Return of the Valkyrie
Lord Erick leads a group of Viking through the Eastwind bog.
Lady of the Ring, the legend of your beauty does
you no justice. Your destiny has arrived.
I have come to save you.
Lord Erick! My lord...this is madness. You cannot
penetrate the ring of fire. Only Gabrielle's soul
mate can pass through the flames. All other flesh...
A boar on a spit has reason to fear the flame, not
a Viking lord.
That is not the only thing that stands in your way.
I should worry about getting mud on my boots?
Actually, that is not what I was referring to.
Lord Erick, call them off!
Call your men off. This is suicide!
To the ship!
We must return with them to Denmark.
You're giving up?
No, I'm seeking help from an old friend.
If any mortal can defeat the demons in this cursed
bog, it is Hrothgar.
I will return, Gabrielle...I promise you.
Hey! It looks like we arrived in time for some kind
O-oh. Excuse me.
What conquest are you people celebrating?
The conquest of King Hrothgar's heart, sir. He's
marrying the noble and fair Wealthea.
Hm-m. Thank you
Wealthea - that's not a Norse name.
I wonder what it means.
My guess would be that it's uh, Celtic for...
Wealthea, greetings! Welcome to you!
(whispering) Xena! Xena!
Dad, I thought you said there's no way she could
I was wrong.
Uh, sorry. I'm sorry. Excuse me.
Sorry. Uh, I'm sorry. Excuse me.
Hrothgar...the ancient ritual of the exchange of
blades, seals your pledge of fidelity, to Wealthea...
Beowulf! This is not the time.
This changes all of our plans. Now that I have
Xena to help me save Gabrielle, I need Hrothgar
Yeah, except his wife, whose name is Wealthea.
Her name is Xena. Trust me.
Xena - th--the mighty Warrior Princess. I don't
Make you vows.
Wealthea, I make the Viking pledge of eternal
love and devotion.
I'm sorry. I, uh...
You're overcome with joy.
Yes, I'm overcome.
It was the ring. It's the ring that's changed her.
Oh-oh, um...I, Wealthea, promise to be a devoted
wife to Hrothgar and a...
XENA and PRIEST
To his people.
Oh...oh, I am the luckiest woman in Denmark!
Let us prepare the sacrifice to the goddess Freya.
Why are men so foolish?
You think it's silly for a man to risk his life for a woman?
A normal man with no other good use, no. But
Sven the Lion Heart? Noble John Thomas? Ingmar
Hm-m, does seem a waste of talent.
If they died in pursuit of the ring, I'd understand.
But to spill their blood for the ordinary woman
who lays entrapped beside it...
Our sister Brunnhilda turned herself to flame to
protect that Gabrielle. Perhaps she's not so ordinary.
And Xena, Xena seems to care a great deal
for her, too.
You speak the name of that conniving bitch in
the presence of heroes? Thank the gods she's
dead and fed to the fishes. Now hurry it up! Odin
wants the best of these in Valhalla by nightfall.
Ah-h. You've come to congratulate me at last, Hildegyth.
You've made a terrible mistake, Brother. This
Wealthea will never care for you or our people
the way I do.
Never speak of my marriage that way again unless
you wish me to order my own sister banished!
You look as if this was your funeral, not your wedding.
Hrothgar...at the ceremony I had such a strange
As did I. It besieges me whenever you are near,
and I know of only one cure for this malady.
No, Hrothgar - Hrothgar, tradition says that we
cannot be together until the moon is high. Otherwise,
you would jinx our union.
I've waited so long to make you truly mine.
I know, Hrothgar. Yes, and you know that I have
been devoted to you since you pulled me from
the icy waters. But would it be so very hard to wait
just a few more hours?
I would wait even longer if I thought I had your heart
Hrothgar, my husb--husband - Hrothgar! No.
You - our union has given me a new purpose.
You have always known that my priorities are
different than other women's.
You are a Viking queen. Your priorities are as your
Beowulf! You've come to celebrate our most...
joyful day. My wife, Wealthea.
Perhaps we have met before.
I think not.
Well, women, huh?
How intriguing - when you saw my sister-in-law
this evening you looked as if you'd seen a ghost
and now, she looked right through you as if you
It's kind of a long story.
Perhaps if you told if to the right audience you'd
get the happy ending you seek.
Come in, my lord.
You wish to play a game...master?
You're a lunatic. Stay away from me.
Xena, your life is in danger. When Odin learns
you are alive, he will kill you and Gabrielle will
never be saved.
Please try to-
Odin's raven - he already knows you are here.
You see, Brother? It's as I said - she cannot give
you her heart because she's too busy giving it to
your old friend.
Hrothgar, this madman has mistaken me-
Enough. My brother has heard too many of your
false words. Seize them.
Are you absolutely certain?
We were as brothers, Beowulf.
I would have loved you until the end of my lifetime.
Now it seems it'll only be until the end of yours.
Dispose of them as you choose.
As if I would ever have allowed my brother to share
our city with some...foreign witch. Take them to
(to Beowulf) Why did you not tell him the truth?!
Because I need you to help me save Gabrielle.
You see? I told you I needed you.
I'm lost without you, Xena.
(to Wiglaf) What's the matter with your men? They
look like they've seen a ghost.
No, not a ghost - a legend.
All these men can talk of is a chance to see you
in action. To tell you the truth, I'm-
About to go and polish your blade. Is that right, Wiglaf?
Fine. Send me away.
You feeling seasick?
No. But I am uneasy. I was betrothed for life and
condemned to death on the same die, by the same man.
Hrothgar. He's not the man that I knew. He rescued
a beautiful woman who had lost her memory,
gave her a new name and then some lame story
about being the sole survivor of a shipwreck.
I thought he loved me, and now you tell me that
this name "Wealthea" is not even my own.
You are Xena.
I could have done so much good for the Viking people.
The Xena I remember-
-could do more good with this sword than a hundred
Viking queens could ever do. And the Xena I remember
could never forget what happened in that swamp - the
face of Gabrielle, the most loyal friend in the world.
I remember none of these things.
You may not remember them...but they are inside you.
Odin...you missed the great skill I've achieved
in your honour.
Well, you'd better get ready, Waltraute, Xena is
about to test it.
Xena is alive?
At this very moment, she and Beowulf are crossing
the great sea, heading towards the ring.
I told you have to hide it, right here. Put it in the
tent over there.
Uh, Xena...can I offer you some water?
No! Because I'm gonna offer it to her.
I don't think so.
Here we go again!
(to another Viking) Why don't you stop them?
(yelling) That's enough!
Stop! Stop this! This madness! Must you seek
the merest excuse to fight?!
That's what Vikings do! Fighting gives our lives meaning!
Fighting gives your lives meaning. Do you have
any idea how stupid that is?!
Yeah? Well, it didn't sound stupid when it came
Long ago it was Xena who first taught Odin to
embrace violence and bloodlust.
Well, if that is true then I know I am not this Xena.
Yah-h-h-h! Yah! Yah! Yah!
They know who you are, and they want you dead.
END OF ACT TWO
Ready your weapons, men!
Beowulf...I won't have this resolved by violent means.
It's the only means they know, or would you rather die?
Have your men put down their weapons!
If you want me to help you save your friend Gabrielle,
then you'll do as I say!
Put your weapons down. Put them down!
There will be no blood shed here today!
Long time no see, Xena. I'd like to catch up, but
I'm afraid killing you is gonna make that a bit difficult.
I'll not fight you.
I said enough! (to horse) Whoa. Whoa.
Xena...this isn't much of a reunion.
You can kill me if you want, but I am not the Warrior
Princess you seek.
You heard the woman, Odin! Kill her!
Silence, Waltraute! If you're not Xena, who are you?
I don't know.
Do you know who I am?
She said your name is Odin, but I don't know you
from your horse.
Waltraute...return to Valhalla at once.
Leave these noble warriors to their mission.
Yah! Yah! Yah-h-h-h!
See? We saw them off without violence.
Only because he considers you more valuable
alive than dead. He'll be back soon enough.
You're upset, because I didn't kill Xena.
I'm upset my lord has lost his mind. Have you
forgotten Xena has the power to kill gods?
No, but she has and with all her memories gone,
so are her motivations. Once she has retrieved
the ring from the flames, it will be very easy to
wrest it from her.
Odin, you intend to keep the ring for yourself?
Only those who have forsaken love can use it.
What can I say? My heart is hardened.
No, you promised that ring to me. You love me.
I love no one and once I've secured that ring from
Xena, I will fear nothing.
Grinhilda will never let-
Grinhilda will do nothing to stop Xena, because
you and the other Valkyrie will make certain nothing
stops Xena from getting to that ring. Hm-m?
On my life, Xena will die before she gets close
enough to those flames to singe an eyebrow.
Are you a demon...or own mind made mad?
I am the truth of who you are. Our souls are united, Xena.
Xena...are you all right?
Yes. This Gabrielle truly loved Xena, didn't she?
And will till the end of time. Gabrielle saved you
from what you were, as you must now save her.
I've heard the men talking. They say that Xena
created this monster that awaits us.
It's true, then.
I have waited a long time to return this to you.
What's it for?
You'll know. When the time comes, you'll know.
We're in Grinhilda's domain.
Beowulf, if I'm not the one...
You are. Brunnhilda's flame will recognize you
as Gabrielle's soul mate.
The love in your heart burns stronger than any
flame. You belong together, Xena.
It makes me sick to see you've grown so soft.
Softness and weakness are two different things.
I have no quarrel with you. I'm here only for Gabrielle!
You sound like one of those pathetic lovesick
boys who burned themselves to a crisp.
I've waited a long time for this.
Xena, you must go now. Go, or all this is for nothing.
Xena, go. Gabrielle needs you. Xena, go-o-o-o-o!
You're my best friend, my family.
Hey, I just saved your life! I'm not the little girl that
my parents wanted me to be.
It's hard to be alone.
You're not alone.
I dreamed you'd come back for me.
It was like I was in a dream, too. I forgot everything.
But even though I didn't remember you...I felt your
presence...and knew that I would never be complete
unless those shadows were brought into the light.
Xena, don't put it on again.
I forged this ring. Now I have to use it to undo the
evil it has caused. A-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-she-yah!
Grinhilda...listen to me. You weren't always this way.
It was my actions that turned you into this beast.
Grinhilda...I put the evil into this ring.
I can undo it, too, if only you-
Grinhilda, you must listen to me.
Grinhilda...look inside your heart. Find the woman
you once were. Forgive me. Forgive me. Forgive me!
Ah! Ah-h-h! Uh!
Hm-m? Oh, yeah.
Beowulf, I'll always be indebted to you for bringing
me back here.
Hey, I needed the best. The legends didn't lie,
Xena, you are the greatest warrior I've ever known.
Thank you, friend.
Let's take you home.
I'll miss you.
You have a good heart, Beowulf. If it weren't for
you, I'd still be in Brunnhilda's flame.
I think we both know Xena would have found
Thank you, Brunnhilda.
Chk-chk. Yah! Get on!
Not a word, Wiglaf - not a word.
You all right?
(to horse) Let's go. Chk-chk.
Things haven't changed much around here, have they?
Xena? It seems as though you've found yourself again.
Perhaps you've decided to return to me that which
belongs in Valhalla - the ring?
I have brought something back that belongs
Grinhilda was the best thing that ever happened
to Valhalla, Odin, before it was poisoned by my bloodlust.
What do you want?
Return me to my position as chief of the Valkyries.
She'll teach them a nobler use for their powers, Odin.
I'll think about it.
Don't think too long.
Welcome back, Grinhilda.
Thirty-five years ago - the shame of it makes if
feel like it was yesterday.
Memories are powerful, Xena. I'm so thankful that
yours brought you back to me.
But there's one that's still troubling me.
Stay back, Xena! You took all we had years ago!
I know. I came to apologize...
...and to bring you this.
It belongs to you.
What magic has made Xena into such a noble
creature, that she would give up the power of
It wasn't magic.
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle
Brittney Powell as Brunnhilda
Renato Bartolomei as Beowulf
Alexander Petersons as Odin
Victoria Hill as Waltraute
Dean O'Gorman as Wiglaf
Roger Morrissey as Monster Grinhilda
Luanne Gordon as Grinhilda
John Leigh as Hrothgar
Genevieve McLean as Hildegyth
Loren Horsley as Sieglinda
John Wraight as Lord Erick
Marama Jackson as First Rhein Maiden
Lucy Thomas as Second Rhein Maiden
Stephanie Bertram as Third Rhein Maiden
Denys Hoskins as Priest
Ben Brown as Villager
Steve McQuillan as Viking #1
Written by: Emily Skopov
Directed by: John Fawcett
Disclaimer: Any similarity between our story and the classic children's fairy tale is purely coincidental.