Sunday, May 20, 2012

Your Favorite Mythical Hero?

Seeing as we have a thread for favorite Goddesses and Gods, I thought it only logical to extend the line of questioning to mythological heroes. There are a great many humans or Demigods in mythology that, although often awarded handsomely (sometimes with immortality) for their efforts in assisting the Gods, never rose to the status of Gods themselves.

My favorite mythological hero is Icarus; Daedalus' son who escaped the labyrinth on the island of Crete with wings made of feathers and wax. He was warned not to fly too high because the sun would melt the wax or too low because wet feathers wouldn't carry him. Yet Icarus, too caught up with the marvel of flying, did fly too high or too low and drowned.

Icarus reminds me that, although great risk comes with a leap of faith, it might just be worth it sometimes.

"...but most of all I love Icarus, who knew the wax would melt but still flew towards the sun."
-- 'Ik hou van Icarus' - Tjitske Jansen (translated from Dutch)

So who is your favorite mythological hero?

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