The Northman opens with black wings over gray water. Ravens fly above wooden ships that sail toward a distant island. 

By the movie’s end, a different shade of red has overtaken the screen. As fire burns and a battle rages below a volcano 

In the roughly two hours between these scenes, The Northman does everything it can to pull the viewer into a medieval landscape that is both familiar and strange 

grounded in the physical world while soaring into supernatural realms that were an inextricable part of medieval Icelandic life. Cold landscapes, fantastical visions 

“We [worked] with archaeologists and historians, trying to recreate the minutiae of the physical world, while also attempting to capture