Thursday, 15 January 2015

Tough Travels: Messiahs

‘Tough Travelling’ is a weekly feature: every Thursday (hopefully!) I’ll be rummaging around in my memory to come up with various examples of commonly used fantasy tropes. Full credit goes to Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn for coming up with the idea: be sure to check out his blog!


  
This week’s topic is MESSIAHS.

If the world needs saving who are you going to call?  Perhaps there is someone out there destined to save everything?  It sounds like you need…a Messiah.

I've gone with the easy option this week, and have once again fallen back onto my usual safety net of using the same authors I always use. Sorry for being so predictable!


Frodo Baggins

(The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)

After inheriting the One Ring from his uncle Bilbo, Frodo demonstrates an astonishing resistance to its corrupting influence. The Council of Elrond determines that Frodo is therefore the only person qualified to carry the deadliest weapon ever created across thousands of miles of hostile territory right into the heart of the enemy, despite his small stature, insular world experience and complete absence of weapons training. But he used to go on long walks with Bilbo when he was a kid, so hey, I guess that makes him perfect for the job. Right? Right?



Harry Potter

(The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

Ever since Voldemort murdered his parents and then attempted to kill him, Harry Potter has been destined to keep facing his nemesis until he is defeated. Due to a mysterious magical connection forged during his attempted murder, Harry is the only wizard capable of locating Voldemort’s weaknesses and ultimately saving the wizarding world. There’s a prophecy and everything.



Kip Guile

(The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks)

A crazy rainbow tyrant is terrorising the land and threatening to destroy much of the known order. In this troubled time, people are turning in desperation to an ancient prophecy about a ‘chosen one’ with the power to slay gods and kings. Meanwhile, Kip is a clumsy bastard-born boy who one day discovers that he has inherited awesome magic. Is Kip the Lightbringer? Probably. He certainly fits the bill.



Jardir/Arlen

(The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett)

World infested with demons? Check. Said demons seemingly immune to all kinds of weapons? Check. Boy from a humble background embarking on an adventure to become the only one capable of saving mankind from this threat of extinction? Check. The Demon Cycle has it all, only here the twist is that there is not one messiah, but two, and a large portion of the story’s conflict arises from differing beliefs over who is the true Deliverer of humanity.



That's it for this week! Join us again next week for the topic of PETS, and be sure to check out the Tough Travelling tab above for links to my previous posts and fellow travellers!

12 comments:

  1. Kip! I thought of him while making my list, but decided to play it safe. Love the picks! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'll look a bit daft if the new book comes out and the Lightbringer turns out to be Grinwoody or someone just as daft, won't I? :D

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  2. I also had Brett and Rowling. I should have put LoTR but didn't - major fail!!! Still not read the Brent Weeks books but I do have them - and I WILL read them eventually!
    Lynn:D

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    1. Oh, they're well worth a read, and the Lightbringer series is much better than his Night Angel trilogy. :)

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  3. Dueling Messiahs! That sounds pretty interesting! I have not read anything by Brent Weeks and Peter Brett and really need to fix that. The two books/series listed here sound very interesting!

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    1. I would certainly recommend both series mentioned above. The first two books by Peter V. Brett are just awesome. :)

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  4. Oh ya, Frodo is kinda an unsung savior isn't he? That works.

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    1. He sort of becomes the messiah AFTER he's saved the world, if such a thing is possible. He was the first person who came to mind, anyway - even before I thought of Potter.

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  5. I think I got lazy this week! I found my five books right away and I didn't dig harder - because now I'm ashamed I didn't think of Jardir/Arlen when it seems like everyone else did :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Two messiahs in one series, Mogsy - how could you forget?? ;) Your list was awesome regardless - you and Wendy always seem to manage great variety, whereas I just seem to mention the same authors week after week!

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  6. Frodo is a great choice :) And you're right, nobody in their right mind would choose a hobbit for that kind of a mission. But I guess the purity of heart matters the most!

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    1. Of course! But I still think Gandalf should be brought to task for reckless endangerment, saviour of the world or not. ;)

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