The story centers on Brendan, the nephew of the abbot of the monastery of Kells, who helps Aiden, the illuminator from Iona, work on the Book of Kells. In the process he is helped by the famous Pangur Ban and a mysterious forest girl named Ashley. It’s a children’s movie and the themes are fairly simple and also very Pagan.
Religion isn’t the theme of the film, but the triumph of light over darkness is. From the nasties lurking in the forest to the dreaded and larger-than-life Northmen, darkness is a very real and very scary threat.The Book of Kells, in mimicking nature and being an example of the beauty humanity can create in even the darkest times, is the symbol of light in this film.
The Secret of Kells is not a distinctly Pagan film, but it is very lovely and mythical. Great film for Pagan children. It’s available to stream on demand from Netflix and for sale on DVD.