In the Shadow of the Raven

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's second attempt to recreate the Viking world draws on different material - the Icelandic sagas, the story of Tristan and Isolde, the Greek tragedies, brought together by the director's imagination. It tells the story of a young man, Trausti, who arrives in Iceland from Norway, where he has completed his studies for the priesthood. A man of peace, he is thrust by fate into the midst of civil strife in Iceland, where he meets Ísól. Unmarried and yet a mother, she represents the Eternal Feminine, the woman that Goethe sought in vain. In the Shadow of the Raven is first and foremost a story of strong individuals set against the powerful workings of fate.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    October 23, 1988
  • Genre
  • Length
    118 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Í skugga hrafnsins
  • International Title
    In the Shadow of the Raven
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway, Sweden
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    No usable print available. -

Company Credits


  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 1990
    International Action and Adventure Film Festival, Valenciennes - Award: Special Jury Prize.
  • 1989
    Academy Awards - Award: The Icelandic entry for best foreign language film.
  • 1988
    European Film Awards - Award: Nominated for the Felix (Best Actress: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Best Supporting Actor: Helgi Skúlason)


  • Bergvík, 1988 - VHS