John Gardner author of Grendel and an Unknown author of Beowulf wrote these to compare one another into one mega story. Grendel is about a "monster" who has been at war with humans for over 12 years. Over time he became fascinated by the way that humans live. At the end, Beowulf fights Grendel, and Beowulf pulled his arm off, and then runs away. Beowulf is about how the Danes built a great mead hall to gather and Grendel came and ruined it, killing a lot of the Danes in the process.
How is the movie and textbook version of Beowulf different? Accordingly, to the movie and textbook version of Beowulf they share particular differences that may change your perspective of all the characters. In the movie Grendel began attacking Herot Hall; however, in the textbook he started off attacking the many people who lived in the village. In the textbook Grendel’s mother was considered a hideous a gorgeous monster who lived in a dungeon in the forest. In the textbook Beowulf’s arm was cut off casing his death, even though, in the movie Beowulf’s death was caused by the dragon fire breath.
Then Healfdene has four children, three sons and a daughter. One of which became king that was Hrothgar. Hrothgar built a mead hall, which got attacked by a monster named Grendel. Grendel then took and killed 30 men. This happened for twelve years that Grendel killed the warriors over night.
The story of Beowulf is one of the most well-known works of literature that is written in the Old English language. Beowulf took place in England in the nation that is now known as Denmark. Beowulf was originally a poem that was developed by the Anglo-Saxons in the middle of the seventh century to the late tenth century. As well as many other fictional writings, Beowulf provides many examples of following mythological/archetypal monomyth. There are six categories of the monomyth.
In about 960, Erik 's father was forced to flee Norway because of a murder. The family settled in Iceland, but in 982, Erik was outlawed there too because of another murder. He decided to search for a land further west of Iceland which had been spotted earlier by a discoverer named Gunnbjörn, who gave it the name "Gunnbjarnarsker" ("Gunnbjörn 's skerries").
“Beowulf” is a piece of literature that is considered to be a poem. The poem consists of how Beowulf has to kill Grendel’s mother. Beowulf has to go to the floor of the lake and into Grendel’s mothers lair to try to defeat her. Eventually, Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother. In “The Lord of the Rings,” Gandolf has to save his people from being attacked and killed by the Balrog.
He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures. For example, the Danes were facing Grendel, a terrible monster that would kill their people at their meadhall mercilessly. The king, Hrothgar, and his men attempted multiple times to kill Grendel, but never succeeded. Beowulf of the Geats, heard of the Danes’ problem and offered to help defeat Grendel. In the text he states, “Many deeds of note have I done in my life, and now the reports of the monster Grendel have brought me to your land...So now I am come, my lord King, to fight single-handed against this Grendel.” Beowulf is part of another tribe and is willingly offering to help the Danes.
They had four children, the two brothers fought to become the king but both died in battle. Antigone killed herself and her fiance, Haimon, tried to kill his dad, Creon. Haimon died by accidentally stabbing himself. Creon was the last person in the family alive and the play foreshadows his suicide due to the loss of his family. In the play, there is an epic hero.
Christopher Reeve (AKA the 1978 superman) said that, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. Both Beowulf and Modern day heroes are similar in that way in that they fight for the common good of people. That quote from Christopher Reeves on what a modern day hero is, also applies to the epic hero qualities that Beowulf has. Similarly Beowulf and a modern day hero defeat an evil so that good can prevail. Some examples are, Beowulf Slaying Grendel and Grendel's mother to save the land of the Danes, and soldiers fighting enemies that threaten the lives of a country, and police officers putting criminals behind bars.