William Arnold of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes, "The film's near-fatal flaw is its dialogue, which had to be invented wholesale from the Old English text. It alternates between sounding stagy and anachronistically hip – with more overuse of the F-word than any two Samuel L. Jackson movies. It's a big mistake." Nevertheless, Arnold eventually recommends the film for "keeping its strain of rowdiness and violence in control, and lending the tale the kind of somber respect filmmakers tend to give adaptations of Shakespeare and Dickens ." 
Lyminge was transformed by its Christian monastic settlement, which brought about changes in lifestyle, identity, and behavior of the local population. Recent excavations have revealed a large granary and an industrial-sized ironworking facility that attest to the growth of Lyminge’s economy. The presence of fish bones and other marine evidence shows that the monastic community was connected to broader trade networks and was capable of exploiting coastal resources. This also indicates the impact that Christianity had on diet, as fish became a much more significant staple in the eighth and ninth centuries.
Beowulf is an Old-English epic poem telling the tale of the Scandinavian hero, Beowulf and his battles with monstrous creatures such as the savage Grendel. While the tale of Beowulf is set in Scandinavia the epic poem was written in England somewhere between the 8th and 11th centuries. Unfortunately, any details about its original author are a mystery. Many scholars believe that due to the themes of the poem it is most likely that it was penned sometime during the 8th century as the tale refers to Anglo-Saxon Paganism and makes no reference to modern Christianity.