February 16, 2005

Horsa, Keep Your Tail Up!*

Dan the Silver Fox notes two new attempts to bring the saga of Beowulf to the silver screen. From what I gather, neither producer really has much of a clue.

Of course, as I've mentioned before, there's only one decent movie about a spiritual Norseman.

(*Serious Llama Yips! to anyone who can figure out where I lifted that line....)

UPDATE: One of our commenters was on the right track with Horsa and Hengist, but the actual line is a little piece of throwaway flippency from P.G. Wodehouse's Money in the Bank. It's the punchline of a joke uttered early on by the hero Jeff, a smartassed young barrister. This book is one of my favorites and I'd heartily recommend it to anyone who would like to read some non-Wooster, non-Blandings material.

Posted by Robert at February 16, 2005 04:19 PM

"Horsey! Keep Your Tail Up (Keep the Sun Out of My Eyes)" is the best I can do. Link on my name below.

Posted by: Hal Duston at February 16, 2005 07:02 PM

imho - "The 13th Warrior" was a decent attempt to to bring Beowulf to the silver screen. however, it's no "Eric the Viking".

Posted by: fluke_boy at February 16, 2005 10:36 PM

The only Horsa I know is the Viking who teamed up with Hengist to invade England in 449, mentioned by Bede. My husband adds that both names mean "horse".

Posted by: gail at February 16, 2005 10:39 PM

"The 13th Warrior" was a bad adaptation of Michael Crighton's Eaters of the Dead which was a one-off from Beowulf. Not exactly the same thing.

Posted by: kbiel at February 17, 2005 01:08 PM
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