Stop Whatever You're Doing And Watch The Trailer For VIKING. Because, Hot Damn.

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Stop Whatever You're Doing And Watch The Trailer For VIKING. Because, Hot Damn.
Whatever you're doing right now, this is better. Really. After releasing a behind the scenes reel a little while back that promised a period epic that truly deserved the epic label the first proper trailer for Andrey Kravchuk's Viking has just arrived and, good lord, it may have just taken the all time title for the highest ratio of badassness per minute.

History is a symptom of our disease. From the time of heavy swords and dark laws of blood, when the pressure of great chaos gave rise to heroes. From the Dark Ages came the story that changed the world forever.
This thing is simply massive with every single scrap of every single frame filled with something absolutely gorgeous to look it, often times gorgeous in a gut-tinglingly appalling way. You want large scale hand to hand combat? Oh, yes, it's got that. Also what looks to be a fair bit of siege action and one particularly sumptuous shot on horseback. Yes, please.
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  • BortmedPKismen

    Popular russian names is orginated from vikingtimes..like Olga is from Helga..Vladimir is orginated from Valdemar etc etc. Novgorod was created by the rus varjags or vikings from was today is Sweden..then named Holmgård...Kiev was named Könugård.. etc etc..vikingitems even found in graves under the Kremlin in Moscow..its pathetic how many russians still today cant accept their own history as it is..be proud instead of live in a denial of what is a historical fact. Russia..the land of the Rus..

  • MartinA

    The first version of Russia/Ukraine did have a strong scandinavian influence. However, they are not us. The scandinavians that became part of the russian project. They belong to Russia. Not to us. They are not my ancestors. Whatever scandinavians went to Russia. They are not my ancestors. They are the ancestors of the Russians. They belong to them. Not to me.

  • BortmedPKismen

    I dont understand your point here..it was a constant flow of people back and forth from what is todays Sweden and Russia..then called by the vikings as Gårdarike. That mean swedes and other scandinavians share ancesters with many of todays russians.

  • uscgvet

    There is a lot of hatred in the below threads, someday I'm sure everything will get settled one way or another. Until then, this looks like a great movie, and I'd like to see it. I hope it'll have subtitles in English.

  • MartinA

    This promises to be more than a viking movie. It seems to attempt to tell the story of how the Rus were forged from slavs, steppe archers and scandinavians. And it seems to tell the story of the Rus changing to christianity. The first scene, with horse archers comeing out of the frozen forest, what is that if not on of the stories of the birth of Russia? The Rus were sporting the steppe nomad title Kagan already in the 9th centuary.
    Im very much looking forward to this movie.

  • Hrothgar

    I will keep an eye out for this.

  • ToryK

    Note to Todd: Next time you want to promote an indie film or a short, just throw in the words "Russian" and "Viking" at some point. Massive clicks.

  • Steinar_svensk

    If you like the the way of the vikings and feel like you want to encourage the modern asabelives. Or be a part of the asatru you should contact or become a member of the Nordic Asa-community. Website www.asa-community.se
    I am sure they love members from all around the world! :)

  • Holy Hell Balls, that looks terrific

  • Hangiul

    The relation between russia and vikings is no closer than is the relation between chimps and crocodile.
    Russian shit, smaller than the US shit but in the final is also a shit!

  • Brice Costa

    The Swedes sailed eastward entering Russia, where Rurik founded the first Russian state, so the Rus Were an early medieval group of people from the north who give their name to the lands of Russia, Ruthenia, and Belarus.

    So, next time get some information 1st, before talking shit ;)

  • Karstein Martinsen

    Yes they came around year 800 and Rudrik family rueld Russia until 1370..Then came the Romanov family..

  • lissa

    Vikings established Kievan Rus. Actually the name 'Rus" in Russia has Viking origins. Read a book!

  • Князь

    omfg... Vikings established Kievan Rus.... in which joke book you readed that???

  • Karstein Martinsen

    you must be an comedian

  • Князь

    and you are forgotten history from viking saga..

  • Brice Costa

    dude u are a big dumb for all the shit i read from you here, you'r not resigned to the fact that Vikings establish the russia, your problem, but the history is made;
    the Swedes sailed eastward entering Russia, where Rurik founded the first Russian state, so the Rus Were an early medieval group of people from the north, and that name grip to the lands of Russia, Ruthenia, and Belarus.
    see some doc's, read some books etc

  • Князь

    Vikings established maybe your country but all I want to say is Europeans don't know about Russian history absolutely nothing so just fuck off. Vikings was beaten in Russia that's why they attacked England, France, Germans nor Russians... in Russia only path for them was Valhalla or friendship so they choose wisley: friendship.

  • Emil Skovgaard Andersen

    Novgorod and Kiev where founded by Vikings fro Roslagen in sweden, this is well established in history and russian archeology support this.

  • Князь

    and you look like another "brave" descendant of vikings... listen, idiot, Novgorod was established by Russians. Russian archeology doesn't support that crap... Scandinavians like to think that they established something here but who cares about what you think. Like I said on territory of Novgorod was first big Russian capital called Slovensk and that was year 2409 before jewish christ.

  • uscgvet

    You really are an ignorant bastage. I hope you are on the low end of the intelligence spectrum in your country, otherwise their is little hope of a future for Russia. You couldn't see the truth of things if it slapped you upside your head. Stop being a Russian troll.

  • Brice Costa

    dude you need to get information, cause you are talking without knowledge, seriously, go see some books, web information, movies and documentarys, it's not a matter of vikings were beaten lol, the vikings that give the name to your country russia were de swedens, the attacks of france and england were danish; and greenland, iceland and also america were norwegians.

  • Anton Palitsyn

    I think you need to get your information right. Vikings did not give the name to Russia. Russians called Vikings "routes", which later through transcripts changed to "Russ". Scandinavians were often hired by different leaders. Russians started to call these squads, which had russians amongst them also, "Russ". The name grew from there to cover territories etc etc... So vikings have their influence on the name, but they did not come up with it or as you say give it to the country.

  • GenJackRipper

    This looks fucking awesome.

    I love unapologetic films. Last time you saw something similair was 300.

  • Sara

    Will this be available in the states and will it have English subtitles? :)

  • Reed Criswell

    Yeah... this looks like more Putinist revisionism... trying to appropriate another culture to inflate their own shriveled... egos. Yeah, egos, that's the euphemism.

  • MartinA

    You are only displaying your own brutishness and ignoracne. Read the nestorian chronicle perchance?

  • GenJackRipper

    Stop beeing a liberal pussy.
    There were vikings in Russia. It was vikings that founded russia.
    "Rus" comes from Roslagen, which is the name of northeastern Stockholm.

  • Karstein Martinsen

    RUS comes from people that are rowing...Russia means people from Sweeden.Land of the sweeds

  • Князь

    OMFG..... stop telling this crap! Sweden came from ikea...

  • Det Största Sveket

    And you came from a pile of shit. There are so much evidence all the way from runestones in Sweden, founds in Russia, to arabic writings from that time. Names on places and people, everything. The problem is just that your communist leaders hid your history for 90 years. According to them, Stalin and Lenin was the first men on russian soil.

  • Князь

    shit bag... I don't give a fuck about Swedish runes which have been "founded" in Russia. Our history was changed when Petr I was destroying Swedish Karl XII. Petr I hided our history of our pagan history. In Europe you in your history books are Petr I version of history. I don't give a fuck about communist if you still didn't realised that USSR doesn't exist 25 years, imbecile.

  • Ulfrik Lionmane

    I've read that "Rus" comes from the old slavic word for rower, meaning the people on boats.
    Btw it is a historic fact that kiev(wich was the russian capital at that time) was either founded, or ruled by swedish vikings. From there they sailed down the konstantinopel and traded with the byzantinian empire. Ever heard about the Varangian Guard? those were kievian rus. And Harald Hardrada, the norvegian ruler in 1066 that tried to claim englang was raised by his rus-uncle in kiev after his father was killed and then became the leader of the varangian guard, with wich he reclaimed the norvegian throne, wich had belonged to his father.

  • Yuri Bil

    Good point, but i am more about indeed that Kiev was ruled at some point by swedish vikings, trading(and fight) the konstantinopel and Harald story

  • Reed Criswell

    Oh yes... and Galadreal was their queen and everyone had a unicorn and they were all slim and beautiful.

  • neogrimm

    Another theory - "Rus" comes from "Rusie"(or something) - Brown hair. "The land of people with brown hair".

  • Karstein Martinsen

    NO

  • Князь

    Scandic and Slavic culture are close to each other. So, cut that crap...

  • Karstein Martinsen

    NO no no..We where close to Saxons culture

  • Князь

    Idk... where the hell from you came but I'm Russian and in my family tree is Slavic and Scandinavian roots that's a fucking fact.

  • Smn

    Seems like this trailer attracted attention of neonazi/xenophocic public of all kinds. I've seen pretty racist comments towards Russians in this discussion.

  • Jan Johansen

    Cyrillic alphabet originates from Bulgarian empire around 12th century. There is no way they could have been talking anything close to Russian. Russia saw it's first cities being built by Kiev and Kiev was built by vikings.

  • MartinA

    Russian is one of the most conservative languages in the world. It is an enigma to linguists.

    And while the ties back to scandinavia were still strong in Vladimirs time, they had already fused with slaves and added some turkoman steppe nomad into it as well. When we read the description of Sviatoslav I by a Byzantine diplomat he looks more slavic tribal in style and dress than scandinavian. Vladimir was Russian. And most likely spoke russian. Even if he kept good political realtions with scandinavia. For tradereasons if nothing else, the lifeblood of the Kievan Kingdom was the traderout that went north along the rivers and across the baltic.

    The gods that were abolished when Vladimir brought in christianity were not scandinavian gods, they were slavic gods.

  • Jusstice For All

    but kiev was not the begin!

  • Князь

    First capital city on ancient Russian lands was Slovensk 2409 b.c. and now that place is Novgorod. Russian culture counts about 7500 years. Bulgarian empire didn't even existed at that time. About Vikings... we had pretty much same culture with them. Our gods was almost same. We lived close to each other. We have our own Vikings and they was called Pomores.

  • Jan Johansen

    The Old East Norse dialect was spoken in Denmark, Sweden, settlements in Kievan Rus', eastern England, and Danish settlements in Normandy. The Old Gutnish dialect was spoken in Gotland and in various settlements in the East. In the 11th century, Old Norse was the most widely spoken European language, ranging from Vinland in the West to the Volga in the East. In Kievan Rus', it survived the longest in Novgorod, probably lasting into the 13th century there.So probably this conclude that there would be no Russian language in the region.

  • Князь

    Ok, i don't know in which history book you have found that crap. Your "conclude" is horrible... We had old Slavic language which was close to Russian. Different tribes, cities and other settlements spoked old Slavic language with different dialects and old Norse have nothing to do with our language. Burn book where you found that crap, srsly...

  • Jan Johansen

    Invented timetravel?

  • Князь

    omfg... I'm Russian we have history books in schools... freaking awesome thing try in your land too! Russian history is more than 7500 years and there was never old Norse language. Shit... your knowledge of Russia is freaking me out...

  • Jan Johansen

    Wait, so you mean that the Cyrillic related language is 7500 years? I think we end the "dialogue" there.

    FYI: Old Norse was the most widely spoken European language, ranging from Vinland in the West to the Volga in the East. In Kievan Rus', it survived the longest in Novgorod, probably lasting into the 13th century there.

  • Князь

    Where the hell you saw that I wrote that crap? Russian culture is 7500 years! Before Cyrillic we had symbols and "runes(not scandic runes)". Old Norse maybe was in Europe but in Russia there wasn't your god damn Norse... our language was Slavic. All what Nors, Sweds, "Vikings" got in Russia was beaten faces.

  • Jan Johansen

    Actually, the Scandinavians gathered taxes in Rus. They made the cities as Kiev and so on. Believe what you want, facts are facts, sorry the do not correlate with your reality image. Grow up one day and join us.

  • Karstein Martinsen

    NO we the Scandinavian where close to Saxons

  • Князь

    personally you are close to jewish...

  • Karstein Martinsen

    You are an idiot . Read Viking historie you moron. Harald Hårfagre is my forfather. Yes i am Norwegian.stupid

  • Князь

    I don't give a fuck about you and your family and I don't give a fuck about Garalt whoever he was... I know Viking history how they was beaten by Russian Pomores...

  • Karstein Martinsen

    Garalt who ?..do you mean Harald.....you idiot

  • Князь

    yes, yes.. Garalt... you idiot...

  • Karstein Martinsen

    I also give a fuck about my Family but you are a fucking ignorant idiot

  • Князь

    fuck off and stop telling your bitch-ass-bullshit-crap...

  • Renate Weber

    Very disrespectful! You kiss your mother with that mouth?

  • Rather 10th century. By the 12th C. Cyrillic script was well known in the Rus' lands. Strange enough, the Bulgars, the Rus, the Moravians and several more peoples of Early Medieval Eastern and Central Europe had very similar languages. That's the Slavonic/Slavic linguistic group and it still exists ;)

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    Kievan Rus, a political state was formed around 880. so much sooner than 12th century. the alphabet has nothing to do with the spoken language - by your reasoning, the primitve nations that have no alphabet today speak no language? its next to impossible to put a mark in time for when a spoken language of those people was NOT russian.

  • Actually, it's pretty easy to point to a time when the people there didn't speak Russian:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    I can't believe I'm getting into this thoroughly pointless conversation, but what developed into the current Russian language began use shortly before 1000 AD. Before that the language of the region was largely based in the Gothic language and Old Norse.

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    you say its pretty easy and then go on by linking an article from wiki which states in huge letters in its opener that:
    "This article does not cite any references (sources)."

    hm....

    the cyrillic has been invented by cyril and his brother methodius for the very purpose of bringing christianity to slavonic people. this happened cca in year 893 (+-), certainly by the end of the 9th century. and if this was a ready made product, by which they translated the whole bible into the language - you cant possibly tell me, that nobody spoke the language BEFORE. they did not invent the language, just the script. yes, we dont have WRITTEN evidence for its older use. but logic suggests, the language has been widely used - otherwise the missionaries would not go into the trouble of translating the whole bible into it....

  • Slavonic. Not Russian. And not synonyms.

  • Oh, look:

    10th century: http://www.studyrussian.com/ru...
    10th century: http://linguistics.byu.edu/cla...
    10th century: https://www.foreigntranslation...
    10th century: http://www.languagehelpers.com...

    It's quite consistent. And important to note here that while the precursor to the Cyrillic alphabet (the Glagolithic alphabet) existed in the 9th century (Jan, above, is wrong in his dates), there are no written examples of anything considered a direct antecedent of modern Russian until the 10th. there are written records from the area at this time but what people were writing wasn't Russian. Conclusion: People weren't speaking Russian in the 9th. There were Slavic languages prior to this but not Russian. And the record quite clearly shows that until the Slavic languages really took root in the region that the local dialect was most heavily influenced by Gothic and Old Norse.

    Research is fun.

  • Or, you know, maybe the world's scholars are engaged in a centuries-long conspiracy to demean the glorious origins of the perpetual Russian language. That could be it, too.

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    do you rutinely finish your posts by a ha-ha funny excursion to try and belittle someone? i couldnt care less about the success of the russian language, i am not russian.

    off your first link there - "By the tenth century, three Slavonic language groups had emerged: Western, Southern and Eastern."

    so by the 10th century we already have 3 language groups that speak slavonic, but just before the 10th century nobody spoke it? is that what you try to tell me?

    what people were WRITING was not russian.... oh? but we are this whole time debating what they were SPEAKING. by this reasoning, you would be able to suggest that most of todays europe spoke latin in medieval times. but no, thats just what they mostly WROTE.

    theres a vast difference between the language of the scribes, documents and official texts and between the language of the ordinary (often illiterate) people.

  • Three branches of Slavonic languages, one of which would go on to BECOME Russian, but which was not yet that, and which was not yet dominant. The Slavonic languages pushed in from the west with migration dominantly out of what is now Poland. The people that spoke it were a) speaking a form of Slavonic that would go on to develop into Russian but which was not yet that, and b) were not yet the dominant group. Everybody else who was already there spoke something else, namely a fusion of Gothic and Old Norse. You're assuming a lack of evidence as to what was there BEFORE the arrival of Slavonic because it suits your position. It's a bad assumption.

    There's a very simple reason scholarly research puts the origin of Russian somewhere in the 10th century. And that'd be because the vast majority of people who have spent years of their life studying the spread and development of language in the region and have looked at the actual evidence can see the evidence says that's what happened. And, yeah, I find people who irrationally insist on their own baseless opinion against the overwhelming body of evidence and the people who have spent years studying that evidence funny so, yes, I often do make fun of them. It keeps my day ticking along.

    None of which has any bearing at all on the bad ass trailer for Viking.

    Nice job ret-conning your earlier posts, btw.

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    for the record....

    the movie is showing late 10th century...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    oh, would become russian. so we are now talking about what to call that language out of which russian came eventually? i pretty much assumed that is what russian is for the sake of our discussion. you know russian in 13th century was not the russian they used in 17th century, which was not the russian they are using today. they were still throwing out letters out of their alphabet in 19th century i believe... whatever the name, we are talking about the language of the slavonic people.

    ....so.... how do we know what time era and location the movie portrays?

    theres definitely some heavy christian influence already, given that the dude is waving a sword with a pax christi sign. so that would put it past cyrilic alphabet...

  • Pumukli Skriatok

    ok, lets break this down...

    from the get go, we are discussing what the language was that the people were SPEAKING. while you argued that written evidence suggests this and that - to which i say that theres a difference between what they wrote and what they spoke.

    the first political formation that russia draws its history from is the kiev rus. the first ruler of that was oleg, and it happened before the year 900, like so:

    "Oleg carried out works on strengthening the fortifications of Kiev and undertook a few successful campaigns on subduing Slavic tribes and thereby expanding the territories subject to Kiev in 883-885. Prince Oleg subordinated the Slavs living on the banks of the rivers Dnepr, Pripyat, Sozh, Boug and Dniester. Everywhere he would build towns and fortresses. - See more at: http://russia-ic.com/people/Hi..."

    so he subdued various slavic tribes, that were speaking - slavonic of course. and that would become his state - made up of subdued slavonic tribes.

    then you go on and say that old slavonic is not russian. ahem.... in the trailer theres like 8 words altogether other than the voiceover in the beginning which seems to be a voice of a narrator, rather than a movie character.

    can you distinguish out of those couple of words if it is russian or old slavonic? :) btw, one of the lines is even not translated correctly in the english subtitles.

    i take my bet, that there isnt a single person in the world who is fluent in old slavonic. whether they make them speak russian, ukrainian, polish, its as close as we can get.

  • Jan Johansen

    The Old East Norse dialect was spoken in Denmark, Sweden, settlements in Kievan Rus', eastern England, and Danish settlements in Normandy. The Old Gutnish dialect was spoken in Gotland and in various settlements in the East. In the 11th century, Old Norse was the most widely spoken European language, ranging from Vinland in the West to the Volga in the East. In Kievan Rus', it survived the longest in Novgorod, probably lasting into the 13th century there.So probably this conclude that there would be no Russian language in the region at the time this story resembles up on.

  • Князь

    Ok, i don't know in which history book you have found that crap. Your "conclude" is horrible... We had old Slavic language which was close to Russian. Different tribes, cities and other settlements spoked old Slavic language with different dialects and old Norse have nothing to do with our language. Burn book where you found that crap, srsly....

  • Jan Johansen

    How you know. Invented timetravel?

  • E. R. Douglas

    It's a Russian-made show. By your same logic, Vikings is inaccurate because they wouldn't have spoken modern English.

  • wagnerfilm

    That looks fucking metal.

  • ToryK

    Indeed, it does. Side note: This has to be one of the stranger comment threads I've seen...

  • fergus1948

    Ned Stark: The Movie?

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