The 13th Warrior

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Beowulf is a tale deriving from the Anglo-Saxon period, in this epic poem the reader learns about a heroic character facing the supernatural antagonists in his environment. The film, The 13th Warrior depicts the story of Beowulf, as well as the alternate perspective story of Grendel, the novella in a more modern vision. Although many changes were made to be comply with the 21st century audience, the theme of good versus evil remains in the film. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the audience is introduced to many supernatural ideas. The reader is informed of the great evil demon that stalks a community and that Beowulf will save them all, because of his superhuman strengths like being, "a thane, they declared, with the strength of thirty in the grip of each hand." (Beowulf 3). Beowulf is also enlightened about the evil demon, Grendel that came from the cool, deep waters in which Cain was banished to…show more content…
The era of barbarians, Vikings and warriors were very popular when the film was created, thus the reason for the many modifications to the old time supernatural elements being eliminated. In addition to making the hero's victories less unnatural, Boulvine battles with weapons and an army of men opposed to Beowulf's single combat, however this makes sense, because in the novel the protagonist is one person and in the film, it is a group. Also, in the epic poem, Beowulf, the people have learned a new religion, Christianit and is slowly embracing it, in the 13th Warrior, more similar to "Eaters of the Dead", Ibn is an Arab Muslim and he is banished to another country also embracing something new, the pagan values of the Vikings. Crichton most likely made him Arabian, because there was a mutual minimal knowledge about their culture and lifestyle just like Anglo-Saxon culture and religion to the modern audience, also because the writer of Beowulf was Christian and they worship one God, just like Ibn

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