‘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!
(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?
(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.
(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.
(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!