Check out this YouTube video:
It’s an adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem The Battle of Maldon, done entirely in animated LEGO. Here you may see the overweening pride of Byrhtnoth, an Anglian commander who makes a tactical blunder fighting the Vikings that costs him his life. See the conflict between ancient heroic values and the gritty contemporary reality of 991 CE England, plagued by Viking armies and desperately trying to mount some kind of valiant resistance. You can almost imagine Byrhtnoth thinking to himself, “If we can beat them here, we can beat them anywhere!” — envisioning himself grandiosely as the first of his generation to successfully battle the Viking invaders, an example to spark an entire nation’s military resistance to the encroachers, and preserve their way of life. Too bad it doesn’t work out for the English during this battle (sorry, a spoiler).
If you are curious about the poem you can find a translation on page 103 of your Broadview anthology. There’s also my translation on my website: http://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/battle-of-maldon/
Either way, enjoy the tiny plastic carnage!