What's the difference between the film version of Beowulf and the epic poem?

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I am assuming that you are referring to the 2007 release of Beowulf directed by Robert Zemeckis. Therefore, my answer will be based upon this production.

There are many differences between the Beowulf movie and the epic text.

1. The epic text is written from a Christian perspective. The importance of Christianity is seen throughout the text. First, Hrothgar builds Heorot because he wishes to give glory to God:

It came to his mind to order his men to build a hall, a master mead-house far mightier than any seen by the sons of earth, and therein would he bestow to young and old all that the Lord should give him, save people's land and the lives of men.

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They have a dragon in the movie.

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The movie has things not explained in the book, for example, Grendel's mother is described as a monster in the poem, in the movie she is a beauty that performs miracles. In the poem Grendel lives with his mother and they have an affair, in the movie, Grendel's mother wants Beowulf to come back to her.

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