History Literature / Beowulf

27th Jul '17 7:32:17 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''Film/The13thWarrior''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and [[Film/Beowulf1999 the 1999 sci-fi film]] starring Christopher Lambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.

to:

The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''Film/The13thWarrior''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and [[Film/Beowulf1999 the 1999 sci-fi film]] starring Christopher Lambert.Creator/ChristopherLambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.
28th May '17 4:08:12 PM rmctagg09
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* NiceDayDeadlyNight: The titular hero's first enemy is Grendel, a monster that attacks each night before slinking away come morning.
18th Nov '16 7:53:08 AM capthanos
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DownerEnding: Beowulf dies in the fight against the dragon, and it's implied that, without their leader, the Geats will be conquered by their Swedish neighbors. Of course, Saxons love reminding their readers of [[UsefullNotes/AngloSaxons THEIR fate]] after this story.
26th Oct '16 4:03:01 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Most (but not all) of the ''Beowulf'' references on this wiki are to the 2007 film ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'', written by Creator/RogerAvary and Creator/NeilGaiman, directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis, and starring RayWinstone. The screenplay for this has [[ExternalRetcon similarly unusual]] diversions from the original story, to say the least. It seems ''Beowulf'' has a knack for inspiring artists to put their own spin on the material. This could perhaps be owing to the somewhat [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] [[ValuesDissonance worldview]] in which the piece was written.

to:

Most (but not all) of the ''Beowulf'' references on this wiki are to the 2007 film ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'', written by Creator/RogerAvary and Creator/NeilGaiman, directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis, and starring RayWinstone.Creator/RayWinstone. The screenplay for this has [[ExternalRetcon similarly unusual]] diversions from the original story, to say the least. It seems ''Beowulf'' has a knack for inspiring artists to put their own spin on the material. This could perhaps be owing to the somewhat [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] [[ValuesDissonance worldview]] in which the piece was written.
10th Oct '16 2:42:00 PM CJCroen1393
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AvengeTheVillain: Grendel's mother is (somewhat understandably) furious when she discovers that her son had been slain.

to:

* AvengeTheVillain: AvengingTheVillain: Grendel's mother is (somewhat understandably) furious when she discovers that her son had been slain.slain and seeks to avenge him by continuing where he left off and later trying to kill his killer.
10th Oct '16 2:40:02 PM CJCroen1393
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* AvengeTheVillain: Grendel's mother is (somewhat understandably) furious when she discovers that her son had been slain.


Added DiffLines:

* DisproportionateRetribution: Grendel killed a bunch of people because their loud celebrations annoyed him.


Added DiffLines:

* MamaBear: Grendel's mother is ''not'' pleased when she finds that her son has been slain by Beowulf.
7th Oct '16 3:59:16 PM DustSnitch
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Badass}}:
** Beowulf tells a story early on in which he kills nine sea monsters with only his sword while ''underwater''.
** Again on the "Beowulf's lungs are the size of train cars" theme, he swims to the bottom of a pool which is so deep it takes him ''almost a whole day'' to get to the bottom. His friends are apparently used to this, as they only start to get worried after many hours have passed.


Added DiffLines:

** Beowulf tells a story early on in which he kills nine sea monsters with only his sword while ''underwater''.
** Again on the "Beowulf's lungs are the size of train cars" theme, he swims to the bottom of a pool which is so deep it takes him ''almost a whole day'' to get to the bottom. His friends are apparently used to this, as they only start to get worried after many hours have passed.
21st Sep '16 6:26:18 PM ecuvulle6267
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* TheLowMiddleAges
5th Sep '16 10:09:15 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''Film/The13thWarrior''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and the 1999 sci-fi film starring Christopher Lambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.

Most (but not all) of the ''Beowulf'' references on this wiki are to the 2007 film ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', written by Creator/RogerAvary and Creator/NeilGaiman, directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis, and starring RayWinstone. The screenplay for this has [[ExternalRetcon similarly unusual]] diversions from the original story, to say the least. It seems ''Beowulf'' has a knack for inspiring artists to put their own spin on the material. This could perhaps be owing to the somewhat [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] [[ValuesDissonance worldview]] in which the piece was written.

to:

The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''Film/The13thWarrior''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and [[Film/Beowulf1999 the 1999 sci-fi film film]] starring Christopher Lambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.

Most (but not all) of the ''Beowulf'' references on this wiki are to the 2007 film ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'', ''Film/{{Beowulf|2007}}'', written by Creator/RogerAvary and Creator/NeilGaiman, directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis, and starring RayWinstone. The screenplay for this has [[ExternalRetcon similarly unusual]] diversions from the original story, to say the least. It seems ''Beowulf'' has a knack for inspiring artists to put their own spin on the material. This could perhaps be owing to the somewhat [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] [[ValuesDissonance worldview]] in which the piece was written.
5th Jul '16 8:16:39 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


''Beowulf'' is the oldest surviving work of fiction in the English language - so old, in fact, that [[HistoryOfEnglish the language it's written in is barely recognizable as English.]] It recounts two stories from the life of its eponymous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geats Geatish]] hero: how, as a young man, he visited Denmark and slew the monster Grendel, then faced the wrath of Grendel's even more monstrous mother; and how, toward the end of his life back in Geatland, he was the only man who dared fight a rampaging dragon.

to:

''Beowulf'' is the oldest surviving work of fiction in the English language - -- so old, in fact, that [[HistoryOfEnglish [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfEnglish the language it's written in is barely recognizable as English.]] It recounts two stories from the life of its eponymous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geats Geatish]] hero: how, as a young man, he visited Denmark and slew the monster Grendel, then faced the wrath of Grendel's even more monstrous mother; and how, toward the end of his life back in Geatland, he was the only man who dared fight a rampaging dragon.



The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''{{The 13th Warrior}}''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and the 1999 sci-fi film starring Christopher Lambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.

to:

The story has been adapted many times. Some of the adaptations have been quite offbeat: they include John Gardner's novel ''Literature/{{Grendel}}'', from the [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation point of view of the monster]]; Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Eaters of the Dead'' (filmed as ''{{The 13th Warrior}}''), ''Film/The13thWarrior''), which [[{{Demythtification}} purported to tell the historical events that inspired]] the Grendel plot; and the 1999 sci-fi film starring Christopher Lambert. The 2005 film ''Beowulf & Grendel'' was comparatively faithful. The [=YouTube=] video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKp5kTUFl1k Beowulf, The Storybook Version]]'', is relatively faithful, but very silly. DC Comics adapted the tale in the 1970s/1980s. A more recent offbeat version was a stage play "Brother Wolf" which transposed the story to the early 20th Century appalachian mountains. Beowulf is the itinerant preacher Brother Wolf, and Grendel is a demon haunting a small mountain town.
This list shows the last 10 events of 103. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.Beowulf