Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

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So, people are trying to bring Beowulf back to the screen again, this time as a TV mini-series. The first episode is supposed to air in early January, though I have, uh... heard that it has been leaked already. :rolleyes:

Comments will follow soon. Take a look at this article - what I found most interesting about it is the following quote:
“I don’t think any Beowulf academic is going to relate to this. No doubt they’ll say they hate it... but the original poem is filled with monsters and we are recreating them.”

And let me tell you: I have a bad feeling about this.
 

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I don't get what the attraction is for Beowulf anymore than I do with Gilgamesh.

Two totally absurd epic poems that don't translate well to modern times... even with lots of monsters.
 

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is this the show on Esquire (I think that's the channel I saw it on). if so, I have the first episode set to record. looked interesting
 
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It's really super shitty. So shitty I don't even know where to begin.
Well, first of all, it has nothing to do with Beowulf apart from three character names - Beowulf, Hrothgar, and Breca. Hrothgar's wife was renamed from Wealhtheow to Rheda, and instead of king or queen, they are called thanes (OE thegn), which makes no sense at all. Heorot (the mead-hall) looks more like an ugly elven temple than an actual mead-hall (there isn't even much space for big feasts, wtf), and wtf is up with this guy:

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And that guy:

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What the hell. What the hell, man. This guy is supposed to be one of Hrothgar's sons, and what's his name? Could only be Hrethric or Hrothmund, of course. Wrong. This guy's called Slean. Slean.

For me as an Anglo-Saxonist, that show is plain insulting.
 

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It's really super shitty. So shitty I don't even know where to begin.
Well, first of all, it has nothing to do with Beowulf apart from three character names - Beowulf, Hrothgar, and Breca. Hrothgar's wife was renamed from Wealhtheow to Rheda, and instead of king or queen, they are called thanes (OE thegn), which makes no sense at all. Heorot (the mead-hall) looks more like an ugly elven temple than an actual mead-hall (there isn't even much space for big feasts, wtf), and wtf is up with this guy:

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And that guy:

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What the hell. What the hell, man. This guy is supposed to be one of Hrothgar's sons, and what's his name? Could only be Hrethric or Hrothmund, of course. Wrong. This guy's called Slean. Slean.

For me as an Anglo-Saxonist, that show is plain insulting.


You'd be better off reading Michael Crichton's book, Eater's of the Dead... which is a reimagining of the Beowulf tale, and is actually sort of clever. Also, the movie The 13th Warrior which is based on the book, though not very good... appears to be much better than the made for tv version you're watching.
 
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I actually liked The 13th Warrior, but haven't read the Crichton book yet. It's only loosely based on Beowulf, but I still thought its plot was cleverly mixed with Ahmad ibn Fadlan's accounts.
 

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It's really super shitty. So shitty I don't even know where to begin.

That has made me laugth a lot.

I am was not interested in watching this at the begining of the thread, and I am not interested in watching it now.

Testosteroneless heroes are becoming a trend. I find that very sad. Cool handsome boys are nice to have around, but for waging war against monsters and demons, you need a big bearded hairy man with an axe as big as himself.
 

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^just look at what they did to the appearance of the dwarves in the Hobbit movie. I think two of them actually looked like dwarves in that universe are supposed to look like.
 

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^just look at what they did to the appearance of the dwarves in the Hobbit movie. I think two of them actually looked like dwarves in that universe are supposed to look like.

I think we have already talked about this in this forum, but there are lots of unbeliveable heroes out there.

Take that guy in the Eragon film, for example. You wouldn't think that dude is able to lift a sword, less wield it. He lacks the muscle mass and the killer instinct. Conan and Rambo had them, this one doesn't.

I get that many authors want to show a character rise from zero to hero, but there are proper ways to do it, and then the ones that don't work. And classes of hero the character can be and cannot. For example, if your characters are young and have zero battlefield experience, you cannot have that Narnia non-sense of children commanding armies and chopping heads with swords. What you can have is roge-like heroes playing their wits against the evil, such as Willow. And yes, Willow is an example on how to take a character from hero to somethin in the right way.
 

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What about Supergirl? A female with heroic powers! Yeah right. They really dropped the ball there.

My major gripe with Beowulf was the forced diversity and forced equality. Is this supposed to be based on Earth or not? I seriously can't get over that Indian blacksmith. Damn.
 
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