The epic poem "Beowulf" follows the titular hero on his quest as he saves King Hrothgar's mead hall from the beast Grendel, defeats Grendel's mother, reigns as king and eventually dies gloriously in battle with a dragon.... More »

Like "Beowulf," the action film "The 13th Warrior" attempts to convey a sense of excitement and heroism to its story, while allowing Beowulf to remain a larger-than-life figure. Michael Crichton's novel "Eaters of the De... More »

"Outlander" is a 2008 science fiction film about an alien spaceship crashing into Viking territory during the Iron Age, set in Herot, Norway during A.D. 709. In the movie, the Vikings capture Kainan, the pilot of the cra... More » Art & Literature

In the poem "Beowulf," Grendel's mother is described as a female monster and sea hag. She generally lacks humanity, but she does seek revenge for her son's death, which can be viewed as a distinctly human quality. More »

In a famous English epic poem, Beowulf defeats Grendel by waiting for him in the great hall of King Hrothgar, grappling with him, and using his great strength to rip one of Grendel's arms and shoulders from his body. Gre... More »

An example of comitatus in the story "Beowulf" is Beowulf's sworn allegiance to King Hrothgar that he will defend the Hall of Heorot against the monster Grendel. Beowulf lives by his oath and faithfully keeps it by slayi... More »

Beowulf is a poem written by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 700 A.D., and it follows the story of a warrior named Beowulf who travels to Denmark with a small group of men to fight a "demon" named Grendel. Grendel att... More »