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Gods, Heroes, & KingsThe Battle for Mythic Britain$
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Christopher R. Fee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174038.001.0001

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Heroes ānd Heroines

Heroes ānd Heroines

(p.117) 4 Heroes ānd Heroines
Gods, Heroes, & Kings

Christopher R. Fee

David A. Leeming

Oxford University Press

The archetypal hero pattern, or “monomyth,” is made up of a series of familiar elements that are associated with the lives of particular heroes—each of whom experiences at least several of these elements. In the British Isles of the Celtic and Germanic peoples, ample expression of the hero myth can be found, sometimes in early “pagan” masks and sometimes in later masks transformed to greater or lesser extent by Christian storytellers. This chapter discusses various mythological heroes and heroines and provides some narratives that describe their conception and birth, journeys, quests, battles, and rebirth.

Keywords:   monomyth, heroes, hero myth, pagan masks, heroines, journeys, quests, battles, rebirth

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