For example, the boat Langöe appeared in "The Northman," and it can now be seen at the Viking Ship Museum in front of Café Knarr.

The American film "The Northman" is a Viking saga that premiered in cinemas before Easter, and the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum collaborated with the film's creators.

Large TV productions such as "Vikings," "Vikings: Valhalla," and similar TV series, which all refer to the Viking Age and the Viking sagas, have rolled across the screen around the world, boosting international interest in Viking history and culture.

The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde has been able to provide many answers and interesting information to visitors in search of Viking-related knowledge in recent years - albeit at a slower pace during the pandemic.

Multiple production companies visited the Viking Ship Museum

TV companies and streaming services have also taken note of the demand for Viking content, which led to a lot of documentaries, news broadcasts, and TV shows - and a few of these productions also visited the Viking Ship Museum.

"Before the corona pandemic, inquiries about films and TV productions to the Viking Ship Museum were fairly constant at approx. 50 projects a year. This almost halved during the corona (pandemic), primarily due to travel restrictions," the museum's TV and Film Coordinator Ivan Jakobsen stated.  

"But we can now again see a growing interest from production companies. Throughout (the pandemic), we have been in contact with many projects that were put on ice and were waiting for travel to resume again.

 "The current film 'The Northman' is a good example of (such a) collaboration. First, we received inquiries about what we could contribute. Then the film's director Robert Eggers visited the museum for inspiration and knowledge - and subsequently, some of the film's actors came (here) for research," Jakobsen noted.

A Viking boat in a movie

In addition to knowledge and information, the Viking Ship Museum also contributed a boat to the film. A smaller Viking boat, built at the Viking Ship Museum as an open-source project, called "Langöe."

The boat went on a trip to the filming location in Northern Ireland on the back of a truck - but is now back at the Viking Ship Museum, where it stands in front of the museum's Café Knarr.

"It has to be said that the Viking Ship Museum is paid to participate. The service provided for the films must be covered by revenue. We cannot financially erode what is our main purpose – to secure the Danish cultural heritage and bring to life the story of how the Vikings changed the world with their ships," Ivan Jakobsen concluded.

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