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Erik the Viking (1989)

by Terry Jones.

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Flames begin to lick upwards from the bottom of the screen.
Suddenly all hell breaks loose. Screaming, yelling. Black figures flash
across the foreground, with the flames still burning behind.
There follows a confusion of burning,  raping, killing and looting - we
don't clearly see what's going on.
Suddenly we cut to the interior of a hut. The door is in the process of
being broken down.  The  camera  pans  onto  the  close-up  face  of an
attractive girl who is staring  in  horrified  fascination at the door.
Her arms are white with fresh dough and flour.
Suddenly the door bursts open and  a wild-looking Viking leaps into the
hut. He holds a sword. He looks around wildly and then his eyes come to
rest on the girl.
This Viking, I'm afraid, is Erik. We are  about to see him in the worst
possible light so be prepared.
The girl,  whose  name  is  Helga,  cowers,  and  looks  terrified  but
Erik glances round.
Then slowly he advances on the girl, forcing her back onto a chest.
Erik holds his sword to Helga's  throat  with his right hand, while his
left hand searches to find the thongs holding up his trousers.
He is clearly having difficulties  trying  to  hold  his heavy sword to
Helga's throat at he same time as  undoing his trousers. He fumbles and
lowers his sword for a moment.

HELGA		Have you done this sort of thing before?
ERIK		Me? Of course! I've been looting  and pillaging up and down the
HELGA (looking sceptical) Looting and pillaging, eh?
ERIK (on the defensive) Yes.
HELGA		What about the raping?
ERIK		Shut up.
HELGA		It's obvious you haven't raped anyone in your life.

He covers her mouth with his free hand, and looks round to make sure no
one's heard. Then he carries on trying  to undo his trousers, but he is
now somewhat more than half-hearted about it.
Helga watches suspiciously.

HELGA		Do you LIKE women?

Erik is clearly shocked and stung by the insinuation. He stops.

ERIK		Of course I like women... I LOVE 'em.
HELGA (pointing out the obvious) You don't love ME.
ERIK		No... right... this  is  RAPE...  Mark  you,  I'm  not saying I
couldn't get to  like  you...  in  fact...  well,  to  be quite
honest, I prefer it when  there's  some  sort of mutual feeling
between two people...
HELGA		What - rape?
ERIK		No. It isn't rape then, is it?
HELGA		Oh, get it over with.
ERIK (hesitates again) I don't suppose... no...
HELGA		What?
ERIK		I don't suppose you... you DO like me at all?
HELGA		What d'you expect? You come  in  here, burn my village, kill my
family and try to rape me...

This is too much for Erik. We withers under the irony.

ERIK		I'll kill you if you say anything about this to anyone.
HELGA (puzzled)	About raping me?
ERIK		About NOT raping you...
HELGA		You DON'T like it, do you?
ERIK		Well it just seems a little bit crude, that's all.
HELGA		What about the killing and looting? That's just as crude, isn't
ERIK		Oh well - you've GOT to do them.
HELGA		Why? Why have you got to go round killing and looting?
ERIK		To pay for the next expedition, of course.
HELGA		But that's a circular argument! If the only reason for going on
an expedition is the killing  and  looting  and the only reason
for the killing and looting is  to pay for the next expedition,
they cancel each other out.
ERIK		Oh! Stop talking as if we were married!
HELGA		Well you started it.
ERIK		I just said I didn't feel like raping you.
HELGA		And I was just saying that  rape  is no MORE pointless or crude
than all the killing and looting that goes on.

Erik vents of his frustration on the already shattered door.

ERIK		Scream.
ERIK		Louder.
HELGA		Aaagh! Rape!
ERIK (he'd forgotten about that) Oh, thanks

Two more Vikings  burst  in  with  eyes  blazing.  They  have  the very
unfortunate names of Ernest and Jennifer, but it doesn't really matter,
for reasons which  will  become  obvious  very  quickly.  They are also
slightly drunk.


Jennifer the Viking sways and leans against a door post. The marauder's
eyes come to rest on Erik  and  Helga  who are standing, fully clothed,
about six feet apart. They look slightly puzzled.

HELGA		He raped me standing up.

There is a pause. Erik looks up at Helga. Why has she saved his face by
telling this lie? Jennifer the Viking turns to Erik.

JENNIFER	You finished, then?
ERIK		Oh... yes... I suppose so...
ERNEST		Right! Me first!
JENNIFER	No! I asked!

Ernest leaps on top of Helga and pins her to the ground. Jennifer joins
in. Erik looks stunned for a moment.  Then he suddenly leaps to Helga's

ERIK		Leave her alone!

He pulls Jennifer off, but  Jennifer  fights back. Erik forces Jennifer
back until he falls into the  kneading  trough. They fight in the dough
for some moments,  until  Erik  runs  Jennifer  through.  The  dough is
stained red, and the  film  is  rid  of  such  an inappropriately named
Viking once and for all.
Erik then turns his attention on Ernest  who  is still on top of Helga.
Without a moment's hesitation, Erik  runs  him through the back. Ernest
screams. So does Helga. Erik turns white, and pulls out his sword.
Ernest falls over into a  heap  with  his  co-misnomer, and Erik kneels
beside Helga to  find  a  bloodstain  under  her  breast  where  he has
inadvertently run her through. She is clearly not long for this world.

HELGA		Thanks for saving me from a fate worse than death.
ERIK		I didn't mean to!
HELGA (gasping for breath) Oh,  that's  all  right  then... it's the thought...
that counts...

Erik cradles her head and tries helplessly to staunch the blood.

ERIK		You told them I raped you - why?
HELGA (dying)	I dunno... you looked so... so vulnerable...
ERIK		Why should you care?
HELGA (dying)	Why... should YOU care?
ERIK		Tell me your name?

Helga looks up at him, but  dies  in  his arms, without ever saying her

ERIK		Tell me... what IS it...?

Erik realizes she has gone. He  gazes  at  her  for some time. He looks
around at the two dead  bodies  beside  them.  Then  he listens to  the
sound of raping and slaughter  continuing  on  the outside. Screams and
bloodthirsty shuts echo alongside the roar  of  flames and the cries of
animals. The camera tracks into a big close-up on Erik. Superimpose the
Second title: TIM ROBBINS.
Mix through to wide shot of  the  burning village. Figures running here
and there.
Superimpose the rest of the opening titles.
By the last of the  opening  titles  the  last  of the flames are dying
Cut to a close-up  of  a  very  loud-looking  Viking screaming into the
camera, as he  hurls  an  axe.  This  Viking's  name is Thorfinn Skull-
The axe thuds into the  wall  a  few  inches  away  from  the face of a
frightened girl, Unn, who is pinned to  the wall with her braids spread
out. The Vikings are hurling  axes  at  her  a  la  Kirk Douglas in THE
Several Vikings sitting at ale-bench, laugh in a rather unpleasant way.
Erik, however, frowns. He is sitting at a  table on a dais, next to his
grandfather, the chief of  the  village.  His grandfather almost chokes
with merriment. Erik's mother glances at him with some hostility.
Meanwhile the drunken Thorfinn has just lifted the totally legless Ivar
the Boneless up off the  floor  and  presses  an  axe  into his hand. A
tremor of nervousness ripples round the  females in the Mead Hall. Ivar
is clearly in no  condition  to  throw  anything,  except, perhaps, the
contents of his stomach.
Unn winces.
Finally, amidst much giggling, Ivar throws  wildly, and the axe smashes
into a jug being carried by one of the serving girls.
The menfolk erupt into  drunken  hysterics  at  this. The women clearly
feel that the occasion is getting out  of  hand. But before any of them
can work up enough  courage  to  intervene, Thorfinn Skull-Splitter has
thrust an axe into  the  hands  of  the  even  more  plastered Sven the
Berserk. Now Sven is not the  Viking  to  let  a little matter like not
being able to see straight stop him  heaving the axe at a young maiden.
He takes the axe and whirls  it  wildly  over  his head. Even the other
drunken Vikings realize this could be  dangerous, and they cower behind
the table. Sven lets go of the axe. Unn shuts her eyes prepared for the
worst. There is a dull thud and a  grunt and then a whoop of mirth. Unn
opens her eyes to find that the axe  has  come to rest in the back of a
totally stupefied Viking who merely slumps forward onto the table he is
sitting at. On the opposite side sits Harald Missionary, a rather seedy
cleric who has long since  given  up  trying  to convert the pagans and
found solace in their mead.  He  thinks  about intervening, but decides
that it's a bit late really and  that  he  might as well finish off his
ale-cup instead. Grimhild Housewife (his  only  admirer) refills it for
At this moment, however, the axe-throwers have  run out of axes, so, as
they go to retrieve the  ones  they've thrown, Harald Missionary salves
his conscience by lurching across to the unfortunate Unn.
He pokes his dog-eared bible under her nose.

HARALD		If you were thinking of  converting,  my dear, this would be an
IDEAL opportunity...
UNN		Not now!
HARALD (who is used to rebuffs) No,  of  course not... (he hesitates) You might
not get another chance, you know...
UNN		Go away.

At this moment another axe  thuds  into  the wall, speeding up Harald's
desire to get back to the ale-bench.

HARALD		Yes, of course... I'll pray for you anyway, my dear...

Suddenly an axe shatters a large earthware vessel.

HARALD		Yes.. That's what I'll do...

Harald scuttles back to the ale-bench as fast as he can.
Erik meanwhile, stares in astonishment  as,  for  a fleeting moment, he
sees Helga, the girl he  accidentally  killed,  standing there with her
braids spread out in place of  Unn.  He  shakes his head and the vision
In the meantime, however, Ivar's mum  (perhaps the toughest lady in the
village) has decided that enough is enough.

IVAR'S MUM	Let her go!
VIKINGS		Yes, why?
SVEN THE BERSERK Why should we let er go?
THORFINN	We haven't hit a single braid yet!

The Vikings all guffaw.
Ivar's mum has had enough. She throws the contents of a jug of ale over
Thorfinn. He is shocked, but  after  the  first  shock he grins evilly,
because now he's been given  carte  blanche  to  do the thing he enjoys
doing most. Without another thought he  throws  a vicious right hook at
Ivar's mum and lays her out cold.
Erik reacts with disgust.
His grandad, however, gives a whoop of glee.

GRANDAD		Whoah! Heee! That showed her!

Meanwhile a little shrivelled old man is jumping up and down.

INGEMUND THE OLD Hey! He hit my wife!

Ingemund starts to go for Thorfinn,  but  Thorhild beats him to it. She
grabs one of  the  long-handled  cooking  griddles  from  the fires and
swings it at Thorfinn.
Thorfinn, however,  ducks,  and  the  red-hot  griddle  hits  Sven  the
Berserk, who is standing with his back to Thorfinn.
Sven screams and goes berserk,  turning  round and hitting Thorfinn who
is now standing upright again.

INGEMUND THE OLD Leave him alone.

Ingemund hits Sven. Thangbrand hits Ingemund and a general fight breaks
Erik's grandad clearly considers  this  the  highlights of the evening,
but Erik looks  at  it  in  disgust  and  at  his  grandad  in despair.
Eventually he gets up and walk out of the Mead Hall.
His grandad notices and  frowns.  He  knows  something's wrong with his
grandson but hasn't a clue what  it  could be. Erik's mother frowns and
nods to his grandad.
Grandad gets up and fights his way through the melee to follow Erik out
of the Hall.
The snow lies thick over  the  village  as Erik's grandfather joins his
grandson beside the little  quay.  Erik  is  staring  broodily into the

GRANDFATHER	What's the matter, son?

Erik doesn't reply. His  grandfather  glances  back  at  the Mead Hall,
whence the sound of the fight drift across the snow.

GRANDFATHER	We're missing all the fun...
ERIK		What's it all about?
ERIK		We toil and labour, we  loot  and pillage, rape and kill... and
GRANDFATHER	You talking piffle, son?
ERIK		Where does it all get us, Grandpa?
GRANDFATHER	Who have you been talking to?
ERIK		I met this girl...
GRANDFATHER	It's always the women that start the trouble.
ERIK		She got me thinking...
GRANDFATHER	So? What'd you do to her?

Erik stops in his tracks - as if brought up short by the horror of what
he has done.

ERIK		I... I... KILLED her...
GRANDFATHER	That's my boy!

Erik's grandfather gives him  a  paternal  hug.  Erik  looks at him and
thinks about the generation gap.
Cut to feet running in the snow. It is day.

ERIK		Freya!

Erik looks around him and calls out again.

ERIK		Freya!

Erik runs into the  distance  -  a  small  figure  against the dramatic
wintry landscape.
      Cut to a remote, barren mountainside.
Erik climbs up into shot,  and  continues  climbing  until he reaches a
cave. He enters it. As his eyes get used  to the dark he can make out a
few signs of life: a cooking  pot  on  a  fire,  a straw bed, a pile of

ERIK		Freya? Freya?

There is a bundle of rags behind  Erik.  A  head rises from it. This is

FREYA		Ah... Erik... Erik the "Viking"...

It is not clear whether her words are not a little mocking.

FREYA		Now what CAN you want with me, Erik the "Viking"?
ERIK		I shouldn't have come.
FREYA		They will make  fun  of  you  for  listening  to an old woman's

Erik doesn't reply. Freya watches him craftily.

FREYA		Young men are only interested in fighting and killing.

Erik looks up at her sharply. It is as if she has read his mind.

ERIK		But has it always been like  that, Freya? From the beginning of

Freya doesn't reply. Instead she walks  to  the mouth of the cave. Erik
follows her. They look out at the grey, desolate landscape. Nothing but
arctic wastes, snow and desolation.  Above  them  the black clouds boil

FREYA		What do you see, Erik?
ERIK		I see the world.
FREYA		I it night or day, Erik?
ERIK		It is day, of course, Freya.
FREYA		Is it summer or winter, Erik?

Erik looks round at the snowy wastes and ten back at Freya, puzzled.

ERIK		The winter is past, thank goodness, Freya. It is summer.

Freya puts her face close to Erik's and peers into his eyes.

FREYA		Have you ever seen the sun, Erik?
ERIK		The sun is up beyond the clouds - where it always is.
FREYA		But have you ever seen it? Think back...
ERIK		Of course not... but...  when  I  was  a child.... I remember a
dream.... it was as if the whole sky was blue...
FREYA		The sky WAS blue, Erik... once.

Erik looks at her.

FREYA		The Old Stories tell of an  age  that would come such as this -
when Fenrir the Wolf would swallow  the sun, and a Great Winter
would settle upon the world. It was  to  be an axe age, a sword
age, a storm age, when brother  would turn against brother, and
men would fight each  other  until  the  world would finally be

Erik looks out across the  bleak  and  gloomy  landscape and the black,
boiling clouds in the sky.

ERIK (almost to himself) Then... this is the Age of Ragnarok?

Freya turns to go back into the cave.

ERIK		Wait, Freya!

Erik re-enters the cave.

ERIK		Is there nothing men can do?
FREYA		The Gods are asleep, Erik.
ERIK		I will go and wake them up!

Freya  turns  and  looks  at  him.   She  clearly  enjoys  his  earnest
enthusiasm, but is afraid he doesn't know what he is talking about.

ERIK		Tell me what I must do, Freya!

Freya thinks for some moments. The she speaks.

FREYA		Erik... Far out in the  midst  of  the Western Ocean there is a
land... men call it Hy-Brasil. There  you will find a horn that
is called Resounding. You  must  take  the Horn Resounding, and
three times you must blow it.  The  first note will take you to
Asgaard. The second will awaken  the  Gods,  and the third note
will bring you home. But remember...  once you are in the spell
of the Horn, hatred will destroy you.

Erik turns to go and then hesitates.

ERIK		And will the dead ever return, Freya?
FREYA		That I cannot tell you.

Cut to a big close-up  of  a  head  being  banged  on the ground. It is
Thorfinn Skull-Splitter's. The person doing  the  banging is an enraged
Sven the Berserk.
Suddenly Erik pushes his way through the crowd and separates them.
There is general disgruntlement all round, and murmurs of: "Who does he
think he is?"

ERIK'S GRANDAD	What are you doing, Erik? Thorfinn just said Sven's grandfather
died of old age.
INGEMUND THE OLD They must fight to the death.
THORFINN SKULL-SPLITTER That's right! Sven must kill me.
OTHERS		Yes. Stay out of this. What's it to do with you? (etc)

Sven grids his teeth and struggles  to  get at Thorfinn, but Erik still
keeps them apart.

ERIK		Aren't you afraid of death, Thorfinn Skull-Splitter?

Thorfinn shrugs.

THORFINN	Not death by the sword! It means I shall drink in Valhalla with
the great warriors.

Cut away To Harald Missionary engaged in his usual business of chatting
up any available female.

HARALD MISSIONARY You don't still believe in all that Valhalla stuff, do you?
HARALD		Fine... right... just checking.

He moves off.

ERIK		And you, Sven, aren't you afraid of crossing the Rainbow Bridge
to Asgaard?
SVEN		I will join my grandfather there.
THORFINN	He's not in Valhalla! He died of old age!
SVEN		You liar!

They start trying to kill each  other  again, and crash through a fence
into the pig-sty. Pigs squeal and run in all directions.

ERIK		Stop it!
OTHERS		Leave them alone! Keep out of it, Erik!

The others pull Erik away.

GRANDAD		There's only one way to settle it.
EVERYONE	Yes! That's right! (etc)

Sven struggles again to  oblige,  and  they  both  topple into the duck
pond. Erik dives back to keep them apart.

ERIK		There is another way.
GRANDAD		Who gets killed?
ERIK		Nobody gets killed.
THORFINN	Oh, well...

He starts attacking Sven again. Erik  decides  there is only one way to
make his  point.  He  lets  fly  with  his  fists  and  lays  both  the
antagonists out for a moment.

ERIK		But it will be dangerous. Maybe none of us will return.
SNORRI THE MISERABLE Ah  well,  that's  much  more  sensible than just Thorfinn
getting killed. Shall we all go and pack now?
SVEN		What are you talking about, Erik?
ERIK		What if we could find Bi-Frost the Rainbow Bridge?

This causes a sensation amongst everyone watching, on the lines of "You
can't do that" and so on. They scoff at Erik.

THORFINN (in disbelief) FIND the Rainbow Bridge?
ERIK		Find it... AND cross it!

Super-sensation amongst everyone  -  except  for  Harald Missionary who
shakes his head sadly.

HARALD		Look! You can't find somewhere that doesn't exist.
GRANDAD (to Harald) Shut up!

Harald shrugs.

SVEN		Only the dead reach Asgaard, Erik.
ERIK		What's the matter? Are you afraid to try?

Thorfinn and Sven are put on the defensive.

THORFINN	Of course we're not afraid to try, but...

Erik rounds on Thorfinn, sensing he had the advantage.

ERIK		"But" what?
ERIK		What?

Thorfinn's mental powers find it hard  to articulate any proposition on
such a vast metaphysical concept. Sven comes to his rescue.

SVEN		Nobody's ever crossed the Rainbow Bridge to Asgaard.
ERIK		We'd be the first!
SNORRI		You mean we'd be dead?
ERIK		No! We'd be the first living  men  to  set foot in the Halls of
the Gods.

Pause. Uncomfortable shifting.

ERIK		I don't know - but I'm not afraid to try.
THORFINN	Well I'M certainly not, either.
SVEN		Neither am I.
ERIK		Then you'll come.
HARALD		But there isn't such a place as... Look...
ERIK		What d'you say?
SVEN		Well... I'm game.

Erik grins. He has persuaded them against their will.

GRANDAD		Aren't you going to go on fighting?

There is general disappointment all around.

GRANDAD		Just have a bit of a fight.
INGEMUND THE OLD I'LL fight someone.
GRANDAD		You're too old.

Cut to an adze striking  timber.  The  Viking's ship, GOLDEN DRAGON, is
being repaired and fitted out for  a  JOURNEY. Erik is there, directing
The camera tracks through all the activity and finally comes to rest on
Keitel Blacksmith. He is a magnificent  mountain  of a man in an Arnold
Schwarzeneggarish sort of way. He hammers  a sword, and sparks fly, but
his eyes keep returning  to  the  preparations  for the voyage. Clearly
something is worrying him.
His assistant, Loki, sidles up to him.

LOKI		Wish you were going too?

Keitel grunts angrily and plunges the  sword into cold water. Steam and

LOKI		But you CAN'T because you're too busy.

Keitel pulls the sword out of the water and tests it. It slices like as
razor, Loki watches.

LOKI		Ooh, that's a good  one!  You  could charge Halfdan fifteen for
that one.
KEITEL		Yes, it is good. But I told him ten.
LOKI		You could charge him what you like.

Loki takes the sword from  Keitel  and  stacks  it alongside a lot more
freshly made swords.

LOKI		You just can't make  enough  swords  and  spears and knives and
daggers to satisfy the demand.  You could charge Halfdan twenty
and he'd pay it.
KEITEL (shocked) Oh, I couldn't do that! The Blacksmith's Code says...
LOKI		Yes yes... of course.... the "Blacksmith's Code"...

Keitel goes back to his forge and pulls out a fresh dollop of white-hot
ore. Loki comes up behind him.

LOKI		If this IS the Age  of  Ragnarok, Keitel Blacksmith, it is GOOD
to us.
KEITEL (banging with his hammer) Can't make enough swords!

Bang! Bang! Bang!

KEITEL		Can't make enough axe-heads!

Bang! Bang! Bang!

LOKI		But, Keitel, if Erik  ever  finds  the Horn Resounding... if he
ever crosses Bi-Frost, the Rainbow  Bridge... if he ever wakens
the gods..

Keitel stops smiting the metal on his forge. He stares into space.

KEITEL		They chase Fenrir the Wolf from the sky...
LOKI		The Age of Ragnarok ends...
KEITEL		The bottom falls out of the sword business!
LOKI		It's not just YOUR livelihood  that's  at stake but your son's,
and the livelihood of ALL blacksmiths.
KEITEL (this touches a nerve in his muscular mind) My brother blacksmiths!
LOKI		That's right.
KEITEL		The Blacksmith's Code says I must...
LOKI		Honour and protect all blacksmiths.
KEITEL (as if reciting his oath) Together we stand!
LOKI		You can't let Erik do THAT.

Loki smiles. He has  Keitel  playing  into  his  hands, although Keitel
doesn't realize it.
Cut to some  days  later.  The  expedition  is  set  to leave. Thorfinn
Skull-Splitter taking leave of his mum and dad.

THORFINN'S MUM	And you've got BOTH axes?
THORFINN	Yes, Mother.
THORFINN'S MUM	And something to sharpen them with?
THORFINN'S MUM	And don't forget: never let your enemy get behind you.
THORFINN	No, Mother.
THORFINN'S MUM	And keep your sword greased.
THORFINN	Yes, Mother. Goodbye, Dad.
THORFINN'S DAD	And don't forget to was - you know - ALL over.
THORFINN'S MUM	And if you  have  to  kill  somebody,  KILL them! Don't stop to
think about it.
THORFINN (mildly) I never do...

Cut to Sven the Berserk  who  is  also  being  lectured. The lecture is
coming from his father - Ulf the Maddeningly Calm.

SVEN'S FATHER (sotto voce) It's a tradition.
SVEN		I know, Dad.
SVEN'S FATHER	I was a Berserk for King Harald Fairhair...
SVEN		You went berserk...
SVEN'S FATHER	I went berserk in every battle I ever fought for King Harald...
SVEN		So did your father...
SVEN'S FATHER	So did my father and his father before him.
SVEN		But it's a responsibility...
SVEN'S FATHER	But it's a responsibility being a Berserk.
SVEN		I must only let the red rage...
SVEN'S FATHER	You must only let the red rage take hold of you in the thick of

A sudden silence falls, as all the  village turns to stare nervously at
Sven. He goes berserk and demolishes  a  nearby  hut with his head. Ulf
the Maddeningly Calm shakes his head.

SVEN'S FATHER	No no... you'll never  make  a  Berserk.  If you let it out now
you'll have nothing left for battle...
IVAR'S MUM	Besides... it's dangerous.
SVEN'S FATHER (gloomily) It's the end of a family tradition.

In another corner of the village  Leif  the  Lucky is standing with his
pregnant girlfriend.

GIRL		Bye, Leif.
LEIF		Bye... sorry...
GIRL		Yeah... well...
LEIF		You will wait?
GIRL		What d'you expect me to do?

She takes a bracelet off her arm and gives it to Leif.

GIRL		Wear this for luck.

Leif looks at it.

LEIF		That's why they call me... Leif the Lucky.
GIRL		Please.

Cut to Harald Missionary  dumping  a  bag  on  board the ship. Grimhild
Housewife is helping him. Snorri looks at him in surprise.

SNORRI		YOU coming? You don't even believe in Asgaard.
HARALD		I thought I might do a bit of business on the way.
SNORRI		You're wasting your time.
HARALD		Listen. I've been in this dump  for sixteen years and I haven't
made a single convert...
SNORRI		There was Thorbjorn Vifilsson's wife. You converted HER.
HARALD		Thorbjorn Vifilsson's wife became a Buddhist, not a Christian.
SNORRI		Same thing, isn't it?
HARALD		No, it is NOT.

Meanwhile in another part of  the  village,  Loki  is strapping a large
consignment of swords onto a  pony.  He  glances  round and then sneaks
surreptiously out of the  village,  over  the  barren  hills of Norway,
under the boiling black skies of Ragnarok.
Back at the quayside,  GOLDEN  DRAGON  is  ready  for the journey. Erik
addresses the villagers.

ERIK		Well... we'll be off now...

Erik's grandad waits for some time  before  he realizes that Erik isn't
intending to say anything else.

GRANDAD		You need to say a bit more than that!
ERIK		Oh... er... yes...

The faces of the village-folk  turn  towards  him. There are many moist
eyes. Erik's mother starts to cry.

ERIK		Oh, there, Mum... (he  turns  and  addresses everyone) Don't be
sad.... You all know why  we're  going,  so don't grieve. Maybe
untold dangers do lie ahead of us,  and some of you may well be
looking at the one you love for the last time...

Someone bursts out  sobbing.  Erik  desperately  tries  to  rally their

ERIK		But don't grieve! Even tough the  Hordes of Muspel tear us limb
from limb... or the Fire Giants  burn  each and every one of us
to a cinder...

More crying.

ERIK		...though we may be swallowed by the Dragon of the North Sea or
fall off the Edge of the World... don't cry.

More crying.

ERIK		No! Don't cry....

By this time most of the village is blubbering profusely.
Cut to Harald Missionary. He has his arm round his weeping girlfriend.

HARALD MISSIONARY Sh... There... it's  all  fantasy,  there's  no Dragon of the
North Sea, no Edge of the World...
ERIK (aside to his Grandad) What's the matter with them?
GRANDAD		Just say something cheerful.
ERIK		Oh... right!  (He  can't  think  of  anything)  Well.... CHEERS

Erik smiles broadly and waves.  The  entire  village stares back at him
with tears in their eyes,  and  biting  their lips. Suddenly one mother
can't hold it back any more.


Another mother rushes out and grabs Ivar the Boneless.

IVAR'S MUM	My son! I don't want you to go!
IVAR		I don't want to go, either...
ERIK		Oh gods! Please, everybody! Keep  calm! It's not certain ALL of
us are going to die... and in  any  case we may not die HIDEOUS

More renewed sobbing. Grandad's eyes go heavenwards.

GRANDAD (to Erik) I think we should go...
ERIK		Right. (he turns for  a  last  salute) Farewell... for the last
time... may the gods prevent...
GRANDAD		No, don't say anything else!

Suddenly Keitel  Blacksmith  steps  forward.  His  muscles  ripple. His
handsome face radiates heroism and manliness.

KEITEL		Wait, Erik!
ERIK		Keitel Blacksmith?

They stop and turn.

KEITEL		You can't go without me.  Who  will repair your swords and mend
your shields?

Renewed sobs from the women.

WOMEN		Oh, no! Ah, lackaday! Not HIM too!
ERIK		What's the matter now?
UNN		If Keitel Blacksmith goes with you...
THORHILD	We'll have no one to do the things he did for us.
THORKATLA THE INDISCRETE OR sharpen our knives and make our pans.

An awkward silence. The others all  turn  on  her  and frown - a bit of
shin-kicking goes on. It's  clear  that  Keitel  is popular amongst the
womenfolk. Erik doesn't notice.

ERIK		You will have Keitel's assistant, Loki, to do all that.
WOMEN		Loki? Eurrgh!
ERIK		What's wrong with Loki? He's become very good at blacksmithing.
WOMEN		Yes... but...
THORKATLA	He's so small and...

The others all shush her up. More shin-kicking.

THORHILD (innocently) Oh, yes... we've got Loki... That's true...

Cut to Loki leading his  pony  across  a bleak landscape. He eventually
stops and looks ahead. There stands  a gibbet with two corpses dangling
from it. He is nearing his destination.
Cut back to Erik and his men getting into GOLDEN DRAGON.
Erik notices Thorfinn and Sven quarrelling over Leif the Lucky.

ERIK		Hey, you two! What's going on?
SVEN		I was sitting there.
LEIF		No, you weren't.
THORFINN	Leif's sitting here. I need a bit of luck.
LEIF		See.
SVEN		Look, I bagged it last week.
ERIK		It doesn't matter WHERE you sit!
SVEN		Yes it does! We could be at sea for months.
ERIK		Well, what difference does it make where you're SITTING?
SVEN		I don't want to have to sit next to Snorri all that time.

Sven nods towards Snorri the Miserable -  an Eeyore of a Viking if ever
there were one.

SNORRI		Thank you VERY much indeed.
ERIK		Now stop it!
SNORRI		It's SO nice to feel wanted.
ERIK		Leif, you sit there. Even,  you sit there. Harald, you'd better
sit over there...
SNORRI		Trust me to get the missionary.

Suddenly Erik notices Sven's father climbing aboard.

ERIK		What are YOU doing here?
SVEN'S DAD	You may need a real Berserk.
SVEN		I AM one, Dad!
ERIK		We haven't got a spare place.
IVAR		He can have my place. I don't want to go anyway.
ERIK		Well, you ARE!
KEITEL		Bjorn's not. He could have Bjorn's place.
ERIK		What's the matter with Bjorn?
THORFINN	Nothing... Halfdan the Black chopped his hand off last night.
ERIK		HE was lucky... (to Sven's dad) Sit there.
SNORRI		You can't have  Sven's  father  sitting  next  to Sven. They'll
argue the whole time.
ERIK		That's true. (to Sven) YOU'D  better sit there. (to Sven's dad)
You there, and Ornulf there.
SNORRI		Now you've got all the big ones on one side.

Erik looks around. It is true that  all  the tall burly ones are on one

ERIK		All right, you go there. You here...

Sven's dad and Ornulf swap places.

SVEN'S DAD	Ohh! I wanted to sit next to Leif.
ERIK		Shut up. You there. You there and you there.

Ivar and Ornulf swap places. Erik surveys this re-arrangement.

ERIK		That's better.
SNORRI		Now you've got all the ones with beards on one side and all the
moustaches on the other.

This is true. Erik thinks some moments and then:

ERIK		It doesn't matter.

They start to haul the  sail  up.  Ropes  are released. The boat rocks.
Suddenly a voice cuts through the crowd. It is Erik's mother.

ERIK'S MUM	Wait! Wait! Wait!
ERIK		What is it? (he is clearly a little embarrassed)
ERIK'S MUM	Here, son.

She tries to hand Erik what  looks  unmistakably like a pillow. Erik is

ERIK'S MUM	Your father always made sure he could rest his head at night.

Erik is mortified. The others snigger, though not without some sympathy
for Erik. They've ALL been  embarrassed  by  their  mums at one time or

ERIK		I can't take THAT on a voyage!
ERIK'S MUM	It was your father's!

Erik will find it hard to refuse now. But he hesitates.

ERIK'S MUM	It was the pillow HE took  with  him. He said it once saved his

Erik reluctantly takes the precious object. His mother kisses him.
Everyone has fallen silent  now.  The  relatives  stand helpless on the
shore as GOLDEN DRAGON starts to drift  away from them. The Vikings sit
in their places, hands on the oars looking back at their loved ones.
Erik stands at the prow of  GOLDEN  DRAGON.  For  a moment he thinks he
sees the girl he  killed,  standing,  white  in  death, the spear-wound
still fresh. Erik raises his hand in a half-goodbye.
We cut back to the loved ones,  now  the  girl is no longer there. They
too half-raise their hands.
Erik suddenly turns and gives a shout:

ERIK		Huuup!

The oars go up and then into the water, and GOLDEN DRAGON commences her
Cut back to GOLDEN DRAGON at sea.
Snorri is feeling queasy and gazing  gloomily at the receding coastline
of Norway. Thangbrand is sitting near him and feeling equally queasy.

SNORRI		Have a good look... that's the last we'll see of old Norway.

Snorri is desperately trying to control his insides.

SNORRI		Goodbye home...  goodbye  family...  goodbye  loved ones... (he
starts to throw up) Goodbye lunch...

Harald Missionary puts his arm around Snorri.

HARALD		You know, my son, our lord said...
HARALD		Quite... MY lord... said: "The  Prayer  of Faith shall have the
SNORRI		I hope the Dragon of the North Sea gets YOU AND your lord.

Harald Missionary gives him a condescending  smile and a weary shake of
the head. He knows the Dragon of the North Sea does not exist.

HARALD		Darkness and ignorance...

Meanwhile Ivar the Boneless  and  Sven  the  Berserk are both suffering
from the effects of the sea.

SVEN (keeping a wave of nausea down) It's not so bad when you're rowing.

Thorfinn gobs onto the whetstone with  which  he is sharpening his axe.
Sven can control himself no longer. He rushes for the side.

SVEN THE BERSERK I want to die.

This sets off Ivar.


He leaps up and pukes over  the  side.  Mass puking breaks out all over
the boat.
Keitel Blacksmith looks around  at  his  preoccupied  shipmates, and it
slowly dawns upon him that this  might  be  the  moment to try a little
He goes to the ship's lodestone, which is hanging from the mast. Keitel
glances around. No one is  looking,  but  this sort of covert behaviour
goes against his normally sunny and open disposition.

KEITEL (to himself) The Blacksmith's Code...

He steels himself, takes down  the  lodestone,  snaps  out the piece of
metal in the base and throws it over the side.
Keitel hangs it up again on the mast.

THORFINN	Are you all right?
IVAR		No, I'm not.
THORFINN	You don't need to feel bad about being sea-sick, you know.
IVAR		How can you help feeling bad when you're sea-sick?
THORFINN	I mean many of the greatest sailors were.


IVAR		I know. I know.
THORFINN	Olaf Tryggvason used to throw  up on every single voyage... the
whole time... non-stop... puke... puke... puke.
IVAR		Look! I don't feel BAD about it. I just feel ILL.

Thorfinn pauses and waits for a wave of nausea to creep up on Ivar.

THORFINN	He used to puke in his sleep.
IVAR		Bastard.

He throws up.
Meanwhile Erik is in the stern, gazing out behind them.

ERIK		Thorfinn... look over there.

Thorfinn leaves Ivar and joins Erik.
On the horizon a sinister sail  is  following them. Thorfinn grins with
evil pleasure. He scents a fight.
Erik turns to the crew.

ERIK		Break out the oars!

Thorfinn's smile disappears and he spins round to confront Erik.

THORFINN	What are you talking about?
ERIK (to his reluctant crew) Come on, move it!

Most of the men are being sea-sick.

MORD FIDDLE	We've only just started cooking lunch.

The crew glance at Mord Fiddle and then throw up again.

ERIK		Move it!

Reluctantly  the  crew  take   up   their  rowing  positions.  Thorfinn
buttonholes  Erik  (except  of   course   that   he  doesn't  have  any

THORFINN	It's Halfdan the Black!
ERIK		I know. Snorri! Get your oar out!

Snorri is sitting in position but without his oar. Keitel has meanwhile
joined them. He, too, stares at the  horizon. He is a little puzzled by
this turn of events. Loki has  said  nothing about Halfdan coming after

KEITEL (uneasily) Do you suppose he wants to stop us waking the Gods?

Erik looks at Keitel with a  certain  amount of contempt. Keitel is not
renowned even amongst these Vikings for his brain-power.

ERIK		What do you think?
KEITEL		But how could he know... unless...

Keitel stops in mid-sentence as he realizes it must be Loki's doing.

THORFINN (scornfully) So are you going to run away from him, Erik?

Erik turns to Thorfinn.

ERIK		Row, Thorfinn Skull-Splitter.

Thorfinn hesitates.

ERIK		And you, Keitel Blacksmith.
KEITEL		But...

Keitel shrugs and turns to take up  his  rowing position. He is still a
little confused by this turn of events. Erik confronts Thorfinn.

ERIK		I gave an order. Or didn't you hear?

There is something about Erik's  manner  that carries an authority that
Thorfinn cannot argue with.

ERIK		Come on, Ivar.

Erik manhandles Ivar over to his  drum  and thrusts his drumsticks into
his hands.
Halfdan's ship is twice the size  of  Erik's  and,  as Erik is only too
well aware, consequently travels at twice  the  speed. There is no real
chance of them escaping,  unless...  Erik  suddenly  catches sight of a
thick bank of mist in the distance, and steers his ship towards it.

IVAR (still feeling ill) I  want  to  die...  (then, suddenly catching sight of
Halfdan's ship behind him) No, I don't!
ERIK		Row! Row! Row!

Ivar tries to get into the new  rhythm,  but has a bit of difficult. As
Halfdan's ship gains on them inexorably,  GOLDEN DRAGON glides into the
sea mist. There is a  tremendous  roll  of  thunder very close. All the
Vikings look scared. Erik, however, grins.

ERIK		Row! Row! Row!

He doubles the speed. The drum beats faster.

SVEN'S DAD (shouts out angrily) We can't keep this up!

Erik grins and then leans  on  the  steering  oar. GOLDEN DRAGON curves
around to its left. Then Erik lays his hand on Ivar's drum and silences

ERIK		Oars up!

The Vikings ship their oars  and  sit  there  in  the mist listening to
beating of Halfdan's drum getting closer and closer.
At the final moment, however, Halfdan  swings  his ship in the opposite
direction from Erik's and the  sound  of  his  drum disappears into the
mist. Erik's men breathe a sigh of relief... even Keitel Blacksmith...
Fade up some time later. GOLDEN DRAGON is still drifting in the mist.
Erik has his  fish-lodestone  and  is  trying  the  direction,  but the
lodestone is just swinging round  uselessly.  After trying a few times,
Erik gives up and throws the lodestone away into the boat.
The men peer into the thick mist; they are lost.
Suddenly Erik sees something ahead.

ERIK		The Gates of the World...

GOLDEN DRAGON silently guides between two weird islands.

ERIK		We have passed through the Gates  of the World (he looks around
at the other) No we are in the Unknown...

GOLDEN DRAGON drifts on and the mist  gets thicker. There is a crash of
thunder. Then a series of flashes  lights  up the mist around them. The
Vikings are uneasy, sensing a storm brewing. Suddenly Erik points above
them. The others look up too. They all gasp.

ERIK (hardly daring to breathe) So THAT is what the sun looks like!

Above them hangs  a  luminous  yellow  globe,  its  light just breaking
through the mist.

VIKING (to each other) The sun! It's the sun! Look!
SVEN'S DAD (in wonderment) I never though I should live to see the sun again.

The Vikings all gaze up above them in awe. Harald looks from one to the
other and then tries to follow their eyelines. He clearly can't see it.
Magic music fills the air. Suddenly  the  "sun"  swoops off to one side
and starts swaying from one side to another.

ERIK		Should the sun do that?
HARALD MISSIONARY What are you looking at?
ERIK		Look out!

The Vikings scream and  flatten  themselves  against  the  sides of the
boat, as the "sun"  suddenly  lurches  down  on  them  out  of the sky,
revealing for the first time  that  it  is  NOT  the  sun  at all but a
strange monster with a long neck that  disappears off into the mist and
a glowing globe for a head,  and  huge  chomping jaws. The Vikings are,
understandably, terrified.

VIKINGS		It's not the sun! It's not the sun!
SNORRI		It's the Dragon of the North Sea!
HARALD MISSIONARY (knowingly) Ah! THAT'S why I can't see it.

As the Dragon  of  the  North  Sea  rises  up  again,  however, its jaw
apparently drops off and falls to the deck, and lands on Snorri.


Keitel nervously picks it up and holds it  up for everyone to see. I is
a strand of sea-weed. The  Vikings  are  non-plussed. They look back at
their now jawless monster. Harald Missionary picks up the sea-weed.

HARALD		Some dragon! Ooh!

He tosses it back amongst  his  terrifies companions. Suddenly there is
an incredibly loud clap of thunder and flames shoot out of the mist.

SVEN		Look out!

As... unbelievably... a huge monstrous visage  looms out of the mist...
It is a creature from  the  nethermost  depths  of the ocean... and the
incandescent globe is no more than a  sprouting on the end of its nose!
More fire shoots out from its  nostrils  and sends all the Vikings (and
even Harald Missionary) diving for  the  deck.  Then the monstrous head
disappears back into the mist as  quickly  as it came, taking its light
with it...
The Vikings are paralysed with fear for one brief moment.


They all scramble for  the  oars  in  a  determined  hysteria. Ivar the
drummer, in his panic, has set a  ridiculously fast rate and nobody can
keep up with it.

ERIK		Slower! Nobody can row at that speed!
IVAR (hoarsely)	Sorry.
HARALD		What's all the panic about?
SVEN'S DAD (in a panic, shouting back over his shoulder) The Dragon...

Harald gives a patronising smile.

HARALD		Children afraid of the dark...

Suddenly there is another roar, and  flames  shoot  out of the mist and
across the deck  of  GOLDEN  DRAGON.  One  man,  Ornolf Fishdriver, who
hasn't had much  to  say  so  far,  is  set  on  fire.  Another, Bjarni
Jerusalem-Farer, who has and will  have  even  less  to say then Ornolf
Fishdriver, leaps out of the way of the flames and falls over the side.

THORFINN	Man over board!

Thorfinn starts trying to fish him  out.  Ivar has started to panic and
is beating the drum too fast.

ERIK		Slower! In... Out...
IVAR		Sorry!
SVEN (his eyes showing their whites) We're being attacked! KILL! Kill! Kill!
SVEN'S DAD	Not now, Sven...
SVEN		I must KILL! Kill!
SVEN'S DAD	It's no good going berserk against a dragon!

Sven's dad slaps him around the  face.  There  is another roar from the
monster. Erik turns to Ivar.

ERIK		Faster!
IVAR		Make your mind up.

Suddenly the Dragon's head appears  out  of  the  mists above them once
again. There is panic amongst the  Vikings  as some start to row faster
than others. Screams.

ERIK		Keep up the strike!

The Dragon's jaws open. Flame  licks  out,  and  down the centre of the
vessel. There are screams as the Vikings leap out of the way. Sven goes
berserk again.

SVEN'S DAD	Stop it!

The Dragon's eyes dilate and its jaws open. The men throw themselves to
the deck as if expecting  more  fire.  But instead the creature's fangs
crash into the wood of the stern of GOLDEN DRAGON.

ERIK		Row!

Erik looks around at his terror-stricken  crew.  He realizes this is an
important moment. It is up to  him  to  save the situation. Suddenly an
idea occurs to him, as he catches  sight  of the pillow that his mother
gave him.

ERIK		Keep rowing!

Erik dashes to his sea-chest under the mast and pulls out the pillow.

THORFINN	Erik! Row! What are you doing?
ERIK (holding up the pillow) It saved my father!

Erik starts to shin up the mast.

SNORRI		Barmy.

Sven's dad is desperately holding Sven back.

ERIK		Row!
SNORRI		Has anyone told him we've got a dragon eating our boat?

Erik has reached the top  of  the  mast  and  is  now right up with the
incandescent globe on the end  of  the  long  stalk that grows onto the
monster's nose.  He  grabs  hold  of  it  and  swings  across  onto the
monster's nose. At his moment Sven  breaks  free  of his dad and throws
himself onto one of the Dragon's teeth.

SVEN		Red mist!

He bangs his  head  against  the  monstrous  denture.  Sven's dad looks
heavenward in despair.
Cut to Harald Missionary who  is  offering  his  bible to the petrifies
Vikings in the prow.

HARALD		It's at time like this that  you'll find this book MOST useful,
you know...

Keitel takes the bible from him and hits him over the head with it.

KEITEL		Row! You idiot!

The monster's eyes dilate  wildly  as  they  try  to  focus on the tiny
figure of Erik on its  snout.  Erik  shoves  the  pillow  up one of the
Dragon's nostrils. Snorri  watches  Erik  incredulously.  He shakes his

SNORRI		His father went crazy too...  Used  to  take forty winks in the
middle of a battle...

Thorfinn frowns - he has a glimmering of an idea of what Erik is doing.
Erik now plunges his sword through  the pillow in the Dragon's nostril,
and feathers immediately fly into the air.

ERIK		Now... take a deep breath.

The Dragon goes cross-eyed, trying to see what's going on on its snout.

ERIK		Go on! Breathe in, you cod-brain!

Meanwhile the Dragon's tongue suddenly licks out around its tooth. Sven
instantly slices through it with  his  sword.  The bright blood spurts,
like bursting a sausage. The Dragon gives  an agonized roar and a sharp
intake of breath. The feathers that have leaked out from the pillow are
instantly sucked inside and the  whole  pillow  disappears right up the
Dragon's nose.
For a moment  everyone  holds  their  breath.  The  Dragon's eye dilate
wildly. Then it wrinkles its snout. Then it starts what is unmistakably
a sneeze.


Erik leaps back across the mast.


A hurricane of wind and  feathers  blasts  out of the Dragon's nostrils
and hits all the Vikings at once. Everyone is disgusted by the Dragon's

SNORRI		Urgh! What's it been eating?

But the blast has already  catapulted  the  boat  into  the sky, and it
hurtles through the clouds. leaving  the  Dragon  of  the North Sea far
behind. They all look up at Erik and cheer.
Shot of Erik. He doesn't look too happy.
Neither does Ivar the Boneless,  because  he  too has just noticed that
they are now flying and the ocean  is several thousand feet below them.
Ivar screams. The other all rush to the side to look too.

ERIK		No! No! Get back!

Unfortunately they all rush to  the  SAME  side  and the boat tips over
with far more instability  than  when  it  is  in  the  water. Leif and
Thangbrand are catapulted down into the sea. We watch them descend into
tiny dots and tiny unheard splashes below.

THORFINN	Who was that?
SNORRI		Leif the Lucky.

Others are almost falling out. There is renewed panic.

ERIK		Get back!

Poor Erik is still  up  the  mast  but  has  been  dislodged and is now
hanging on by his hands, dangling over the  open sea. Some of the men -
Thorfinn and Sven the Berserk amongst  them - are hauling themselves up
the almost vertical slope of the  deck,  trying to redress the balance.
Meanwhile Keitel Blacksmith is dangling by one hand.

KEITEL		I can't hold on! I can't hold on!

Sven worms his way along the  edge  -  at  great peril to himself - and
grabs Keitel's wrist just as his fingers slip.

KEITEL		Aaagh!
SVEN		Got you!

Keitel looks up in Sven's  eyes.  He  is  totally at Sven's mercy. What
thoughts are going through his mind? How  is he going to betray Sven in
future if he is rescued? Guilt suddenly overwhelms him.

KEITEL		Let me go, Sven.
SVEN		What are you talking about?
KEITEL		I'm not worth risking your life for.
SVEN		I've got you, Keitel Blacksmith. If you go... I go too...
KEITEL		For your own sake... For the others... I...
SVEN		Hang on...

The boat begins to right itself just  as Erik finally can't hold on any
more, and he plummets, straight into  the  ship, and through the bottom
up to his waist. His legs dangle.
At the same moment the  prov  of  the  boat  tips and suddenly they are
plummeting down towards the ocean. They  hit the water with an almighty
splash. Erik is thrown clear of the hull  by the force of the water now
cascading up through the hole he has made.

SNORRI		First we're flying - now we're sinking!
ERIK		Well, come on!

He whisks off his helmet  and  starts  bailing.  All follow suit. Night
Some time later.
The Vikings are still bailing out, but the water is up to their thighs.

IVAR THE BONELESS Who are we fooling? It's hopeless!

Ivar flings down the helmet  with  which  he's been bailing. The others
look at each other. They are reconciled to the fact that they are going
to drown.

HARALD MISSIONARY (hopelessly) Let's sing something!
SNORRI		Anyone know any good drowning songs?

The suggestion falls flat.

ERIK		Listen! Maybe we won't  get  to  Hy-Brasil! Maybe we won't find
the Horn Resounding... but at least we've tried... and at least
we shall have died like men.
SNORRI		Like fish.
SVEN		Shut up.
THORFINN (raising his sword) Erik's right! We'll all meet in Valhalla.
IVAR		I don'T want to die!
HARALD MISSIONARY Isn't there ANYBODY who'd like  to be christened before we go

Silence. A distinct lack of enthusiasm.

HARALD		It can't do you any HARM...
SVEN'S DAD	What do we have to do?
HARALD		Nothing... I just immense you in water...

The ship creaks and starts to  go  under.  Erik picks his up his sword.
The others follow suit.

ERIK		Don't let me drown, Thorfinn!

Water starts to pour over  the  sides  of  the  boat. Erik and Thorfinn
raise their swords to each other.

THORFINN	Till we meet in Valhalla.

They all prepare to run each other through. The boat sinks rapidly.

IVAR THE BONELESS I'm too young! Oh  Odin!  Not  me! Please not me! Perhaps I'd
rather drown...
HARALD MISSIONARY I do WISH you'd let me convert you.

Then Erik pauses in his attempt to  kill Thorfinn and looks around. The
ship has sunk, but the prow and  the  stern posts are still sticking up
out of the water,  and  the  Vikings  themselves  are  only up to their

ERIK		How deep IS the ocean?
THORFINN	Very deep... usually...

The realization gradually dawns on  the  Vikings that they're not going
to sink any more.

ERIK		Wait! Nobody kill anybody!

Fade up on the sun  shining  down  from  a  blue  sky. The Vikings have
fallen asleep where we last  saw  them  -  up  to their necks in water.
Gradually the warmth of the  sun  coaxes  them  awake - Thorfinn is the
first to look up and see the brilliant shining orb in the sky.

THORFINN	What is it?
IVAR THE BONELESS (he panics and turns) It's the Dragon again!
ERIK		No.. no, it isn't...

Ivar has turned and is staring at something else.

ERIK		Look, the sky is blue...
SVEN'S DAD	The sun! That's it!

Ivar, meanwhile, is recovering from  the amazement that has immobilized
him. He taps Erik on the shoulder. Erik turns and he, too, gasps.

ERIK		Look!

They all turn to see  they  are  standing  in  the  shallow waters of a
natural harbour. Above nestle the white  walls  of a beautiful city set
in a green and pleasant land.

VIKINGS		Yeaaaah!

The Vikings wade ashore,  enchanted  by  the  paradise  they see before
them. All at once Thorfinn spies something. He draws his sword and they
all approach with caution to find that under a weeping willow tree lies
the most beautiful girl. She is raven-haired, scantily dressed and fast
asleep. The Vikings approach  her  with  trepidation,  their swords and
axes drawn. They glance around uneasily.

SNORRI (whispers) She's got no clothes on!
THORFINN	It's disgusting.
ERIK		Get her weapons.

Sven kneels quietly  beside  the  girl.  She  stirs.  Sven freezes. The
others look around fearfully.

SVEN (whispers)	She hasn't got any.
ERIK (incredulous) She MUST have a knife or something...

But they look. She hasn't.

THORFINN	What kind of place IS this?
IVAR THE BONELESS P... p...perhaps they've  got weapons we haven't even dreamed

Suddenly the girl stirs again in her sleep. The Vikings retreat several
paces and grip their  weapons,  and  glance  around  as if expecting an

THORFINN	Let's hack her to pieces.
KEITEL		Well, what else do we do?
ERIK		How about making friends?
SVEN (with disgust) "FRIENDS"?
VIKINGS		Eurrgh!
ERIK		What's wrong with making friends?
THORFINN	You don't go through all  the  hardships  of an ocean voyage to
make "friends".
SVEN		We can make "friends" at home...

This conversation has woken the girl, Aud.

AUD		Welcome!

The Vikings react with terror, take a  step back and raise their swords
and axes.

ERIK		WHAT did you say?
AUD		I said welcome.
ERIK (suspiciously) WELCOME?
AUD		Well, of course. We always welcome friends.

The Vikings look at each other  and  at  their swords. They don't think
they look that much like friends themselves.

ERIK		How d'you KNOW we're "friends"?
AUD		Well, EVERYONE is friends here on Hy-Brasil.
SVEN		Hy-Brasil?
ERIK		Is THIS Hy-Brasil?
AUD		Well, of course.

The Vikings erupt into an  impromptu  dance  of joy, hugging each other
and waving their swords in the air.

AUD		Please! Please! What are those?
ERIK		What are what?
AUD		Those things in your hands.
ERIK		These? What are THESE? They're swords.

Aud instantly recoils with terror.

AUD		Oh no! NO! Out them down! PUT THEM DOWN!

The Vikings gradually cease their mock battles  and turn to look at Aud
with incredulity.

ERIK		What's the matter?
AUD		PLEASE! You don't know what you're doing!
ERIK		What?
AUD		Put them down! (To Erik) PLEASE make them put them down.
OTHERS		Yes, why?
ERIK		Yes.
AUD		But surely you know...?
VIKINGS		Er... n... no...
ERIK		Know what?

Cut to big close-up of King Arnulf.

KING ARNULF	The wonderful blessing under which we live here on Hy-Brasil!

The king beams. The Vikings shift uneasily.  They look out of place and
extremely scruffy in the  midst  of  the  scantily dressed courtiers of
Hy-Brasil. Aud sits beside her father the King.

ERIK		No... we don't...
KING ARNULF	The Gods decreed  that  if  ever  sword spills human blood upon
these shores, the  whole  of  Hy-Brasil  will  sink beneath the

King Arnulf beams rapturously  at  the  Vikings,  expecting  them to be
overjoyed. Instead they are horrified.

THORFINN	That's terrible!
ERIK		You mean if just ONE PERSON gets killed?
KING ARNULF	Yes! (He thinks: isn't it wonderful?)

The Vikings look at each other, feeling they haven't quite understood.

THORFINN	You mean... you can't kill ANYBODY?
KING ARNULF	Right! Isn't it wonderful?

The Vikings are non-plussed.

THORFINN	What? Not being able to kill anybody?
KING ARNULF (bemused) Well, of course.
ERIK (interested) How?
KING ARNULF (explaining the obvious)  Well...  for  a start... er... there's no
ERIK		Well, OBVIOUSLY there's no killing.
KING ARNULF	Well... [isn't it great?]
THORFINN	But how d'you take revenge?
KEITEL (guiltily) How do you punish people?
IVAR		How do you DEFEND yourselves?
KING ARNULF (getting a little irritated)  We  don't have to. We're all terribly
nice to each other. Aren't we?

Aud catches Erik's eye and gives  him  a dangerously slow wink. A pause
of disbelief from the Vikings.

SVEN		ALL the time?
KING ARNULF	Well, of course! We HAVE to be.

He turns and conducts the courtiers, who chant in unison:

COURT		"Being nice to each other is what it's all about."
KING ARNULF (rising as if to sing) You see?
We're terribly nice to each other
We're friendly bold and free.
We never say anything nasty
'Cause we dare not...
COURT (almost SINGING) No sirreeeee!

They hold the note while King Arnulf looks anxiously at the Vikings.

KING ARNULF	Would you like us o sing to you?
ERIK		That's very  kind  of  you,  but  we're  in  rather  a hurry...

King Arnulf claps and the court stop singing.

KING ARNULF	What's the matter, don't you WANT to hear our singing?
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!

They restrain Sven.

ERIK		Of course we're not; we'd genuinely like to hear you sing.
ERIK		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-
COURT (disappointed) Oh...
KING ARNULF (apologetically to Vikings) It isn't the one we're BEST at.
CHAMBERLAIN	Couldn't we do the one that goes "TI-TUM-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-TUM-TI-TI-TUM"?
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.
REST OF COURT	No! Right! I agree!
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 this...

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

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

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...
ERIK		Yes?

King Arnulf hesitates - he bites his lip and then takes the plunge.

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 about the?
ERIK		You mean... you HAVE got into bed with somebody else?
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
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 you?
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 the horizon.

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 you?

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

KING ARNULF	I can SMELL one of  those  strangers... That's who it is, isn't

Aud keeps mum.

KING ARNULF	This is the fifth one this week.

Before he can stop himself, Erik blurts out:

ERIK		Fifth...

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 Arnulf's face.

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 in there...

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 or other....
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 magic...
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 her...

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 gift.
ERIK		"The fifth one this week"!
AUD		Oh, for goodness' sake!
ERIK		And I thought you said it was something special...

Aud runs to his side and puts her arms around him.

AUD		That's just what I was trying to tell you. You ARE...
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

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 closer.

ERIK		We mustn't let him land!
AUD		Who?
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

KING ARNULF	I might have known it was you!
MUSICIAN 1 (pinning Erik's arms behind him) I'm not hurting you, am I?
ERIK		What?
MUSICIAN 2	You WILL tell us if we hurt you?

They start to march Erik through the palace.

ERIK		Let me go!

Erik struggles.

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 Erik up.

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 lands! Ow!
MUSICIAN	Ooh! I'm terribly sorry.
KING ARNULF	Who is Halfdan the Black?
ERIK		He's trying to stop us waking the Gods.
ERIK		Because that's how he makes his money, by war and plunder!
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 you?

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 waves.

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 stomach?
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?
AUD		Why?

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 invisible body.

AUD		It's in the chest.

Erik races over and grabs the cloak.

AUD		No!
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 ground.

AUD		Erik!

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

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 lavatory.
THORFINN	Oh, yes! I hadn't noticed that!
SNORRI		Oh, shut up, you two. You're making us ALL nervous.

Erik leaps into GOLDEN DRAGON brandishing the Cloak Invisible.

ERIK		So Halfdan the Black's using magic, is he? Well, I have a magic
to match his! (he holds up the Cloak Invisible)
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

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.

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

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 Erik.


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-soldiers.

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 advisers.

HALFDAN		What's going on?
HALFDAN		Well, why isn't he scared of us?

Erik, meanwhile approaches  one  of  the  dog-soldiers  and makes silly
faces at him.

ERIK		Boo!

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 JApanese.

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 before?
DOG-SOLDIER 2	They're usually too scared of us.

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 to admiration.

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 adviser, Eilif.

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

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		Ivar!

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!

Snorri appears from behind.

SNORRI (to Sven's dad) What about you? Why don't YOU 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 comrades.

LOKI		To save YOU, Erik.

Erik is about to say "But  how  can  you  see me? I'm wearing the Cloak

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 b the power of Loki's will, but he is deeply ashamed
of his complicity in Loki's deeds.  Snorri gazes at Keitel with growing

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... Musicians!

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 Horn Resounding.

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 disappointed.

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 morning.

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 without it.

Keitel frowns. Then an obvious thought limps across his muscular mind.

KEITEL		But why me? Why don't you do it?

Somebody stirs.

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 Oath?

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		Hurry!

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

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

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.

SNORRI		Keitel!

Keitel jumps out of his skin.

SNORRI		What are you doing, Keitel Blacksmith?
KEITEL		Get away, Snorri.
SNORRI		What have you got there?

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.

AUD		No!

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 his hands.

KING ARNULF	Stay calm! This is NOT happening.

The King then hurries out of a door at the top of the staircase.

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 thousand.

By this time the  water  is  up  to  people's  knees,  and several have
crowded onto the lower steps to avoid getting wet.

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 you, course.
KING ARNULF	No, of  course  you're  not,  citizen.  But  let's stick to the
facts. There has  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, NOT sinking.

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 forward.

ANOTHER CITIZEN	May I just make a  point  in support of what King Arnulf's just
KING ARNULF	We'd be delighted - wouldn't we?
CITIZENS	Yes, we'd certainly like  to  hear  what  one  of us has got to

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 happening.
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 com-
mittee to find out exactly  what  IS  going  on, and meantime I
suggest we have a sing-song!
CITIZENS	Good idea!
ANOTHER		Can we do the one that goes "TUM-TI-TUM-TI-TUM-TI-TUM"?

Erik looks around in despair.
Meanwhile in another street someone is struggling in the floodwater.

LOKI		I can't swim! I can't swim!
KEITEL		Relax!
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!
LOKI		Help!
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 the water.

LOKI		Help!

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 indignation.

SVEN (with hurt surprise) You hit him!
HARALD		Well, it's what you're supposed to do... isn't it?

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 attention.
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.

CITIZENS	...Te...Tum!
KING		You know, I think we're getting better.
CITIZEN 1 (with genuine interest) How can you tell?
KING (a bit stumped) Er...
AUD		Father!

The King looks up.

KING ARNULF	It's all right! It isn't happening!
AUD		But, Father, it IS!
ERIK		Get on board!
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 than you...

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 fatherly way.

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

ERIK (to himself) We must blow the first  note...  he note that will take us to
SVEN (nervously and with awe in his voice) Over the Edge of the World.

The other men look up at the  Horn  Resounding, and begin to feel a bit

ERIK		We are going where only the dead have been before...

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 spluttering.

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 bit angry.

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.

ERIK		Sven!
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 happen...
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 are shouting.

LOKI		Help!
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
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 to you!

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

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

Then it is Aud once more.  But  in  that  split second Loki has stabbed

ERIK		Arrgh!

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
AUD		I didn't know!
KEITEL		Now she wants to send us over the Edge of the World!
AUD		How else d'you think we're going to get to Asgaard?

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

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 strength.
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 support them.

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 to Erik.

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 love YOU?
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 other Vikings.

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 awe.

ERIK		Asgaard!
SVEN'S DAD	Up there, you fathead.

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.

AUD		Gently...

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 no choice.

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
They climb  the  stairway-path  of  stars,  up  the  winding  road  and
eventually fins themselves outside the massive doors of Asgaard.

ERIK		Valhalla...

Sven turns on Harald.

SVEN		There! It's real! It's solid! Now do you believe us?

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 pout 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 battle go.
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.

ERIK		Listen!

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 her breast.

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 living.
HELGA		What a stupid idea.
ERIK (mortally hurt) Why?
HELGA		What's the point of being dead in the land of the living?
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 dough.

HELGA		Have you tried to ask the God for anything?
ERIK		Well... no...
HARALD MISSIONARY Who is he talking to?
AUD		Sh!
HELGA		Odin!

One of the children, throwing pennies against the wall, looks round.

CHILD ODIN	I'm busy.

The Vikings are recovering from their surprise.

HELGA (getting back to her kneating) He's busy.
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 desperation.

HARALD		This is ridiculous.
HARALD		Right!

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 the Lucky.

ERIK		Snorri! Ivar!
HARALD		Here we are standing  on  a  bare  mountain top talking to thin

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.

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 your temper"...
SVEN		Dad!
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 him.

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 recedes.

ODIN		Fenrir the Wolf has  gone,  Erik.  But  will men cease fighting
each other? THAT is not in our power...

Odin starts to laugh. All the  other  children  start to laugh... so do
the dead heroes. Erik and his men look round uneasily.

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

ODIN		Stay HERE? Ha ha! This is  Valhalla. This is reserved for those
HORRIBLY SLAIN WARRIOR (grinning cheerfully) Yeah! We're the LUCKY ones!
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 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 Horn Resounding.

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 sight.
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 splashes.
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 HOME!
LEIF		But who BLEW it?
IVAR		Oh! Who cares? We're HOME!
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 hatred.

HALFDAN		Throw down your weapons - or we shoot the children first.

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

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 the triggers.
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.


She rushes to Harald, while  the  Vikings  rush  to release their loved
ones. Great celebrations all round.

IVAR		Look!

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.

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