If mythology is your teacup, you would have to find something to add the spice too. Norse mythology movies, for some people, are an acquired taste. Be it gory scenes or just straight-up violence, Norse mythology is something you would have to embrace. Norse mythology has proved that it has a powerful grip on modern culture. Though this genre of movies is incomparable with modern, more widely watched genres, you see a few really good ones here and there.
Moreover, there are many video games that integrate Norse mythology into their characters, instilling a want for such movies amongst the audience. Here are some Norse mythology movies that you can watch.
#1 – The White Viking(1991)
The White Viking, also known as Embla is a 1991 film set in Norway and Iceland during the reign of Olaf I of Norway. The film follows the real-life incidents that took place. The White Viking is the third film in the Raven Trilogy (also known as the Viking Trilogy), and it consists of three ‘Viking’ films: When the Raven Flies (1984), In The Shadow of the Raven (1987) and Embla (2007). The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
#2 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Based on the Marvel Comics character: Thor, this American superhero film is produced by Marvel Studios. This movie is the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor alongside Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo, the movie follows Thor as he escapes from Sakaar to save Asgard from Ragnarok. The movie is based on the Norse mythological deity, Thor, who wields thunder and lightning and is one of the best movies about Norse mythology. Rent or Buy this movie on iTunes, Prime Video, or Google Play Store.
#3 – The Mask (1994)
This American superhero comedy film has the perfect mix of mythology with fantasy. This movie is based on the Mask comics published by Dark Horse Comics. The movie stars Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, and Cameron Diaz. The story follows a timid bank clerk, Stanley Ipkiss, as he discovers a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse god of mischief. However, he is too gentle and cannot handle confrontations and shrinks into himself. As and when he puts it on, he becomes his true inner self, a wild cartoon man. Following the incident, after which his alter ego kills a close friend of a crime boss, it is the fight for life. It is one of the best mythological movies available on Netflix, Prime Video, and is a great watch if you are just getting into Norse mythology.
#4 – The 13th Warrior (1999)
This American historical fiction action film is based on the novel “Eaters of the dead” by Michael Crichton. It accounted for the retelling of the tale of Beowulf and combined with Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s historical account of the Volga Vikings. The movie stars Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, and Omar Sharif. Following the story of a man who has fallen in love with the wrong woman, Sultan sent himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. He stops at a Viking village port to restock on supplies when he finds himself embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land. You can watch the movie by renting it, Prime Video, or buying it from the Google Play Store.
#5 – Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
One of the best mythology movies, this Canadian-Icelandic fantasy adventure film, is based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem called Beowulf. The movie stars Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, and Sarah Polley. Grendel, the monster, is not a creature of mythic and mystic powers, but is a creature of immense flesh and raging. He is blood driven by a need to seek vengeance from being wronged. On the other hand, Beowulf, a victorious soldier, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth going around about his exploits. The movie is available to watch on Prime video and to rent or buy on Google Play Store.
#6 – Mortal (2020)
This is an English-language Norwegian fantasy adventure film. The movie is inspired by Norse mythology. It stars Nat Wolff and follows the story of a young man who discovers that he has god-like powers based on ancient Norse mythology. While he was hiding in the wilderness of western Norway, he accidentally inexplicably kills a teenager and is subsequently arrested. However, before he is arrested for interrogation, he meets a young psychologist trying to figure out what happened. She believes him and helps him flee from the Norwegian and American authorities. While hiding, he discovers who or what he is.
#7 – Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli
This movie is the Icelandic film adaptation of the Gísla saga. The story follows a blood feud set in 10th century Iceland. Starring Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson and Kristján Jóhann Jónsson the movie portrays very gore and scenic incidents that resemble horror in some ways. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
#8 – Valhalla Rising (2009)
One of the best mythology movies, Valhalla Rising, is an English-language Danish period adventure film. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson and Alexander Morton, it takes place around the year 1096 AD and follows a Norse warrior named One-Eye and a boy. As they with a band of Christian Crusaders by ship in the hopes of finding the Holy Land, they find themselves in an unknown land where unseen forces and dark visions assail them. It is available to stream on Prime Video.
#9 – Erik The Viking (1989)
This British comedy-fantasy film encapsulates a Viking with a conscience named Erik who gets tired of pillaging and decides to set out on a quest. When the wise Freya informs Erik that a great mythic wolf has eaten the sun, the Warrior decides to go to Asgard, the Norse gods’ home, to fix things. However, before he can reach Asgard, he and his allies must first find a magical horn that resides in the land of King Arnulf. Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
#10 – Berserker: Hell’s Warrior (2004)
Berserker: Hell’s Warrior, also known as Berserker, is a fantasy-action-horror film based on Norse mythology. Craig Sheffer, Kari Wuhrer, and Patrick Bergin, Starring Paul Johansson, follows a warlord’s son who is cursed to be reborn lifetime after lifetime and fated to love and lose until the curse is lifted. It highlights Odin, the Norse mythology god. The movie is available to stream on Prime Video.
Regardless of how new you are to Norse mythology, these movies are a good watch.