In the Shadow of the Raven
|Í skugga hrafnsins|
|Directed by||Hrafn Gunnlaugsson|
|Produced by||Christer Abrahamsen|
|Written by||Hrafn Gunnlaugsson|
|Music by||Harry Manfredini
|Edited by||Hrafn Gunnlaugsson|
In the Shadow of the Raven (Icelandic: Í skugga hrafnsins ( pronunciation (help·info))) is the title of a 1988 film by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, set in Viking Age Iceland. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 61st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
In the Shadow of the Raven is the second film of the Raven Trilogy (also known as the Viking Trilogy) that consists of three 'Viking' films:
- 1) When the Raven Flies (1984) - (original Icelandic title: Hrafninn flýgur) - usually known as simply The Raven or Revenge of the Barbarians.
- 2) In The Shadow of the Raven (1987) - (original Icelandic title: Í skugga hrafnsins).
- 3) Embla (2007) - (original Icelandic title: Hvíti víkingurinn) - the directors cut of The White Viking.
The film is a loose re-telling of the legend of Tristan and Isolde. In the year 1077, Trausti returns to Iceland after having studied theology in Norway. Meanwhile, Grim, the foreman on Trausti's farm, discovers a stranded whale. However, the retainers of the cruel neighbouring chief Eirikur discovers the whale as well. As Grim brings Trausti's mother Edda, the chief of the area, they discover Eirikur attempting to steal the whale. A fight erupts between the different clans and Edda is killed in the struggle. Grim swears vengeance upon Eirikur, and a blood-feud between Trausti's clan and Eirikur's clan is imminent.
- Reine Brynolfsson - Trausti
- Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir - Isold
- Egill Ólafsson - Hjörleifur
- Sune Mangs - Bishop Hördur
- Kristbjörg Kjeld - Sigrid the Shrew
- Helgi Skúlason - Grim
- Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir - Sol
- Helga Bachmann - Edda
- Johann Neumann - Leonardo the Artist
- Sveinn M. Eiðsson - Ketill
- Flosi Ólafsson - Eirikur
- Sigurður Sigurjónsson - Egill
In 1991, Washington Post published a positive review of the film, critic Jeanne Cooper noting Hrafn Gunnlaugsson reaches gripping heights. The reviewer noted that the character of the bishop came off as similar to Jabba the Hutt and that Trausti's survival ability came off a Rasputin-like, but noted that this did not distract from the film. New york Times wrote in their own review the same year that In the world of Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's medieval adventure film, "The Shadow of the Raven," emotions are as jagged and windblown as the spectacular Icelandic coastline where the movie was shot. Critic Stephen Holden praised the performances of Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir and Kristbjörg Kjeld, but panned Reine Brynolfsson as unconvincing. Holden described Sune Mang's performance as "glowering exuberance", but was critical to some of dialog delivery of the cast members, calling it "grunting".
Connections to The Raven Flies
Though not a conventional sequel at first sight, the film does feature several nods to the original film. The farm Króss is shot at the very same location as Thord's farm in the original film. When Trauti opens up his father's tomb, it's the very same clifftomb featured in The Raven Flies and the father's old helmet and cape and idols of Odin and Thor are the same as in the original film. Also, Gest's throwing knives are also found in the tomb. This heavily suggest that Trausti is the descendant of Thord and Einar.
- List of submissions to the 61st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Icelandic submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences