My Eight Favorite Knights in Film and Fiction
by Council Nedd II
As someone who watches way too much television, too many movies, and as someone who knows a fair about chivalry I thought it would be fun to do a post on my favorite knights from film and fiction.
- William Wallace from the film Braveheart and portrayed by Mel Gibsoncome in at number eight o my list.. What’s not to like about this film or this portrayal. This film and this portrayal would have ranked higher, but you will understand when you see the competition.
7. Brienne of Tarth from the Game of Thrones, portrayed by Gwendoline Christie is definitely deserving of a place on this list. She’s a Lady, and she beat the Hound. She is one of two females to make this list.
- William Thatcher in a Knight’s Tale played by the late Heath Ledger has been one of my favorites since its release. I love this film and the notion that although you may be born into a certain situation, class or caste, you can actually purpose to change your stars and your lot in life — and he gets the girl.
- Balian de Ibelin in the Kingdom of Heaven. As with a Knight’s Tale, Orlando Bloom shows that you can change your stars. Sometimes stars are changed through purposing to do so and hard work. Other times people are plucked from obscurity like Balian was in this film — and he gets the girl.
- Joan of Arc as portrayed by Milla Jovovich in The Messenger is breathtaking and awe inspiring and not to be missed. If you’ve never seen this, make sure you do.
- Harry Hart a.k.a. Galahad a.k.a. Colin Firth in the Kingsman is a new film and set in modern times. Harry Hart challenges the traditional appearance of a knight, but certainly not the virtues, dexterity, commitment, creed or ethos. This film is a must see.
- Ahmed ibn Fahdlan is played by Antonio Banderas in The 13th Warrior. He is an Arab poet and diplomat sent to forge relations with Vikings, and becomes the thirteenth warrior in a Norse war party.
- Arn Magnusson is without a doubt my favorite knight from film and fiction. The movie was just ok, but the book trilogy is phenomenal. It chronicles the formation of a young Norse boy into a fierce and respected crusader night well versed in commerce, Scripture, the arts, warfare and respected by the Saracens including Saladin. Read the books, but also feel free to check out “Arn: The Knights Templar” starring Joakim Natterqvist.