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outlander

A spacecraft crashes in a lake in ancient Norway. On board is an alien monster, the Moorwen, and Kainan, played by Jim Cavizel, who activates a distress signal and sets out to trace the monster which had stowed away on his ship and caused the crash.

Kainan is captured and held prisoner by king Hrothgar, who goes hunting for the bear he thinks attacked his village. Kainan saves his life. When his daughter, played by Sophia Myles, realizes the kind of man he is, she falls in love with him.

The Moorwen goes on a rampage. Neighboring king Gunnar is forced to seek alliance with Hrothgar. In an attempt to trap Moorwen and its newly born offspring, many of the Norsemen are killed, including both kings.

The survivors retreat, with Kainan and Wulfric staying behind the Moorwen, eventually defeating it in a cave. Fatally injured, Wulfric transfers the kingship to Kainan. Just as the rescue ship approaches for Kainan, he deactivates his distress signal, opting to remain on earth with Freya.

The movie didn’t do very well at the box office, but I think it was a good story for someone who likes had a lot of action, along with just enough romance. Jim Cavizel portrayed a believable character. As did Sophia Myles.

mead

Mead

This week I’m not sharing a recipe. For one thing, I don’t know if any of us would appreciate sampling a true Viking meal. Instead I opted for something else. In just about every movie I’ve ever watched, the Vikings are always guzzling mead out of horns or flagons. As a writer, I was curious about the beverage, so I looked it up.

Mead is an alcoholic drink created by fermenting honey with water. It sometimes contains other fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The hops act as a preservative and lend it a bitter flavor…something like beer. Alcoholic content can be anywhere from 8 to 20%. It is carbonated or naturally sparkling and it can be dry, semi-sweet or sweet. The beverage is known from many sources of ancient history throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

And there you have it!

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