Beowulf and the 13th Warrior Compare&Contrast

Topics: Beowulf, Michael Crichton, Ahmad ibn Fadlan Pages: 2 (782 words) Published: October 7, 2012
After the poem Beowulf (the destroyer of monsters, an Old English heroic epic poem of a courageous and powerful, well known warrior), and the movie The Thirteenth warrior (an Arab accompanies a band of Northmen in a quest to destroy the Wendol, Based on the book Eaters of the dead, which is a playful version of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf.) you can notice a similar story plot between them. Beowulf dated between the 8th and the early 11th century, takes place in Denmark and Sweden. It begins with the story of King Hroðgar, telling the story of a big and powerful monster awakening from his sleep, angry and bitter kills and consumes Hroðgar’s warriors and people. Beowulf, a young warrior from Geatland, hears of Hroðgar's troubles and with his king's permission leaves his homeland to help Hroðgar. The thirteenth warrior takes place in AD 922, In Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan’s point of view; a nomadic Arab traveler banished from his home land comes across a band of Norse warriors having a Viking funeral of their dead king. He meets his son, the new king, Boulvine. In the morning they see a child who’s come from a faraway land to tell them of the evil that mustn’t be named and asks for help. A witch comes in and summons 13 warriors, the 13th mustn’t be a Northman, since he’s the only non-Northman their he’s coerce him into joining them when they are summoned to fight mysterious creatures that mustn’t be named. They both travel by boat and are greeted by the king’s thane. Beowulf and the geats drinks and party to whereas the 13 warriors strengthen the village’s defense. They are both attacked at night.

The 13 warriors are together and ready to face the monsters to whereas the Beowulf and his men are passed out from partying. They both destroy the monster but in Beowulf’s story he does it by himself and the 13 warriors do it as a group effort. Beowulf does it for fame and because he loves destroying evil monsters as a heroic warrior with supernatural powers....
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