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Susan of DT Folklore: False Foodrage(89) and the hero formula (5) RE: Folklore: False Foodrage(89) and the hero formula 04 Aug 13


It is interesting that most of these "characteristics of the hero story" are about who the hero is and not what he does. King Honor's son does very little in the ballad. He is born, grows up off stage, revenges his father and gets married. Killing Foodrage is his only heroic action. His mother is more heroic - surviving, getting the guards drunk, switching the babies, and designing the code to talk about them.

I would not call this a "shorter ballad". It is 35 verses in Child and 24 as Brian Peters (and I) sing it.


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