A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day

Synopsis: Inspired by true events. Cast into a violent and bloody world of murder, Hereward, a novice monk, must deliver the Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne - a book of great beauty and power - to the safety of the Iona monastery, while being pursued by a Viking death squad hell- bent on its capture. On his way to the monastery, he meets a fierce and skilled swordsman who answers his prayers and dedicates his life to protecting Hereward while he delivers the book. In the midst of their journey, they are confronted by Vikings ready to kill in order to get what they want, leaving Hereward and his protector at their mercy.
Director(s): Chris Crow
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
88 min

I am Hereward of Northumbria.

I have no other name.

My mother abandoned me to monks of

the monastery when I was 3 months old.

The monastery of Lindisfarne,

the only home I've ever known.

Its cold stones, my only refuge.

The holy island, my only life.

The sanctuary of our saints burned.

The storm engulfed our island.

North devils that fell

upon our shores.

They swept over us like waves.

Their dragon ships carried upon

black storm clouds from distant lands

to lay waste to all what we had known.

I am Hereward of Northumbria.

And my life as an innocent

ended that night...

You do well to fear me, holy man.

I am Hadrada, king of Ekor, and

I have brought death to many.

Many of your brothers lie dead.

You may live to mourn them

if you give me the book.

There ain't no book!

We once traded in peace

along these shores.

Then we heard of its beauty,

its power...

It's the word of your white Christ...

It is a light, they say.

A light so bright that it

dispels all darkness.

The power of your god

will be my price.

This one speaks of your Book.


- They have taken it from the abbey.

- No!

There is no hope.

We must submit to them.


The Keepers of the Book

have taken it across the water,

to the main Island,

they will take it to

the Abbey in Iona.

We will follow those Keepers

and take their Book.

We fill out the boats and retreat.

Twenty nights along this coast for

gold and silver alone is not enough!

We lost men on this crossing.

I will have that book!

We will lose more men,

for a book!

These beaches are synonymous with death.

Who has seen

the bravery of the Saxons here!

Men who stain their church with

their piss rather than fight!

We die on these rocks.

All for a book!

Don't question me, boy!

We will not cross without it.

Tell the rest to load the boats,

take as many slaves as we can carry.

Tell them to wait offshore.

We will butcher the Keepers and

we will have that Book!

What shall we do with this one?

This coward? Drown him into the sea!

The Holy Gospels will never

fall into heathen hands!

The holy Christ will cut you down!

The holy Christ will cut you down!

He will cut you down!

Come on, lad.

- The King's will come for us?

- Aye.

They will really come?

The beacon shone last night,

the signal is send.

They will come for us.

They will come.

They will see us safely to Iona.

We'll be safe in Iona?


We've many miles to go.

Come, boy.

We will take their book.

That would render its master

more powerful than the church or king.

You talk of rulership?

To be king?

I am but a just man,

but you, you are more just.

I'm a ware to bring back wealth,

I'll be king then.

No, we are a fractured people,


We must look beyond mere piracy.

The world changes.

Empires are being forged.

The Saxons are mere invaders here.

Why shouldn't we achieve such

greatness? Why should I not seek

such power for my only beloved son?

Without their book, this nation would fall.

And you...

You would be king here.


Today, we seize the power

of the white Christ.

For Odin!

And Ekor!

The holy ruins!

We await our guides there.

There is no one here!

They will come!

This old man is cold

and needs to sleep.

See if you can find some wood.

Don't go too far.



Something is better than nothing.

They abandoned us.

God has abandoned us!

Mo, He has not abandoned us.

They will come.

Brother Erian always said

we were warned,

that there were omens,

the people reaped in sin,

and now all this death...

Brother Erian believed this.

I do not.

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