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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vikings Take Over Hollywood

Taking a tour of The L.A. Times Blog, "Hero Complex" revealed a pattern in Hollywood - Vikings. They talk about the March 26 release of "How to Train Your Dragon", loosely based on Cressida Cowell's children’s book about Vikings and their complicated relationship with dragons - and at times with their warrior fathers, like Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler).

Then we read that Mel Gibson is in talks with Leo DiCaprio, among others, to create a Viking epic. "We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now," Gibson said. "When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that's what I will be going for in this film. It's a challenge though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don't want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."

Of course, the writer mentions "Thor," which is now being filmed in New Mexico, which "tells the tale of the Norse god who isn't really a Viking but does have the same taste in hats." It's based on the Marvel Comic and stars Anthony Hopkins as Odin and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Wikipedia tells us we can experience Vikings in historical re-enactments with The Vikings and Regia Anglorum, who along with many smaller groups participate in live-steel combat, and a few have Viking-style ships or boats.

Viking mythology also inspired many games such as the Fate of the Norns role playing game and video games such as Rune.

If you want to wear a Viking costume for any of the above reasons, or one of your own, check out our selection!

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