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Film Review: The Northman

The Northman; released March 2022; produced by Regency Enterprises and Perfect World Pictures; distributed by Universal Pictures (International) and Focus Features (US); directed by Robert Eggers; written by Robert Eggers and Sjón, based on the legend of Amleth in Gesta Danorum by Saxo Grammaticus; age rating R (16 and above); running time 137 minutes

reviewed by Martin Kerr

MY MAJOR IN COLLEGE was English Language and Letters, with a specialization in Germanic studies. Thus, when I learned that there was new a film based on the legend of Amleth, which was the source for William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and set in the Viking Age, I knew that I was going to see it. My interest was only heightened when I read an article in the Daily Mail complaining that the film had been “hijacked by White supremacists,” who praised it for its all-White cast and healthy social values (‘White supremacists claim ownership over Hollywood blockbuster The Northman’ – Daily Mail Online).

The film under discussion is The Northman. It is not a “Viking movie” in a strict sense, as it does not deal with Norse raiders and the action takes place mostly on a farm in Iceland. But it is correct to say that it is set in what is known as the Viking Age and deals with source material drawn from pre-Christian Germanic heathendom. It tells the tale of the warrior Amleth, better known from Shakespeare’s theatrical treatment of the story, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (written about 1600). Shakespeare apparently got his material from the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, who in turn was working from a now-lost Icelandic saga from the heathen period. So, we are dealing with primeval material that goes back to the earliest days of Western civilization, and perhaps even further.

The plot will be familiar in its broad outlines to anyone who has seen Shakespeare’s play. King Aurvandil (played by Ethan Hawke) is murdered by his brother Fjölnir (Claes Bang), who then seizes the throne and marries Aurvandil’s wife, Gudrun (Nicole Kidman). Fjölnir orders Aurvandil’s son Amleth (Oskar Novak) to be killed, but the boy escapes. He vows to avenge his father’s death. Years later, as a warrior (now played by Alexander Skarsgård), Amleth learns that Fjölnir has lost his new kingdom and has resettled with Gudrun in Iceland, where he is a wealthy farmer with a large estate. Amleth disguises himself as a war captive and gets himself sent to his uncle’s farm. There he plays the role of a dim-witted and slightly crazed slave. He bides his time and waits for the proper moment to enact his revenge. Without giving away too many details, let’s just say that by the end of the film almost everyone at the farm is dead.

I had expected The Northman to be, more or less, a cinematic version of the popular television series Vikings, but I was wrong about that. Vikings is a 21st-century look back at the Viking era. The Northman, in contrast, takes you out of the 21st century and drops you right in the middle of the ninth century. You are within the legend of Amleth as it may have been experienced by our distant ancestors. The supernatural elements that modern Westerners have long dismissed play an active role in the narrative, and they become as real to the viewer as they are to the characters in the film.

The cinematography has rich, saturated colors. The musical score reinforces the brooding mood of the tale as it inexorably works its way to its violent conclusion. The Northman is a film with real artistic quality, not just another action flick set against a Viking backdrop.

The Northman is self-consciously heathen in its values and aesthetics, reflecting the era in which it is set. It is full of pagan motifs, most notably that of the World Tree (called Yggdrasil in Old Norse). In the film it is used to depict the bloodline of Amleth’s family, stretching from himself into the distant past. As a warrior, Amleth worships Odin in his role of God of Battle. Fjölnir, on the other hand, as a farmer, has a personal consecration to the fertility God, Freyr – whom Amleth mocks as “the god of erections.” A supporting character is Olga (played by Anya Joy-Taylor – who UK readers know from the cult BBC TV series Peaky Blinders, where she played Gina Gray, the scheming wife of gangster Michael Gray). She is a Slavic pagan priestess who is also a slave at Fjölnir’s farm. She prays to unnamed “Gods of the Earth.” We witness one character, who falls heroically in battle, being taken to Valhalla by a Valkyrie while he dies with a beatific smile on his face. Clearly, Eggers has taken pains to distance his film as far as possible from any hint of Christianity.

It is unsurprising that the anti-Whites hate this movie, and not just because it has an all-White cast. Early on, young Amleth is initiated into the inner world of the Norse religion by his father in a mystic ceremony. There, he is taught the central values of the heathen faith, including, “Live in honor. Safeguard your familial blood.” These are exactly the sentiments that our racial enemies do not want White audiences exposed to (and especially not White youth).

Likewise, in The Northman, men are men and women are women, and there is no blurring of traditional gender roles. A major flaw in Vikings, for example, was the depiction of women warriors fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with their men in a shield wall. In reality, there were few women warriors in the Viking age – perhaps none at all. In an era when combat was based on brute force, few women could go toe-to-toe with a male warrior.

The box office returns from The Northman have been disappointing; the film has yet to make back what it cost to produce. But I predict that it will have a long life as an underground classic, Certainly it will within the racial nationalist community, and (one hopes) among a broader White audience as the winds of change shift in our favor.

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Source: Martin Kerr

Editor’s note: Mr. Kerr is a long-time contributor to Heritage and Destiny. He is currently the Chief of Staff of the New Order, a National Socialist organization based in the USA – check out their Web site at http://www.theneworder.org.

This review was first published in issue 109 (July-August 2022) of Heritage and Destiny magazine, to whom we give full acknowledgements. For a free sample copy of Heritage and Destiny magazine, please email – heritageanddestiny@yahoo.com or visit their Web site at http://www.heritageanddestiny.com.

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LH Collins
LH Collins
29 July, 2022 5:46 am

Ooh, what’s the matter, Anti-Whites? Too many snow-monkeys for your liking? Not enough (or any) ebonic horror shows who CAN’T ACT their way out of a paper-bag? Go to hell, you boring, fussy thespian posers!

Constable Arthur
Constable Arthur
29 July, 2022 4:41 pm

We have only one realization which, in spite of everything, gives rise to great hope, and which even arises from the Jewish world domination of the few over the many. It is so amazingly simple that nobody comes to it, I read it in a forbidden “Nazi” reading: If so few Jews rule over so many non-Jews, then the answer is already in the question how all this is possible at all. It is that even only a few representatives of our race, who are determined to do everything, can turn the principle of the corrupters into the opposite at any time. If they are too strong, we are too weak, so simple is the equation. Genetically, we are already completely degenerated anyway. Nature does not tolerate such negligence without… Read more »

Jim - National Alliance Staff
Jim - National Alliance Staff
Reply to  Constable Arthur
30 July, 2022 12:03 am

We in the National Alliance are also very much a ‘quality over quantity’ kind of people. See this to understand a bit more about us: http://www.natall.com/about/what-is-the-national-alliance/

Constable Arthur Speaks
Constable Arthur Speaks
Reply to  Jim - National Alliance Staff
30 July, 2022 12:53 am

I know you for years dear Jim!
Thx & greetings from the most
controlled “Judenland” (ZOG)
in the world. You know exactly
why…

Constable Arthur
Constable Arthur
29 July, 2022 5:48 pm

Jews will always remain Jews, it is absolutely ridiculous to “reproach” them for this. It is just as idiotic as the alienated Anglin who, in his unworldly delusion, is “outraged” by the fact that women keep small dogs, for example. Women are not men, you moron! And Jews are just not Aryans.

Jews can only “live” through us, because they are parasites. They even create now and then something (apparently) important from our substance, but just apparently. Because they are not a substance but a mask. Jews are a game of hide and seek. Here no idiotic eternal lamento helps, but only a decided energetic action of the fencing.

Constable Arthur
Constable Arthur
29 July, 2022 6:27 pm

We can get just as upset that the handful of Icelanders are suddenly “racist.” It is clear what is going on here. And this does not call for passive “indignation” as a quasi-substitute action, but for real action of us all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWVbzXgkHDw

Constable Arthur
Constable Arthur
29 July, 2022 9:28 pm

One of these Jewish schizophrenias is to demonize all their real opponents as inconceivable “monsters,” but then – after the world finally believes all these inconceivable lies – to say, “They were not monsters at all, they were normal people like you and me. So it can happen again any time!” These people really belong in the padded cell!

Constable Arthur Speaks
Constable Arthur Speaks
29 July, 2022 9:29 pm

OT

Interesting article. Almost everything was unknown to me, and will probably always remain unknown to the mass of our race members. And this is also exactly so wanted by our “loved-hated” oppressors / spiritual slaveholders. http://barnesreview.org/pdf/TBR2003-no5-4-13.pdf

RCavallius
RCavallius
Reply to  Constable Arthur Speaks
30 July, 2022 3:04 am

Join the Alliance, Arthur.

Constable Arthur Speaks
Constable Arthur Speaks
29 July, 2022 10:11 pm

One may dare to ask: Who do you Jews think you are, to allow yourselves a “true” judgment about your enemies? As far as I know, Jews suffer since millennia from psychic complexes, because their cheeky kind as a parasitic oppressive minority is undesirable everywhere. If we had to make ourselves dependent on your cursed “estimation of the world situation” in the name of nature and the world, then we could pack up and go home all together (if we have a home thanks to jewish “chuzpah” at all)! Unbelievable, this impudence! Nobody wants them, but to everything they have to secrete their unasked “hypermoral” “judgment”!

Constable Arthur Speaks
Constable Arthur Speaks
30 July, 2022 12:54 am

I normally have nothing against brown eyes, but the dark eyes of the Jews are a maelstrom that swallows up everything. They radiate something sick, strange, remote, psychopathic, abnormal. They stare at you, full of reproach, hatred and penetrance. They give nothing, but want to take. The eyes are the mirror of the soul, and these eyes are abyss of gloom. Jews are psycho vampires and energy robbers, eternal sleepless hate generators. They are the eyes of perverts and criminals, of thugs, thieves and swindlers. And we are all supposed to constantly “sympathize” with them! Insolence! Don’t we deserve anything else in this world in our one and only short existence than to pay constant attention to them? What do the miserable creatures want from us? They should finally leave… Read more »

Constable Arthur Speaks
Constable Arthur Speaks
30 July, 2022 1:29 am

“To laugh at a donkey, you have to know a horse.” “Hubris” in Greek means “stampeding donkey.” We should move on to laugh heartily at these long-eared donkeys who want to “rule” us, because that is what they are in truth uniquely entitled to.

Hamric Merde
Hamric Merde
30 July, 2022 1:49 pm

Of course, Tolkien came away with a different take on Norse mythology. He was of the Light; this film is rather dark and morose.

Jim - National Alliance Staff
Jim - National Alliance Staff
Reply to  Hamric Merde
30 July, 2022 10:31 pm

Aryans produce many things in many creative ways. Some aspire towards godhood, others to the clouds. Overall, we do well, great, or even legendary when we put work behind ideas. If you’re of our race, do so likewise and within our framework and lets take this as high as we can go: http://www.natall.com/join-us/

Natman Whyt
Natman Whyt
30 July, 2022 4:40 pm

one of VERY FEW examples of modern entertainment that catch my attention.
Another is Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

Hamric Merde
Hamric Merde
Reply to  Natman Whyt
31 July, 2022 12:18 pm

I think that the film, “Legend” by Ridley Scott better exemplifies the European spirit. This film, “the Northman” talks about the European sense of the supernatural, but there is not a single dwarf, elf, or faery in it. Not even a sorcerer. These beings are as real as you and me.

Simon
Simon
4 August, 2022 2:40 am

This is to white people as Braveheart was to Scots. It’s a modern American cultural take on history. It stole much from Conan. A film for children.

Zemma
Zemma
11 August, 2022 7:51 pm

I learned today that Stanley Kubrick was Jewish.
I was not surprised and I am now more unimpressed by his work than I was, if that’s even possible.

Thank You, and have a great day.

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
Reply to  Zemma
11 August, 2022 10:17 pm

As a young person, I was enthralled by
the motion picture “2001: A Space
Odyssey.” Of course, this was long
before I knew of his Jewishness. 
Also, the young girl in the videophone
sequence was that of his daughter
Vivian, who is now a middle-aged
woman. I actually believed that
this was a future which would come
to pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWwo6JpMceg

Zemma
Zemma
Reply to  Walt Hampton
12 August, 2022 3:13 pm

Yeah the truth is, as a boy I somewhat respected his work, in fact in a way I still do, although rather only for his technique. “Barry Lyndon” is one I enjoy watching, but see, it’s on *the rise and fall* of a White man…

Fact is, pure White art/literature does me too much good to consume anything else, for now at least, till I solidify my racial fundamentals as an White man. Especially after a youth wasted in this joke of a society.

Zemma
Zemma
Reply to  Walt Hampton
12 August, 2022 3:36 pm

Also, that White art thing I was mentioning… it’s why my attention was caught by this article. Happily surprised they’re still capable of producing somewhat major motion pictures with no blacks.

For some reason recently I was rewatching excerpts from The Terminator.
I read somewhere that the idea came to James Cameron while he was dreaming. In his dream an entity from the future came to hunt and kill him.
Maybe as a White man he subconsciously foresaw a threat to his future… incidentally making the Terminator films a big finger to Hollywood, whether he is aware of it or not.

Maybe my own subconscious is the reason why I was rewatching it.

Forsaken
Forsaken
12 August, 2022 12:27 am

This movie was suggested to me a month or so ago, from the description given by the guy I was expecting another jew jab at our ancestors or more comic book nonsense…..after reading this article I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised in all aspects, it’s one of those movies which really draws you in & you don’t want it to end. The strong connection of father and son, the ancestral visions, the drive of blut und ehre. This appears to be the only good role Ethan Hawke has ever played (normally his character yaps about how great another race is or their “victimhood”, etc). The one part that bothered me was Gudrun sticking her tongue down Amleth’s throat. Granted they aren’t really related in real life but… Read more »