See Featured Authors Answering Questions. Answered Questions 1. The 13th warrior? Is it based on this book? Adrian Johnson This was a brilliantly conceived and intelligent well-written book about what historical basis may have become the myth-saga of "Beowulf".
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The story is about a 10th-century Muslim Arab who travels with a group of Vikings to their settlement. Crichton explains in an appendix that the book was based on two sources. The first three chapters are a retelling of Ahmad ibn Fadlan 's personal account of his actual journey north and his experiences with and observations of Varangians.
The remainder is based upon the story of Beowulf. The novel is set in the 10th century. Ahmad ibn Fadlan never arrives, as he is conscripted by a group of Vikings to take part in a hero's quest to the north; he is taken along as the thirteenth member of their group to comply with a soothsayer's requirement for success. In the north, the group battles with the 'mist-monsters', or 'wendol', a tribe of vicious savages suggested by the narrator to have been possibly relict Neanderthals who go to battle wearing bear skins.
Eaters of the Dead is narrated as a scientific commentary on an old manuscript. The narrator describes the story as a composite of extant commentaries and translations of the original story teller's manuscript.
The narration makes several references to a possible change or mistranslation of the original story by later copiers. A sense of authenticity is supported by occasional explanatory footnotes with references to a mixture of factual and fictitious sources.
In the afterword, Crichton gives a few comments on the book's origin. A good friend of Crichton's was giving a lecture on the "Bores of Literature". Included in his lecture was an argument on Beowulf and why it was simply uninteresting. Crichton opined that the story was not a bore but was, in fact, a very interesting work.
The argument escalated until Crichton stated that he would prove to him that the story could be interesting if presented in the correct way. Lovecraft fame is quoted in the in-character bibliography. The critic from the New York Times called it "diverting but disappointing".
In , it was announced the movie version of the novel would be made by the newly formed Orion Pictures with Crichton as director.
Crichton did some uncredited directing for a reshoot after Disney fired McTiernan for various reasons, one of which was going far over budget. Antonio Banderas played Ibn Fadlan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Eaters of the Dead First edition cover. Dewey Decimal. Editor Subsequently, he set out on a mission to prove his point. New York: Ballentine. Y] 25 Apr Michael Crichton. Beyond Westworld ER — Westworld —present.
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