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The Hero's Journey








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"...We shouldn't be here at all, if we'd known more about it before we started.  But I suppose it's often that way.  The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures , as I used to call them.  I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say.  But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in mind.  Folk just seem to have just been landed in them, usually--their paths were laid that way, as you put it.  But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't.  And if they had. we wouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten.  We hear about those as just went on--not all to a good end mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end.  You know, coming home, and finding things all right, though not quite the same...But those aren't always the best tales to hear, though they may be the best tales to get landed in!  I wonder what sort of a tale we've fallen into?"

- Samwise Gamgee to Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

by J.R.R. Tolkien

NOTE:  These pages are legacy pages from my original older website.  I am leaving them up here because many people have linked to these.   


Why I went to the trouble of making these pages.


There are various tools and methods for analyzing stories, here are comparisons between, Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces,  Vogler's The Writer's Journey, and the Dramatica system created by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley.

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Travel along the Monomyth model through the different stages of Hero's JourneyBe Advised: includes examples and copious amounts of opinion, you are free and encouraged to use your own mind and agree or disagree.  There are also some SPOILERS used as examples if you have not seen SW:ANH, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, Aliens, Ghostbusters..and some others. Also these pages are a different format and use frames (Best viewed at 1024x768 resolution).  

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