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Beowulf (2007) Poster

(2007)

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Grendel and his mother speak Old English. Even though it is the language of the original Beowulf poem, it is not the language spoken in the time and area where the action takes place (East Old Norse is more probable). However, it is "substituting" for Old Norse just as modern English is "substituting" for the Danes' language.

Anachronisms 

By the time Beowulf is said to occur according to the movie, Denmark would not have converted to Christianity; conversion only happened under the reign of Harald Bluetooth (935-986AD) about 400 years later.
In the movie you will see a black rat, but the black rat first appeared in Denmark in the 12th century.
"Bards sing of Hrothgar's shame from the frozen north to the shores of Vinland." Vinland wasn't known until about the year 1000AD.

Character error 

When Hrothgar stands with Beowulf and discusses where he got the horn, he makes it sound as if he killed Fafnir the dragon. According to the Viking sagas (Völsunga saga) it was Sigurd (Fafnesbane) who slew the dragon Fafnir, not Hrothgar from the Beowulf epic.

Factual errors 

In the end when Wiglaf is going into the water, the waves break in a pattern that is only present in very shallow water (1-10 cm), but he is in to his waist.
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Convex mirrors present a smaller reflection than a flat surface, but when the old Beowulf tells the queen he must fight, there is a well polished shield hanging on the wall reflecting as a flat surface, although it is slightly curved.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Though there are no mountains in Denmark (the highest point in modern Denmark being 147 meters) in the age of the vikings Norway was also regarded as Denmark, and Norway has many mountains.

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