Will Amleth avenge, save and kill?

Max Yurva

Robert Eggers‘Viking Epic northerner Full of animal-like violence, ill-fated romance and all-encompassing revenge. But it also exudes a healthy dose of Norse mythology and religion, which plays a rather pivotal role in the film’s final scene.

For most of the 2 hour 20 minute film, Amleth (Alexander Skarsgard) has a unique mission: “Avenge my father. Save my mother. Kill Fjordnir.”Ethan Hawke), by his bastard half-brother Fjölnir the Brotherless (Krasbon) and his mother Queen Goodrun (Nicole Kidman), was taken. He firmly believed that he would fight Fjörnir with a mythical sword at the gates of hell, and finally he did! Through divine intervention and Amleth’s active pursuit of his own death, he finds the Nightblade in a Viking boat burial and tracks Fjölnir to an island with an active volcano.

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Even after Amels learns the truth about his father’s death, and that his mother hatches a whole conspiracy to eliminate War-Raven and run away with Fjölnir to start a new life, he insists on avenging his father. However, his plan to save his mother is completely ruined by the fact that she doesn’t want to be saved. In fact, she actively tried to kill Amleth before she did it herself. Ultimately, Amrath had no choice but to kill his mother, as well as his half-brother Gunnar (Elliott Ross), effectively taking everything from Fjölnir as if his own future had been taken away as a child. While it may seem like an eye for an eye situation, Amleth isn’t happy about it, although he doesn’t necessarily mourn the woman who tried to impose an Odepius complex on him.



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In the first chapter of the movie, King Warraven says he wants to die in battle, not a “greybeard”, which is a fancier way of saying that he doesn’t want to die of old age, he wants to go out in glory . This way of thinking is fairly typical for the Vikings, who were notorious for their last battle and proud of their deaths. The only way to enter Valhalla is to die in battle, otherwise, the Vikings will be sent to Helheim, a realm under Midgard overseen by the goddess Hel. All of this contributed to Amleth’s decision to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Although given the chance he had to leave with Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy) and began a new life—full of love, security, and fatherhood—he followed the path laid out for him.


northernerscript (by Eggers and sight) adapted from the Scandinavian legend of Amleth, a character who happened to inspire William Shakespearethe great tragedy, village. While the epic swordsmanship in Eggers’ story may not be performed with a poisoned sword, it’s unlike any swordsmanship you’ve seen in any other movie. After Amelth kills Gudrún and Gunnar, he meets Fjölnir at the volcano for a final duel. They strip off the outer layers until they are almost naked, and then they fight – to the death – in an active volcano.


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Throughout the film, Amleth has this otherworldly vision that can only be described by a family tree. In this tree, Amleth saw his father, his ancestors and his future children. This particular aspect of vision comes into full focus only after Olga tells him she’s pregnant, which in part prompts him to turn to face Fjölnir. Even if he dies, Amleth is certain that his lineage will carry over to the twins, and that they will one day be in their rightful place as rulers. In his final moments, as Amleth embraces death, he sees one of the twins—his daughter, it seems—wearing a crown, which lets him know he has succeeded in dying.


From the end, northerner Pretty simple. Amels completes his mission to avenge his father, but is also vaguely able to avenge himself in the process. Fjölnir killed War-Raven and Gudrún’s cold indifference, both his childhood and his adulthood. In the end, Armes made peace with Olga for the time being, but he knew his ranks would continue once he went to the halls of Valhalla. It’s all very spiritual and totally epitomizes the brutal dedication of the Vikings.


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