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Thesis The Thirteenth Warrior offers a realistic believable recreation of the epic tale Beowulf Beowulf is perhaps the most popular of all epic poems It is the story of a triumphant hero battling three supernatural monsters Even though there is not a full theatrical remake of this classic tale The Thirteenth Warrior provides us with a more realistic view of Beowulf The supernatural monsters are replaced with the barbaric cannibalistic tribe of the Wendols However the main character in The Thirteenth Warrior is not Beowulf it is the outsider Ibn Fadlan of the group of warriors that Buliwyf the spelling interpreted by The Thirteenth Warrior leads The first scenes of The Thirteenth Warrior compare well to that of Beowulf Ibn Fadlan is shown at a celebration for a kings death similar to the opening funeral in Beowulf It is at the celebration that the warriors learn of King Hrothgars unspeakable terror He calls upon Buliwyf because he is too old to fight the terrors that haunt him and his people Buliwyf comprises a group of thirteen men for the quest The thirteenth of these men had to have foreign blood thus Ibn Fadlan is chosen because of his Arabian descent As the thirteen men leave a companion wishes for God to be on Ibns side The Christian religion is present in both The Thirteenth Warrior and Beowulf The thirteen warriors travel to the land of King Hrothgar by ship Once arriving the characters journey to the towns mead hall It is at this mead hall where two characters of Beowulf are shown on screen First King Hrothgar greets the warriors when entering the mead hall In both stories he is portrayed as an old man that was once a great warrior Also the character Unferth is present continuing to question Buliwyfs worth It is at this mead hall where the first of the three main battles take place Instead of the gigantic
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