The dominator of men, the vanguard of the Geats, the decimator of demons, the slayer of dragons. This man of so many deeds and accomplishments, no mere soldier or warrior of any stature could dream of undertaking such monumental tasks. An honorable battle between a powerful and hideous demon Grendel. A very fierce battle with Grendel’s mother. Finally his last yet toughest battle , which cost him his life, was with a massive and powerful Dragon. This man’s name has been sung for ages, written on parchment, story retold many times over the centuries, his name is Beowulf!
There are minor and yet very major differences between the book and the movie. First lets start with the battle of Grendel. One difference that seem to ‘catch’ a lot of attention was that in the film Beowulf fought Grendel completely naked! In the book(poem) Beowulf boasted it would only be a fair fight, for both parties, if he only fought Grendel with no weapons and armor, which he did has he had said. Another difference is that in the film a character named Wiglaf, who does not appear till Beowulf becomes elderly, is in the battle against Grendel to help him. At this point in the storyline of the book ‘Beowulf’, Wiglaf does not yet exist to help Beowulf until he is king over the Geats and very old, which changes a lot of the actual events within the story. Lastly the ripping of Grendel’s arm, within the movie Beowulf uses a chain to assume control of his arm, eventually trapping Grendel’s arm in the door’s of Heorot, and ripping his arm off in the process. In the book the monster storms in Heorot begins his attack, while the demon makes his attack on Beowulf, it is caught off guard when Beowulf grips the demon with strength far greater than the demon has ever known. Beowulf eventually rips off the arm.
Eventually Beowulf is confronted by Grendel’s twisted, demented, crazed mother, which is also a Shapeshifter in the film. In the film her revenge started the slaughter of all the people...
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