The canvas depicts fearless Scandinavian Vikings. They come together on the rooks, and the battle begins. Heavy ragged clouds float across the ominous copper-purple sky, as menacing as inaccessible coastal cliffs. Cold waves are foaming. The warriors’ shields and the wind-blown sails flooded with bloody reflections. The main thing in the picture is not the outcome of the battle, but its violent elements, the fatal inevitability that involves people, ships, and nature in the maelstrom of the battle.