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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.

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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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Sacrifices: Norrin Radd’s Threshhold

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.

The Call to Adventure is not without sacrifice.

So it was too, with Norrin Radd.

Not only would he say goodbye to his world, but to the love of his life, Shalla-Bal.

Furthermore, as “herald”, it is possible that not all life can be spared, as Galactus declares:

When hunger truly strikes, I will not hesitate to feed.

When hunger truly strikes, I will not hesitate to feed.

HeroesjourneyFullThreshold
This is the crossing of the Inner Threshhold, and also the Ordeal. Such Temptations and Challenges, so to speak, will turn up later again in the story of the Silver Surfer.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Norrin Radd becomes the Silver Surfer: Death and Rebirth by Transformation

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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: Summary of the Silver Surfer

The trial period for the spinal cord stimulator is over; the leads have been out for four 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.

WatchMojo has a wonderful summary on the origins of the Silver Surfer. Please watch, dear readers, as I think it will make understanding my further commentaries easier.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Norrin Radd meets Galactus: The Inner Call to Adventure

 

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Further into the transformation (Zero to Hero Day 8)

The assignment for Day 8 is to create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have.

This was no small feat!

First, I decided to hide all but one of the existing Pages I had written.

Two were about other blogs I work on.  I think promoting them will be covered better in a later challenge: Day Thirteen: Build a (Better) Blogroll.

One was about the last blogging platform I wrote at, and another blog that I contribute to for other bloggers that used that blogging platform, too.

The other three were all about this blog here, so it made sense to unite them into one: About the tao of jaklumen and the Hero’s Journey.  That page wasn’t easy to write– I decided to put up links to categories of blog posts I was especially pleased with.  But WordPress starts the Categories page with the newest post, ending with the oldest– and for categories having to do with the Hero’s Journey, it would be like reading a story backwards.

So for the Equilibrium and Silver Surfer categories, I had to sort through every post and include a link at the bottom indicating which post was next in the series.

I also used an image and a text link to each category.  It was hard to line up each image to each text link correctly.

It’s finally done… for now.  I had to revise things over 25 times.  I hope it’s worth it!  The Silver Surfer series will have some additions to it, but I need to get a copy of the Infinity Gauntlet graphic novel first.

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Sacrifices: Norrin Radd’s Threshhold

The Call to Adventure is not without sacrifice.

So it was too, with Norrin Radd.

Not only would he say goodbye to his world, but to the love of his life, Shalla-Bal.

Furthermore, as “herald”, it is possible that not all life can be spared, as Galactus declares:

When hunger truly strikes, I will not hesitate to feed.

When hunger truly strikes, I will not hesitate to feed.

HeroesjourneyFullThreshold
This is the crossing of the Inner Threshhold, and also the Ordeal. Such Temptations and Challenges, so to speak, will turn up later again in the story of the Silver Surfer.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Norrin Radd becomes the Silver Surfer: Death and Rebirth by Transformation


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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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The FF4 meet the Silver Surfer: The Outer Call to Adventure

What I think is especially compelling about the story of the Silver Surfer is that it is presented in layers.  He was introduced in Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four title, issue 48: “The Coming of Galactus!”

The Call to Adventure

The Call to Adventure

The Call To Adventure is not for the Silver Surfer, but is externalized to the Fantastic Four.  (The internal call will be explained in the Surfer’s origin story, where Norrin Radd becomes The Hero by way of Galactus.)  They are squarely in the realm of the Known, while the Surfer is an Unknown.

The Silver Surfer sends Galactus a signal from Earth

The threat, as is discovered later, is Earth’s impending destruction, to feed the hunger of a cosmic being called Galactus.

Galactus arrives on Earth

A Hero’s Journey: Summary of the Silver Surfer

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WatchMojo has a wonderful summary on the origins of the Silver Surfer. Please watch, dear readers, as I think it will make understanding my further commentaries easier.

NEXT POST IN THE SERIES: Norrin Radd meets Galactus: The Inner Call to Adventure