The Viking

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A thousand years ago, long
before any white man set
foot on the American shore,
Viking sea rovers sailed out
of the north and down the
 waterways of the world.

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These were men of might, 
who laughed in the teeth 
of the tempest, and leaped
 into battle with a song.

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Plundering -- ravaging --
they raided the coast of
Europe -- until the whole
world trembled at the very
name -- -- THE VIKING.

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Looking out upon the North
Sea from the cliffs of England,
stood the castle of young
   Lord Alwin, Earl of
       Northumbria.

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"From the sword and
 the chains of the
 Vikings, O Lord,
   deliver us."

6
"You shut yourself in too
 much, mother -- straining
 your eyes over useless
       needlework."

7
"....and from all other
 manner of evil, protect
       us, O Lord."

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"THE VIKINGS!"

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Back to a trading post in
Norway, these raiders
took their plunder and 
       captives.

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Helga Nilsson - an orphan
of noble blood - living the
life of a Viking sea rover
under the protection of
the famous Leif Ericsson,
her dead father's comrade.

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"I hope your injury is slight,
 Maid Helga....If harm came
 to you in my booth, Leif
  Ericsson would slay me."

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"Only a little sprain -
 my friend Sigurd will
       bind it."

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"....a little gift to take 
     back to my wife."

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"What was your country,
        slave?"

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"How much for this 
       one?"

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"Three pieces of silver."

17
"Strike off his chains!"

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"I must warn you -
 he has the temper 
 of a black devil!"

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"What sport for the camp,
 when I return with a
  slave at my stirrup!"

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The camp of Leif Ericsson
and his Viking crew -- --
ashore after long months 
of adventure on distant
         seas.

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Egil the Black, Leif's
Danish sailing master.

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"A Greek slave for your
    birthday, woman."

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"And I have bought myself
  a fine English slave."

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"Lead my horse to 
    the pens."

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"Get down! Horses are
   not for slaves!"

26
"What would Leif Ericsson
 say, if he knew his captain
 drew sword against a
    common slave?"

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"Not a common slave --
 your slave, who will be
 always near you - always
   hearing your voice!"

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"Helga....I love you!"

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"Ever since you joined
 us, we have been good
 friends, Egil -- let us
    be so always."

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That night, Viking chieftains
from all parts of the North-
land had gathered at the
court of King Olaf, first
 Christian ruler of Norway.

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King Olaf, tireless in his 
efforts to spread the
      new Faith.

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Leif Ericsson, famed
 throughout the North
 for his strength, cour-
    age and justice.

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"I hear you plan to sail
 within a week....Do you
 return to Greenland?"

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Yes, but I stop at Green-
 land only for supplies....
 Then I sail far to the west
 in search of unknown 
        lands."

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"Hail to you, Leif 
    Ericsson!"

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The guests were strong -
  the ale was stronger.

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But all through the night,
the monarch and the 
Viking talked of voyages
  and high adventure.

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"My father, Eric the Red,
 discovered Greenland....
 There must be other
    lands beyond."

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"It has always been the
 belief that the edge of
 the world is not far
  west of Greenland."

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"To sail out there and find
 new lands -- that would
 be an adventure worthy 
 of you, Leif Ericsson!"

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"Glory and success to
    your voyage!"

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"I am calling Maid Helga's
 slave -- he has run away 
         again."

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"That handsome slave
 of yours seems hard
     to manage."

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"I shall thank you to
 leave his management 
        to me."

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"Who gave you a
    holiday?"

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"Would you stain your
 sword with the blood
     of a slave?"

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"Give me a weapon, and
 you shall know something 
     of my blood!"

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"Since when have Vikings
 scoffed at a man of
      courage?"

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"You shall have a chance
 to prove yourself....I, Leif
 Ericsson, will cross swords 
         with you."

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"What Leif Ericsson will do 
  is not for me to scorn."

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"I will meet you, slave --
 man to man -- but do
  not look for mercy."

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"I spare you this man's
 life -- because I know
     you love him."

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"Helga Nilsson - you should
 know better than to whip
    a man like that!"

54
"Since you think so highly
 of him, he is yours -- --
      without price."

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"I have given you to
   Leif Ericsson."

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"More of his insolence --
   riding your horse!"

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"And how well 
  he rides!"

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"Now, Helga -- you should
 remember you are no
 longer a girl, but a lovely
 woman, and such tempers
  no longer become you."

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"It is indeed time I took
  you home to Greenland."

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Norway far behind -- --
with oar and sail, Leif
Ericsson drove forward on
the greatest adventure by
sea that man had ever 
        known.

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"Fill Ragnar Oleson's
    drinking horn."

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"Do you know who
      I am?"

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"I'm Kark, Leif Ericsson's
 chief slave - that's who
          I am!"

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"Get that beer, or I'll
   have you flogged."

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"Tell me, Alwin -- do you
 believe this is the edge
 of the world, guarded
 by monsters such as 
       these?"

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"You are indeed a rare
 man to come upon in 
 these days -- -- and I
 shall keep you at my
     right hand."

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"I thought I had caught a
 moonbeam in your hair."

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"How glorious to be on
 the northern sea again!"

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Greenland -- that barren
outpost of Norse civiliza-
tion where hard, stubborn
paganism still held sway.

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Eric the Red.

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"This coat is much
 too big for Leif!"

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"Not if he has grown as
   fat as his father."

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"Rolf, you will pay Einer
 five pieces of silver, to
 make good the damage
     to his boat."

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"Set down the judgment."

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"Go -- bow to the great
 god Thor and give thanks
 that I have not slain you
 for drawing knives before
   the Seat of Justice."

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"Does Greenland nurse
 any more Christian
       pups?"

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"Set it down that I have
 this day slain another
       Christian."

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Rounding the tip of 
Greenland, Leif headed
for his father's home, his
only source of supplies
for his voyage into the
       unknown.

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"Do you know how far
 west of Greenland the
 sea pours over the edge
    of the world?"

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"Two hundred leagues --
 only two hundred leagues."

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"Lucky at dice -- --
  unlucky at love!"

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"Why do you always avoid
 me -- -- when I would be 
      your friend?"

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"You forget that I am 
    still a slave."

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"Welcome home, Leif,
      my son!"

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"How Maid Helga has
 grown to womanhood!"

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"Leif, my son -- do I
 see love for Helga in
      your eyes?"

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"For weeks, the thought
 nearest my heart has
   been to wed her."

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"Then, by Thor, I shall
 proclaim your betrothal
 at the home - coming
        feast!"

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"Where is my son, Kark?"

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"Leif favors the Christians
 now....He gave Kark's place
 to Alwin, the Englishman."

91
"If what you have told
 me is false, it will go
    hard with you."

92
"It is the truth --
 Leif, himself, has
  turned Christian."

93
"Today with the return
 of my son, there has
 come another happy
 surprise -- close to my
    heart -- --"

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"Tell me how my son has
 displeased you, so that I
 may slay him with my
     own hands!"

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"He has not displeased
 me -- -- but Alwin of
 England has more 
     learning."

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"Learning or no learning --
 he is a dog of a Christian!"

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"You are bold to speak
 thus to me -- for I also
    am a Christian."

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"Repeat that word!"

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"Slay the first of my
 followers who draws
 the blood of an Eric-
        man!"

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"I never thought to face
 my father thus - in rage
 against his own blood."

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"When you turned from
 the gods of our fathers,
 you ceased to be a son
       of mine."

102
"Then give me supplies
 for my ship, and I will
     go in peace."

103
"No -- not one grain
  of corn from me!"

104
"Break open the granaries!"

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"You will not leave
     me behind?"

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"For five years where 
 your company has
 gone, I have gone."

107
"True, Helga - but this
 time you will remain
   with my mother."

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"ALWIN!"

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"Christian or no Christian
 -- -- he is a son of Eric 
         the Red!"

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Black night upon a waste
of waters - - with age-old
fears creeping back into
    pagan hearts.

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"The air smells foul with
     ghosts tonight."

112
"A witch! A witch!"

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"The witch has got 
        him!"

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"Did you think you could
    sail without me?"

115
"But I would not miss this
 great adventure -- and
 you will have to make
    the best of it."

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"Did my mother not tell
 you that I expected
 to take your hand in
      marriage?"

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"Now that you are here -
 I shall wed you in the
 ancient Viking fashion -
 after the second change 
      of the moon."

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Day after day -- no sign
of land -- yet ever west-
ward the little Viking
    ship plowed on.

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"Do you feel the ship
 toss and roll, as if
 some monster were
 tugging at the keel?"

120
"We must be nearing
 the edge....What can
      we do?"

121
"There is nothing to be 
 done while you all
 stand in such fear of 
        Leif."

122
"He madly dreams his god
 will guide him to new
 lands -- and, I guess, we 
 must sail on....as long as
 Leif commands the ship."

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"See how Leif's idol swings 
     -- and swings --"

124
"I have always been 
 yours....I always will
  be....I love you!"

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"Turn back! Turn 
      back!"

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"I have thrown your God
 into the sea -- now you
    must turn back!"

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"Turn back! Turn 
      back!"

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"When did Vikings
 ever fear to sail an
   unknown sea?"

129
"I thought my crew were
 men! Have you all
 become children and
     cowards?"

130
"We are bound on the 
 greatest adventure man
 has ever known -- and
 we do not turn back!"

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"Out with the oars! Drive 
   them -- drive them!"

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Working secretly upon
the superstitious fears
of the crew, Egil bided
his time - - until Maid
 Helga's wedding day.

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"O Christian God, grant
 me thy aid in this
        hour!"

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"Before Maid Helga drinks
 from the marriage bowl -
       I strike!"

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"I love him!"

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"I call upon you all to
 witness how this slave
   has betrayed me!"

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"It was all -- for love -- 
        of Helga --"

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"LAND! LAND!"

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And the first white 
man set foot on the 
shores of the New 
      World.

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As his Viking fathers
had done in other
lands, Leif built a
watch tower of stone.

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"Let this cross and the
 tower I have built be
 the signs of peace and
 friendship between us."

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"Happiness, Alwin, in a 
    fresh new land!"

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Helga and Alwin and a 
handful of the crew
were to remain, while Leif
returned to Greenland -

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What became of this little 
Viking colony, no one
knows....But the watch
tower they built stands
today in Newport, Rhode 
        Island.

The End

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