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1[[quoteright:250:]] ² [[caption-width-right:250:]]²²->'''Unferth''': It don't brag of wrestling with it. Nor of being able to kill it. The troll broke down these doors with 20 danish warriors sleeping inside. What gives 13 geats better hope?²->'''Beowulf''': We won't be sleeping. ²²'''Beowulf and Grendel''' is a 2005 of Icelandic-Canadian [[HornyVikings Viking film]] directed by Sturla Gunnarsson that retells the story of Beowulf in a somewhat revisionist manner. Despite this, the film is one of the more faithful film adaptations and attempts to be somewhat accurate in costuming to the 6th century. ²²In the film, Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson) is on a campaign of vengence against king Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) who killed his father. Word get's to the geatish warrior Beowulf (Gerard Butler) who decides to come to the aid to the danes. ²²----²!!''The Raven Trilogy'' provides examples of the following tropes:²%%²%% Zero Context Examples have been commented out. Please provide context before uncommenting.²%%²²* AdaptationalHeroism: Grendel wants vengence for his father's death in this film, as opposed the murdering some noisy neighbours. ²* AmbiguouslyHuman: Grendel seems somewhat human [[spoiler: especially compared to the sea-hag]] but is consistently called a troll. He seems more like a hybrid between homo sapiens and neanderthal, which is possible considering [[spoiler: he fathered with Selma]]. ²* AnArmAndALeg: It's a [[ForgoneConclusion forgone conclusion]], but Grendel get's his arm torn off by Beowulf. ²* ArtisticLicenceGeography: The film takes place in Denmark and even puts out a map to show the location, but the film is shot clearly in Iceland. ²* ArtisticLicenceHistory / AnachronismStew: Through broadly accurate to the period, there are some glearing errors like the completely made up leather armor worn over the accuratly realised chainmail. We also have Hrothgar who is meant to be a mighty danish king, but lives in ragged hall in a wasteland as opposed to a 50 meter wide hall in the lushest parts of Denmark like the danish kings that inspired the legend. ²** There is also an irish priest converting danes in the 6th century. While not impossible it's unlikely. Any irish priest would probably be busy trying to convert the scores of angles, saxons, jutes and frisians that had invaded recently. ²* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Grendel does not kill Hrothgar because he spared him as a child, but goes out of his way to make Hrothgar's life a living hell. ²* [[spoiler: ChildByRape]]: Selma's son [[spoiler: with Grendel]].²* CompressedAdaptation: The film only adapts the Grendel episode, but leaves it open for Beowulf to have his other adventures. ²* DecapitationPresentation: As a child Grendel is to weak to move his father's massive body so he resorts to cut off his head and hide it in a cave. ²* DeadpanSnarker: Beowulf, as exemplified by the page qoute. ²* HeroesWantsRedHeads: Beowulf has a fling the ginger witch Selma. ²* FantasticRacism: The humans towards trolls. ²* TheHighQueen: Wealtheow maintains her queenly aura when Hrothgar sinks into depression.²* HotWitch: Selma, played by Sarah Polley.²* IrishPriest: Father Brendan. ²* LikeASonToMe: Beowulf to Hrothgar. ²* MagicRealism: Most of the events in the film are quite grounded and there is not really anything supernatural about Grendel. [[spoiler: But the sea-hag is 100% real]]. ²* NotEvenBotheringWiththeAccent: With the exception of Eddie Marsan, all the actor's speak with their natural accents be they Scottish, Canadian or Icelandic. Skarsgård speaks in a broad american accent, but that's just the way he speaks english. ²* SuperStrength: Averted. Grendel is stronger than all the other characters, but not inhumanly. ²* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The entire dialoge is like this.


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