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The Long Ships

The Long Ships(1964)

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Rolfe, adventurer son of Krok, a Viking thane and shipbuilder, learns of the whereabouts of the long-lost Golden Bell of St. James, fashioned from gold looted by the Crusaders in Byzantium. With his younger brother, Orm, Rolfe steals a new longship built by their father for King Harald and takes as hostage the King's daughter, Princess Gerda, whom Orm loves. They set out to find the Golden Bell as the King sails in pursuit; but their ship is wrecked in a whirlpool near the hiding place of the treasure, and Rolfe and his men are captured and imprisoned by the Moorish Sheikh El Mansuh, who is also seeking the Golden Bell. Gerda is taken to El Mansuh's harem, but the Vikings escape and raid the harem before being recaptured. El Mansuh orders Rolfe's death in retaliation, but Aminah, his chief wife, persuades him that the only way to get the Golden Bell is for Rolfe and his men to take the Moors past the whirlpool in their repaired ship. Rolfe agrees, but while they are engaged in recovering the treasure, King Harald captures El Mansuh's stronghold, and in subsequent fighting both Aminah and El Mansuh die. Orm and Gerda are reunited, and King Harald, delighted to have the Golden Bell, pardons Rolfe, who sets out to interest the ruler in recovering the long-lost Three Crowns of the Saxon Kings.