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The Hero’s Journey- Thor (Disney/Marvel Studios)

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I have had trouble, dear readers, compiling more serial posts for the Hero’s Journey category this past year, so, I present you with something ready-made.

This presentation was done by a father and son team, for the son’s 5th grade English class.  The video segments are from the Disney/Marvel Studios motion picture THOR (based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name):

Please note that Cimmorene and I have some objections to how the Stages are laid out here.  What is here labeled “Reward” falls to The Ultimate Boon stage.  Indeed, this is what Christopher Vogler also calls “Seizing the Sword”.  I’m going to bet that the display of Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer) in rock was very intentional here, to evoke comparisons to Arthurian legends of the sword in the stone (which was not Excalibur originally, but fused with the Lady of the Lake’s gift in modern reinterpretations).  Resurrection/Transformation/Rebirth occurs here, and not at the scene of Thor destroying the Rainbow Bridge between Asgard and Midgard (Earth, or literally, “Middle-Earth”, which I assume was the inspiration of J.R.R. Tolkien).  The destruction of the Rainbow Bridge would be Crossing of the Return Threshold.  While peace is restored to Asgard and Earth, what is labeled Return with Elixir should be called Atonement with the Father, since it is apparent that not only did Mjölnir come to be wielded by someone worthy as Odin All-Father declared, but that Odin himself confirmed that Thor was worthy, and deserving of fatherly praise.

The Hero's Journey: The Abyss

For those comic book and folklore aficionados that care– Thor, as he was presented in Marvel Comics originally, was Donald Blake, a crippled doctor who knew nothing of his origin as Thor.  When the doctor learned of the legend and found the hammer, he spoke the name of Odin to become Thor, his cane becoming Mjölnir.  Later his memory was restored, and Thor learned that he became the mortal Donald Blake to learn humility.  This is not mentioned in the film; the name Donald Blake is instead said to be an ex-boyfriend of the movie’s romantic female character.  Also, in the original Norse tales, Loki is brother to Odin, and is therefore Thor’s uncle.


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Norrin Radd becomes the Silver Surfer: Death and Rebirth by Transformation

Since I’m still waiting to see about a permanent stimulator implant and I’m not sure how much wrestling I’ll do with pain until then, I’ll be reworking and reposting some series I’ve done earlier. This week I am reposting, reworking, and continuing the Silver Surfer and the Hero’s Journey series.

reborn

Norrin Radd dies…

...and The Silver Surfer is born.

…and The Silver Surfer is born.

HeroesjourneyRebirthTransformationNEXT POST IN THE SERIES: The Surfer Regains Humanity: Return to the Outer Journey

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Norrin Radd meets Galactus: The Inner Call to Adventure

The trial period for the spinal cord stimulator is over; the leads have been out for a little while now. Since I’m waiting to see about the permanent implant and I’m not sure how much wrestling I’ll do with pain until then, I’ll be reworking and reposting some series I’ve done earlier. This week I am reposting, reworking, and continuing the Silver Surfer and the Hero’s Journey series.

Who is The Silver Surfer?

We discover later he is Norrin Radd, a citizen of a world called Zenn-La.  Though this world is presented as a utopian ideal, there are hints of a decline.  Although his father had pushed him to pursue self-mastery in study and achievement to response to the hedonism of Zenn-Lavian society at the time, it was not enough for Norrin, who later delved deep into Zenn-La’s ancient and primal past to find challenge and struggle he could not find in his present society.

Enter Galactus, the World Devourer, who threatened to consume Zenn-La to satiate his hunger.  This is where the Inner Call to Adventure begins.  After convincing a Council of Scientists member to provide him with a spaceship, Norrin faced Galactus, and pled with him to spare his world.

Norrin Radd appeals to Galactus to spare Zenn-La

Norrin Radd appeals to Galactus to spare Zenn-La

Galactus imposed a condition, however, to grant Norrin’s request.  Norrin must agree to serve him, and find worlds uninhabited of life; for Galactus had no time to distinguish such worlds while feeding his hunger.  While Norrin quickly agreed, Galactus informs him that such an obligation is not temporary:

This job is eternal, man of Zenn-La.

This job is eternal, man of Zenn-La.

Thus we arrive to the Inner Threshhold as well.
HeroesjourneyKnown

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Sacrifices: Norrin Radd’s Threshhold

 

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A Hero’s Journey: Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer

The trial period for the spinal cord stimulator is over; the leads have been out for three days now. Since I’m waiting to see about the permanent implant and I’m not sure how much wrestling I’ll do with pain until then, I’ll be reworking and reposting some series I’ve done earlier. This week I am reposting, reworking, and continuing the Silver Surfer and the Hero’s Journey series.

He is sometimes called “Christ on a surfboard”, but I have yet to see many writings that tie this Jack Kirby comic book character to Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth.

Especially compelling is his origin story, which fairly quickly traces elements of the Hero’s Journey in his transformation from Norrin Radd to the Silver Surfer.

The Silver Surfer gazing on the world he dared to protect

But even in extended stories such as the Infinity Gauntlet (which is said to really be about the Surfer, despite affecting all characters in the Marvel universe at that time), there are still emphases of the Monomyth.

Both ideas will be explored in future posts. Previous articles from this blog will rise to the present again (some have already), to show that the current focus I have taken here has had seeds planted in musings of the distant past. Perhaps eventually I will show you, dear readers, of why I find the Silver Surfer such a personally compelling figure…

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: A Hero’s Journey: Summary of the Silver Surfer

 

 

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Norrin Radd meets Galactus: The Inner Call to Adventure

Who is The Silver Surfer?

We discover later he is Norrin Radd, a citizen of a world called Zenn-La.  Though this world is presented as a utopian ideal, there are hints of a decline.  Although Zenn-La society was long-lived, technologically advanced, and seemingly free of suffering, it was too much for his mother, and she took her life.  It was also to the undoing of his father, Jartran, as well, as he committed suicide after accusations of intellectual theft.

Although his father had pushed him to pursue self-mastery in study and achievement to response to the hedonism of Zenn-Lavian society at the time, it was not enough for Norrin, who later delved deep into Zenn-La’s ancient and primal past to find challenge and struggle he could not find in his present society.

Enter Galactus, the World Devourer, who threatened to consume Zenn-La to satiate his hunger.  This is where the Inner Call to Adventure begins.  After convincing a Council of Scientists member to provide him with a spaceship, Norrin faced Galactus, and pled with him to spare his world.

Norrin Radd appeals to Galactus to spare Zenn-La

Norrin Radd appeals to Galactus to spare Zenn-La

Galactus imposed a condition, however, to grant Norrin’s request.  Norrin must agree to serve him, and find worlds uninhabited of life; for Galactus had no time to distinguish such worlds while feeding his hunger.  While Norrin quickly agreed, Galactus informs him that such an obligation is not temporary:

This job is eternal, man of Zenn-La.

This job is eternal, man of Zenn-La.

Thus we arrive to the Inner Threshhold as well.
HeroesjourneyKnown

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Sacrifices: Norrin Radd’s Threshhold


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A Hero’s Journey: Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer

He is sometimes called “Christ on a surfboard”, but I have yet to see many writings that tie this Jack Kirby comic book character to Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth.

Especially compelling is his origin story, which fairly quickly traces elements of the Hero’s Journey in his transformation from Norrin Radd to the Silver Surfer.

The Silver Surfer gazing on the world he dared to protect

But even in extended stories such as the Infinity Gauntlet (which is said to really be about the Surfer, despite affecting all characters in the Marvel universe at that time), there are still emphases of the Monomyth.

Both ideas will be explored in future posts. Previous articles from this blog will rise to the present again (some have already), to show that the current focus I have taken here has had seeds planted in musings of the distant past. Perhaps eventually I will show you, dear readers, of why I find the Silver Surfer such a personally compelling figure…

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: A Hero’s Journey: Summary of the Silver Surfer