From the Director of MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN!
This is the story of a Viking Warrior who thought there must be more to life than rape and pillage. Erik’s doubts about his own lifestyle begin when he inadvertently falls in love with a rather pretty girl he has just killed. Not that he meant to kill her you understand but – this being the legendary Age of Ragnarok – killing people is rather in fashion, and mishaps are about to occur. In fact, any Viking warrior who hasn’t killed at least one innocent person by the lunch break is generally reckoned to be a bit of a rotten apple.
According to the old Norse legend, this is the age when Fenrir the Wolf has swallowed the Sun, and the Great Winter has settled over the world. It is an Axe Age, a Sword Age, where man will fight each other until the World is finally destroyed…unless someone can awaken the Gods and bring the Sun back to shine upon the Earth once again. So Erik sets off for Asgaard – the fabled city of the Gods – along with his rather unruly band of followers: Thorfinn Skull-splitter, Sven the Berserk, Ulf the Maddeningly Calm (Sven the Berserk’s father), Harald the Missionary (17 years without a single convert), Lief the Lucky (who is unfortunately drowned on his first day at sea), Ivar the Boneless, Odd the Coal-Biter (there really was a Viking named that) and the rest of them.
But hold on! Not everyone is so keen to see an end to the Age of Ragnarok. For some, business has never been so good. The blacksmiths for example, who can’t make enough swords and axes to keep up with the demand or the warlords who are raking in the lion’s share of the profits from all of the pillaging. So when Erik sets sail for Asgaard, it isn’t surprising that there are various vested interests working against the success of his mission. In particular, he is pursued by the local warlord – Halfdan the Black who is intent on stopping Erik at any cost. Erik, however, shakes off his pursuers, only to be confronted by an even greater danger: the Dragon of the North Sea – a creature so huge that it cannot be fitted into the screen all at once!
The journey to Valhalla takes Erik and his men to Atlantis (which the Vikings help to sink), over the edge of the World, through the starry infinity of space, and finally to Asgaard – the City of the Gods. Comedy, spectacular adventure and pure fantasy combine to tell this story of a man’s attempt to bring peace to a war-torn world.