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Beowulf and Sir Gawain appear in the epic literature of the Anglo-Saxons Beowulf written by an unknown author was first recorded in the eighth century Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by the Pearl Poet in the thirteenth century Beowulf and Gawain are warriors yet they differ Beowulf and Gawain travel on quests for different reasons they carry out there quests in unique ways and Beowulf is always fearless while Gawain has weak moments Central to both stories is a quest Beowulf is from the land of the Geats he hears of a monster Grendel who is ravaging the meadhall of King Hrothgar Killing as often as he would coming alone bloodthirsty and horrible 80 Beowulf immediately takes a group of strong men across the sea to Hrothgars meadhall to end Grendels on going assault Sir Gawain is a knight of King Arthurs court One day a man dressed in green comes with a wager He challenges any knight there to agree to exchange one blow for anotherthe stranger says he will stand the first blow 158 To prevent King Arthur from accepting the challenge Gawain takes his place and chops off the head of the Green Knight He picks up his green head repeats his challenge and gallops off with the head in his arms 158 This leaves Gawain a year and a day until he would have to travel on a quest and locate the Green Knight to receive his blow Though both go on a quest there is a great difference Beowulfs quest has to do with his obligation to help a friend of his father who is in grave danger of Grendels pillaging of his meadhall thus he feels an obligation to end it In contrast Gawains quest rises from a magical wager that the Green Knight poses to King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table Gawain undertakes the quest to save the honor of
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