“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.” – C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
This week I’m sharing five of my favorite fictional heroes. It’s by no means an exhaustive list. 😉
The Loyal Friend
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Sam’s not a great fighter. He’s not exceptionally bright or gifted. He’s actually the perfect Hobbit. He’s a lover of good food, things that grow, and cheery fires at home. His goal in the Lord of the Rings isn’t to save the world or even to make a name for himself. All he wants to do is help his good friend Frodo and save the Shire.
“His love for Frodo rose above all other thoughts, and forgetting his peril he cried aloud: ‘I’m coming Mr. Frodo!” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Sam’s loyalty and love for Frodo are so great that even when Frodo betrays him because of the ring, he still sticks by his side. To the very end of the book he doesn’t think much about his own part in all the events that have transpired.
“But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, and set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap.
He drew a deep breath. ‘Well, I’m back,’ he said” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
The Jaded Warrior
“But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?” – J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Even though she’s a princess, Éowyn hasn’t lived an easy life. She lives in turbulent times. Her parents are dead, her brother’s busy, and the uncle she should have been able to rely on is under the thumb of a small, twisted man named Wormtongue. She’s strong and usually resilient but life isn’t what she thought it would be. She’s lost sight of hope and even been rejected by the one man she thought she could stand side by side with.
A sword rang as it was drawn. “Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.”
“Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”
Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. “But no living man am I!”
– J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
By the end of Return of the King, Éowyn‘s lost her cousin, her uncle, and her desire to stand side by side with King Aragorn but she’s also found something. By the end of Return of the King, Éowyn’s found hope and hope has given her restless spirit peace.
“I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.”
– J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
The Second Prince of Clarines
“People say red is the color of fate, right? Now you may think that it’s only troublesome, but it may connect you with something unexpectedly good.” —Zen
Life should be pretty easy for a prince, right?
How could life be hard when the world’s at your fingertips? Zen, a fun loving and adventurous spirit, has had more than his fair share of hardships and difficult life experiences. He’s been betrayed by friends, found himself somewhat distant from his older brother, the future king, and found himself lonely. He fills the void by sneaking out and playing hooky. Things change when he meets Shirayuki, a young, hardworking herbalist. Through their relationship, he’s inspired to work harder at his responsibilities and finds his own purpose as the second prince of Clarines.
Orphan and Protector
Better try something than to simply wait for death. – Mikasa Ackerman
Mikasa has lived her life behind walls that were supposed to protect mankind but those walls didn’t protect her family from being killed when she was a child.She was rescued by a young boy named Eren Yeager and taken in as a part of his family.
Eren… thank you for staying with me until the end… thank you… thank you for wrapping this scarf around me. – Mikasa Ackerman
Years later, when the walls are broken through by the Titans, Mikasa vows to protect what’s left of her family. She fulfills this vow by staying by Eren’s side even when he joins the Survey Corps, the most dangerous branch of their military.
He’s family… I don’t want to lose what little family I have left.- Mikasa Ackerman
In the Survey Corps Mikasa finds herself at the top of her unit. She’ll do anything and everything it takes to protect her family and friends, even if it costs her her life.
You don’t stand a single chance to win, unless you fight. – Mikasa Ackerman
Traitor turned Prince
“But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.” – C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
Edmund Pevensie has always felt like he’s lived in the shadow of his older brother, Peter. When he’s transported to the magical land of Narnia and meets the Queen, who promises him the world, he thinks he’s finally found his chance to rise above his siblings.
By the time he realizes that the Queen plans on using him to betray his siblings and the country of Narnia, it’s too late. He no longer cares. Edmund continues on with the Queen’s plan but in doing so finds that he has been betrayed as well. The price of his rebellion is death, his death.
“You have a traitor there, Aslan,” said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he’d been through and after the talk he’d had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn’t seem to matter what the Witch said. – C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
Aslan, the great Lion, saves his life by giving his own. It’s this exchange that changes Edmund’s life and turns him from a traitor to a true prince of Narnia.
“But who is Aslan? Do you know him?”
“Well-he knows me,” said Edmund. “He is the great Lion, the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, who saved me and saved Narnia.” – C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
Next week I’ll be sharing five of my favorite antiheroes.
Who’s your favorite hero?