classic tale as a historical epic. It is a retelling of part of the. Later, Grendel finds his father's body and cuts the head off to take it home. Loud wails and cries replace the joyful singing of the previous night. Contents, background edit, the basic plot derives from, beowulf, a heroic poem of unknown authorship written in Old English and preserved in a manuscript dating from around AD 1000. According to Germanic law, the system of wergild appeared as an alternative to seeking revenge for the loss of a loved one. They wrestle furiously, during which Beowulf appears to become a flaming, dragon-like figure and repeats many of the ideas that the dragon revealed to Grendel. As the politics of Hrothulf, Hygmod, Hrothgar, and a thegn named Ingeld become more bitter and pathetic, Grendel defends his terrorizing of the Danes, claiming that his violence has resulted in great deeds and given the people humanity, thus making him their creator. 12 The book was nominated for the 1972 Mythopoeic Award for best novel.
Gardner's retelling, however, presents the story from the existentialist view of Grendel, exploring the history of the characters before Beowulf arrives. He meets that challenge by facing danger bravely and trusting that the story of his deeds will cause him to live on in memory. In revealing more about Grendel, Selma recounts that Grendel had once clumsily raped her and has protected her since that day; and Beowulf becomes her paramour. Grendel is borrowed from sections of Sartre's.
Unferth s challenge to Beowulfs honor differentiates him from Beowulf and helps to reveal some of the subtleties of the heroic code that the warriors must follow.
Unferth is presented as a lesser man, a foil for the near-perfect Beo.
When he believes that all the men are asleep, he breaks into the hall and eats one man. Beowulf: I've been called worse. In return, they were bound by oaths of loyalty and obedience to the king. Second, Beowulf is a marvelous character. Canadian, icelandic fantasy adventure film directed by, sturla Gunnarsson, loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, beowulf. He becomes filled with despair and falls through the sea, finding himself in an enormous cave filled with riches and a dragon. It is also possible the dragon was meant to be the same dragon that appeared in the epic poem Beowulf as he does reference how he has foreseen his own death at the hands of a human, he also alludes that his death would.