Mother-less Heroes

Author: Douglas Charles Rapier

Nominator: elanor_of_aquitania

2005 Award Category: Genres: Non-Fiction

Story Type: Non-Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: An examination of the significance of the commonality of Tolkien’s ‘Mother-less Heroes’ with regard to Tolkien's personal experiences. Tolkien's mother-less heros: Frodo, Aragorn, Arwen, Elrohir, Elladan, Boromir, Faramir, Feanor.

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Reviewed by: elanor_of_aquitania  ✧  Score: 7

This is a fine example of an essay. Looking at the stories and gleaning commonalities, here the fact that so many of Tolkien's protagonists lost their mother early in their life is pesented. Rapier connects this convincingly to Tolkien's own history. Though I am certainly not a follower of Campbell and his hero-conceptions certainly some of his observations are used well if a bit one sided by Rapier: "Tolkien’s heroes and heroines begin their mythological journey from the social fringe, disassociated from the community". Though I do not agree fully with this statement I like this essay for pointing at the fact of so many fully or partly orphaned heros which surely were all deeply wounded in their childhood which makes them vulnerable to bear lasting sorrows. For me that is the higher appeal of the orphaned heros: a sorrowfull hero is often a more compassionate hero.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 2

This brief essay is a good starting point for a discussion of how Tolkien's writing matches up to the heroic tales of folklore. But you missed Sam!