A literary connect.
Happy connecting, and have a nice life, folks!
Cracked almost unanimously, although ‘sibi’ got it right at the second go. Also, ‘Dijo’ did not get the ‘eaters of the dead’ part.
The connection is indeed Beowulf, the epic alliterative poem written by someone whom we have lost in the annals of history.
1: Angelina Jolie played the Grendel’s mother in the 2007 Robert Zemeckis film 'Beowulf’, based on the original poem.
2A: Michael Crichton wrote ‘Eaters of the Dead’ as part of a challenge with his friends, where he claimed that he could give a twist to Beowulf and make it his own. Indeed, he portrayed the Grendel as a lost and hitherto undiscovered chain of Neanderthals who still inhabited the Earth towards the end of first millennia AD, long after they had supposedly stopped to exist.
2B: Antonio Banderas was ‘The 13th Warrior’ in the film of the same name, inspired by Crichton’s novel, which was his own interpretation of Beowulf.
3: Christopher Lambert played ‘Beowulf’ in the 1999 film of the same name, which was a sci-fi interpretation of the poem.