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The act of being honorable has been written about and discussed for ages beginning from The Laxdaela Saga to the more recent works by Tolkein The Lord of the Rings Throughout literary history authors have created and restored figures from all times that seem to represent what is honorable and chivalrous The two literary legends compared in this paper are Beowulf and Parzival These two figures in their own way find within them what is virtuous At first impression it seems as though Beowulf is the warrior who contains the honor within himself but as the two characters are compared in depth it becomes obvious that Parzivals journey through manhood brings him to a much more noble and honorable place Beowulf and Parzivals journeys began on the same path each fatherless they strove to search out what they saw as adventure They jumped to whet their desires for the unknown and the chance to be a hero A young Beowulf we learn challenges a peer to a match of strength Unferth tells this tale of when for pride the pair of them proved the seas and for a trite boast entrusted their lives to the deep waters undissuadable by effort of friend or foe whatsoever from that swimming on the seaBeowulf65 Beowulfs stubborn pride lead him even at a young age to challenge what may have seemed beyond his reach for glory Later on Beowulf hearing the horrific tales of the monster Grendel that had been reeking havoc at Heorot abruptly left his homeland to prove his gallantry The wiser sought to dissuade him from voyaging hardly or not at all but the strong-headed Beowulf refused to listen to reasonUnlike Beowulf Parzival was actually hidden from all opportunities of adventure by his mother She fled to a place where she believed she could escape all traces of knighthood which she believed to be evil She was not successful though and as soon as Parzival laid
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