This is how Vikings greet each other...at least, that's how they greet each other in the 1958 movie The Vikings, starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Ernest Borgnine. The movie revolves around the two male leads Einar Ragnarson (Douglas) and Erik the Slave (Curtis) vying for the hand of Morgana, a Welsh princess played by Leigh. Although they don't know it, it turns out Ragnar (Borgnine) is father to both of them, one by a Viking woman, the other by the Queen Enid of England. Through various twists of fate, they end up meeting as adults, and Erik actually turning out to be the successor to the throne of England.
These 1958 Vikings are a rowdy, raunchy lot and they often refer to women as "wenches."
But wait - it gets even more politically incorrect...
Odin's test for unfaithful wives (in the movie, anyway) consists of throwing axes at the accused wench's pinned pigtails; if they are cut off, she's innocent; if she's killed by an axe, she was guilty. One of the memorable scenes sees Douglas grab the axe from the hand of slighted husband, to save her from death by throwing it himself (he was the one who actually cheated with her!) while Borgnine yells, "You're too - drunk! You'll cleave the wench in half!"
|The first of many pub stops in Wales.|
|A pint of Brains served up |
by a wench from Wales
That's because Brains is one of the beers brewed locally in Wales.
Of course, I ordered a pint of Brains. Being someone who always likes to increase my intelligence level, I ordered more Brains. (I'll refrain, at this point, from making jokes about how beer made Bud wiser...)
After lunch, we strolled through the ruins of an old castle, a fairly common site around the Welsh countryside. This one was Ogmore Castle, right by a small stream.
The next day, we got to do it all over again: lunch at a pub, Brains served up by a wench from Wales...and again the day after that.
|Ogmore Castle, outside the Pelican Pub.|
Hey, isn't it funny Kirk's kid Michael ended up marrying a wench from Wales...?
Wonder if watching Dad's old flicks had anything to do with it ... ?