In the introduction of "Thor: Ragnarok" we are introduced to Thor locked up in chains and Surtur on a throne. Obviously Thor doesn't resist as he tries to get Surtur to spill the beans but eventually Thor defeats Surtur (too easily in my opinion) and returns to Asgard with his head/hat or something.
However near the conclusion of the film we see
Thor asks Loki to summon Surtur to destroy Asgard (the place not the people) and essentially destroy Hela
My question is, how did Surtur lose to Thor so easily whereas he defeated Hela a being physically stronger than Thor by himself and at the same time destroy Asgard with a few swings of his sword?
Did he lose to Thor intentionally because he knew it needed to happen for the prophecy to be fulfilled or was it just that the fire of Asgard made him stronger than he normally was?