The Northman

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Robert Eggers’ The Northman, a retelling of the medieval Scandinavian legend of Amleth, is a masterful tribute to the Viking era. Eggers recreates the world of the Vikings with painstaking attention to detail and great respect for his subject.

Eggers does not have Right-wing sympathies. He has condemned the so-called “misappropriation” of the Vikings by White Nationalists. Yet his dogged commitment to authenticity has resulted in a film of which Joseph Goebbels would approve. It would appear that Eggers immersed himself in Viking lore and history to such an extent that he became spiritually possessed and channeled the Viking ethos in a mediumistic fashion.

The legend of Amleth, upon which Shakespeare’s Hamlet is based, is described in Gesta Danorum, a multi-volume...

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May 3rd 2022
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