Really enjoyed this article by Christian Madera on 'black and white fantasy, grey fantasy and in particular, Aragon, Tolkien and the Mythic Hero' over at Mythic Scribes where Madera explains:
In the heroic myth, we get an idealized hero. This person is not meant to be understood as a relatable human being, but rather an example of someone being the best that a person can be at some thing. The story structure is usually like this: There’s a problem. Hero is really good at [thing] and thereby solves the problem. So (this part can be implicit or explicit based on authorial discretion), when you’re faced with a similar problem you should emulate the hero.
I think we can only understand Aragorn in Lord of The Rings as being an intentional invocation of this tradition by Tolkien.
Read the whole thing right here. I do find myself landing more on Madera's side of the b&w/grey divide when it comes to my fantasy - I really enjoy larger than life heroes.
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