I have read the story Beowulf and watched the movie The 13th Warrior. I have closely compared the similarities and differences between the two. Beowulf and The 13th Warrior have vast differences and even more similarities between the two stories. In each of them I have found that both have Beowulf and Buliwyf are going into battle, they both have to fight a monstrous cannibal being that attacks a village, and in the end both characters die in honor. But, each had its differences.
For instance in Beowulf, you can find Christian interpolations, and before they go into battle with the monster they have to face they drink and party before the fight. Now, in The 13th Warrior, you will find Muslim interpolations, and before they fight they lay in a circle with their weapons waiting for the fight with the group of people they have to face. In both, the story and the movie, each group is going into a battle with a monster that’s attacking a village at night.
In Beowulf, Beowulf and the Geats travel to Herot to help king Hrothgar and his village fight Grendel, a monstrous demon that kills the people and tries to make their lives just as awful as it’s life has been, and Beowulf and the Geats save the village. The 13th Warrior they travel far into the north to help king Hrothgar and his people fight the Wendel Tribe. In The 13th Warrior when they are waiting for the monster to show, they lay in a circle with their weapons waiting for it to show up and fight.
When Beowulf fights Grendel, him and his men party and drink that night before the fight and fall asleep. The Northmen use their weapons while Beowulf used only his hands. Both the Wendel Tribe and Grendel were cannibals. They came in the night and killed civilians, ran off with them to their dens and ate them. But, the Wendel Tribe was made up of many people that dressed and acted like monsters. Grendel, on the other hand, was actually a monster. Grendel’s mother is killed by Beowulf and the Wendel Tribe’s “mother” was killed by Buliwyf, the Northmen’s leader.
Between every story that turns into a movie or a movie that gets based on a story there’s always some contrasts. Like, between Beowulf and The 13th Warrior there’s different religions in each. In Beowulf the Monks inserted Christian interpolations to sneak their religious beliefs into the story. Now in The 13th Warrior, the religion is much different. Instead of Christian interpolations they have inserted Muslim interpolations. Meaning they have placed Muslim religious beliefs throughout the movie.
At the end of both the story and the movie, the two heros died in honor. Beowulf was the king and when he died, they honored his death and in memory of him they built a light tower on top of his grave. When Beowulf died, he wasn’t a king, but king Hrothgar said they would bury him as a king, and so they did. In conclusion, the story Beowulf and the movie The 13th Warrior, which is based on the story Beowulf, has many comparisons, from the monsters each group fights, both monsters being cannibales, and both men dying in honor of what they did.
Now the story and movie also had their contrasts, for instance the story had Christian interpolations while the movie had Muslim interpolations, in Beowulf he fought a single monster and in The 13th Warrior he fought a tribe of people acting like monsters, also before the fight started Beowulf and his men drank and partied before they fought Grendel and Beowuf and his men lay in a circle with their weapons waiting for the fight to happen. Either way no matter what you read and then compare it to a movie you will find similarities and differences.
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