Beowulf and Thorstein

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Morgan Messenger October 12, 2007 ENGL 2220 Dr. Matthews Beowulf and Thorstein the Staff-Struck The stories of Beowulf and Thorstein the Staff-Struck both display various characteristics of the Norse culture. Specifically, the stories of Beowulf and Thorstein the Staff-Struck employ the idea of a warrior and hero and a blood debt. The two stories are alike because they both include a warrior-hero type. In Beowulf, the character for which the story is named is both a warrior and a hero. “From their arms and appointment, they appear well born and worthy of respect, especially the one [Beowulf] who has led them this far: he is formidable indeed.” (1640) Beowulf came to the rescue when Hrothgar and his people needed to get rid of the demon Grendel. Likewise, in Thorstein the Staff-Struck, Bjarni is a warrior and a hero. “Anybody who offends a more powerful man in his own district can hardly expect to wear out many more new shirts. In my opinion, your offenses are so serious, I can’t find any excuse for you. So you’d better take your weapons and defend yourself
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