|Beorn the Proud.
By Madeleine Polland.
Beorn the Proud is a story of the clash of Christian and pagan cultures, as issultrated by a Viking boys
conversion by his Irish slave. In this story Beorn acts foolishly until his conversion at the end of the story. The
Vikings worshipped many Gods and made fun of Ness because she was a Christian and a slave. Mixed in with his
foolishness, Beorn saves Ness’ life more than once, despite the fact she was a Christian slave. This story is full of
happiness and sadness, war and peace and very interesting.
Beorn, the proud son of a Viking chief, displayed the typical pagan Viking personality.
Beorn liked war and death and sacrifices as all other Vikings did. He would mock Ness for her faith in Jesus
Christ until the end of the story. He believed in many gods including Thor, the greatest of their make-believe Gods.
He would also listen to the Viking counsel and longed to be part of them.
Ness, the daughter of an Irish chief, responded to the Viking actions as a well-educated Christian.
She would help Beorn and explain the catholic faith to him, with the help of another old Irish slave, Macha.
Whenever Beorn made fun of her she would try to ignore and explain, but usually she let her fierce temper that all
red heads have get the best of her. She would also pray for every one of the Vikings conversion and redemption.
All of her attempts showed their worth when all the Vikings were converted.
Beorn was influenced by the Christian values presented in Ness.
He would listen to her for hours in the kitchen listening to her for hours explaining her faith.
It encouraged Beorn at the end of the story to save her from wolves when he could have easily ran away and left
her to die. He even said he was sorry after he had took and made the Vikings life very miserable for a bit. He did
many more wise things with her help at the end of the story, especially converting himself and all of the Vikings.
The story of the proud Viking, Beorn, and the Irish girl, Ness, makes the reader aware of the important
differences in cultures and thinking between pagan and Christian cultures. It shows you how the early day pagans
would worship many Gods and by doing so put their souls in danger. It shows how much you can learn from your
mistakes and change a lot. Beorn was sorry for his mistakes and took control of the Vikings as their chief. I
imagine that Beorn was a very wise and humble ruler after He and Ness and the rest of the Vikings set sail to
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