History Literature / Beowulf

5th Jul '16 8:16:39 AM StFan
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''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.

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''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.

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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.
12th Jun '16 11:39:52 PM Zxczxczbfgman
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** It's [[NotSoDifferent still practiced]] (sort of) even in Western cultures; it's just called the ''tort of wrongful death''.
4th May '16 2:21:26 PM margdean56
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* MidSeasonUpgrade: Beouwulf receives the Naegling after the TimeSkip.

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* MidSeasonUpgrade: Beouwulf Beowulf receives the Naegling after the TimeSkip.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: While the dragon conforms to the fairly conventional image of a cave-dwelling, fire-breathing, gold-hoarding, winged reptile, it has also a rather unique characteristic in that it is a ''nocturnal'' creature. It also had a venomous bite.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: While the dragon conforms to the fairly conventional image of a cave-dwelling, fire-breathing, gold-hoarding, winged reptile, it has also a rather unique characteristic in that it is a ''nocturnal'' creature. It also had has a venomous bite.



* YouCantFightFate: Death will get you one day, and the only thing you can do in the mean while is be as good and great a man as you can.

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* YouCantFightFate: Death will get you one day, and the only thing you can do in the mean while meanwhile is be as good and great a man as you can.
4th May '16 2:16:14 PM margdean56
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* BadassBoast: Unferth, one of Hrothgar's men calls Beowulf a loser for losing a swimming contest. Beowulf responds that he got ambushed and had to stay on the sea floor ruining the shit of nine monsters (he took part in ''a swimming contest'' equipped with [[SelfImposedChallenge mail armor and a sword]]), and tells the drunk he's going to hell.

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* BadassBoast: Unferth, one of Hrothgar's men men, calls Beowulf a loser for losing a swimming contest. Beowulf responds that he got ambushed and had to stay on the sea floor ruining the shit of nine monsters (he took part in ''a swimming contest'' equipped with [[SelfImposedChallenge mail armor and a sword]]), and tells the drunk he's going to hell.



* CoolSword: {{Subverted}} - they may be quenched in blood rather than water and be like poison to normal humans, but they aren't usually much use, because Beowulf tends to break them because of his strength. Grendel's Mother is totally immune to human-crafted weapons of any kind, too.

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* CoolSword: {{Subverted}} - -- they may be quenched in blood rather than water and be like poison to normal humans, but they aren't usually much use, because Beowulf tends to break them because of his strength. Grendel's Mother is totally immune to human-crafted weapons of any kind, too.



* [[TenMoviePlots Monster in the House]], depending on whose perspective you take. Beowulf the Geat (one of the baddest of the BigDamnHeroes) comes over to fight the monster Grendel that has been ravaging the Dane's house for 12 years, i.e. he comes over and they've got a monster in their house.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Beow's funeral at the beginning echoes Beowulf's at the end, which in turn signifies the end of the Geat's hegemony and the rise of the Swedes.

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* [[TenMoviePlots Monster in the House]], depending on whose perspective you take. Beowulf the Geat (one of the baddest of the BigDamnHeroes) comes over to fight the monster Grendel that has been ravaging the Dane's Danes' house for 12 years, i.e. he comes over and they've got a monster in their house.
* MeaningfulFuneral: Beow's funeral at the beginning echoes Beowulf's at the end, which in turn signifies the end of the Geat's Geats' hegemony and the rise of the Swedes.



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25th Feb '16 6:41:10 AM Redmess
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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Beowulf decides to fight Grendel unarmed, because he doesn't have the luxury of drawing a weapon while he waits on the floor pretending to be asleep. The fight culminates in Beowulf ''ripping Grendel's arm off''.

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Beowulf decides to fight Grendel unarmed, because he doesn't have the luxury of drawing Grendel does not use a weapon while he waits on the floor pretending either, and Beowulf wants to be asleep.[[BadassBoast beat him in a fair fight]]. The fight culminates in Beowulf ''ripping Grendel's arm off''.
25th Feb '16 6:38:47 AM Redmess
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* GondorCallsForAid: The Danes ask the Geats for help defeating the monster Grendel.
25th Feb '16 6:25:41 AM Redmess
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* 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 the fate after.

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* 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 the fate after.[[UsefullNotes/AngloSaxons THEIR fate]] after this story.
25th Feb '16 6:17:48 AM Redmess
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* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Or "Beowulf can breathe underwater".


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* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Beowulf can hold his breath underwater for a full day when diving down a lake, and fight off no less than nine monsters on the sea bottom. The latter is done during a swimming contest in full armor that takes about a week to complete.
25th Feb '16 6:12:47 AM Redmess
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* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Or "Beowulf can breath underwater".

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* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Or "Beowulf can breath breathe underwater".
18th Dec '15 8:55:31 PM nombretomado
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* [[TenMoviePlots Monster in the House]] or [[TheSevenBasicPlots Overcoming the Monster]], depending on whose perspective you take. Beowulf the Geat (one of the baddest of the BigDamnHeroes) comes over to fight the monster Grendel that has been ravaging the Dane's house for 12 years, i.e. he comes over and they've got a monster in their house.

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* [[TenMoviePlots Monster in the House]] or [[TheSevenBasicPlots Overcoming the Monster]], House]], depending on whose perspective you take. Beowulf the Geat (one of the baddest of the BigDamnHeroes) comes over to fight the monster Grendel that has been ravaging the Dane's house for 12 years, i.e. he comes over and they've got a monster in their house.
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