
LOKI Wasn't it, Keitel?
KEITEL Well... I... I thought...
Keitel is overcome by the power of Loki's will, but he
is deeply ashamed of his complicity in Loki's deeds.
Snorri gazes at Keitel with growing suspicion.
ERIK But... How is it you can see me? (he looks
round) You can all see me?
LOKI What d'you mean?
SNORRI AND OTHERS Why shouldn't we see you?
HARALD I can't see him.
ERIK I'm wearing the Cloak Invisible....
Erik takes it off to demonstrate.
HARALD Oh! There you are!
ERIK (to the others) You mean... you could see me all the time?
The Vikings look at each other, mystified.
SNORRI Weren't we supposed to?
ERIK Oh... I feel a little... oh...
Erik's knees give way and he faints onto the deck.
Cut to King's Hall some time later. A victory
celebration is in progress. It is a little bit like a
Hampstead cocktail party, and the rough, battle-stained
Vikings look rather out of place holding their little
canapes. Suddenly the King claps for silence.
KING ARNULF We are grateful to you, Erik, and to your men...
COURT Yes, we are...
KING ARNULF And there is only one way we can repay you...
King arnulf claps his hands. Erik rushes over to him,
anxious to avoid another Hy-Brasilian concert.
ERIK (hurriedly) Well, we'd love to hear you sing again, but
what we'd really appreciate would be if you could
see your way to lending... not giving of
course... (continuing)... but just lending us
the.... um... the, well, to be quite blunt... the
All the time Erik is talking the doors of the hall
behind are opening and a vast lur or horn is carried in
by six bearers. One or two of the Vikings have turned to
look and are now standing speechless. King Arnulf
beams at Erik.
KING ARNULF It's yours.
Now Erik finally turns and looks at what everyone else
is looking at. Erik's jaw drops. Everyone in the court
beams at Erik,except Aud who is looking sad and
ERIK (when he can find his voice) Is that it?
A cloud passes over King Arnulf's happy face.
KING ARNULF Is there something the matter with it?
ERIK Oh! No! No... of course not... it's just I
hadn't expected it to be quite so big.
KING ARNULF Well, it's not called the Horn Resounding for
nothing. (aside) You do know how to play the
horn, don't you?
ERIK Yes... oh, yes...
KING ARNULF Then I expect you'll be leaving first thing in
The King manhandles Erik away from his daughter.
Perhaps we have the feeling that she's isn't going to
let Erik go as easily as that...Mix through to later
that night. The Vikings are lying asleep on the Great
Hall, beside the Horn Resounding. The camera closes
in on Keitel. Suddenly a voice comes from the shadows:
VOICE (whispering) Keitel! Keitel Blacksmith!
Keitel opens his eyes and finds Loki close beside him.
LOKI What's the matter, Keitel Blacksmith? Have you
forgotten why you came on this voyage?
Keitel is silent.
LOKI Are you going to let Erik wake the Gods?
KEITEL How can we stops him now?
Loki looks around and then opens his hand in front of
Keitel. In it is the mouthpiece from the Horn Resounding.
LOKI Take this and throw it from the cliff heights.
They'll never make the Horn Resounding sound
Keitel frowns. Then an obvious thought limps across his
KEITEL But why me? Why don't you do it?
LOKI Sh! Hurry!
KEITEL You do it!
LOKI You'll be able to throw it further than I could.
Keitel thinks. This is true.
LOKI It must go far out to sea.
Loki presses the mouthpiece on Keitel. Keitel
takes it, but reluctantly. Another Viking stirs.
LOKI Surely you haven't forgotten the Blacksmith's
Keitel is about to reply and say he's been having second
thoughts about it, but somehow he can't. Loki has such
power over him.
Suddenly another Viking stirs, and Loki hisses at him.
Loki pretend to go back to sleep. Keitel (feeling
a bit lumbered) thinks about his task and hesitates...
Who knows? Perhaps he is about to stand firm, but Loki
plays his trump card.
LOKI (without opening his eyes) Or I might have to tell Erik
why you really came on this voyage.
Keitel is caught. He closes his eyes in
resignation and then reluctantly starts to make his way
out of the Hall. As he gets to the doors he trips over
Snorri, who wakes. The mouthpiece falls a few feet away.
SNORRI Who's that?
KEITEL It's me. I'm just going to water the
dragon... (he gives a false laugh)
Snorri notices the silver mouthpiece on the floor, but
he pretends he hasn't.
SNORRI Oh... clumsy idiot.
Snorri pretends to go back to sleep, but he opens one
eye and watches Keitel Blacksmith recover the mouthpiece,
and then follows Keitel out. Loki gets up too. He follows
to keep an eye on Snorri.
Cut to Aud on the shore, gazing moodily out to sea. She
is brooding in Erik's imminent departure. Suddenly a
stone falls from above; she looks up and sees a figure
appear on the cliff above. Hurriedly she withdraws into
the shadows. Keitel Blacksmith appears on the cliff-
top. In his hands he holds the mouthpiece of the Horn
Resounding. e examines it, turning over in his mind
whether he is doing the right thing or not. Then he
decides he must.
KEITEL (to himself) My fellow blacksmiths.
He prepares to throw it.
Keitel jumps out of his skin.
SNORRI What are you doing, Keitel Blacksmith?
KEITEL Get away, Snorri.
SNORRI What have you got there?
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