Complex Heroes

Roger Colby synthesizes J. R. R. Tolkien’s 5 tips for creating complex heroes, based on the writer’s letters:

  1. Complex heroes must suffer.
  2. Complex heroes are rewarded for their suffering.
  3. Complex heroes fail.
  4. Complex heroes have fatal flaws.
  5. Complex heroes are ordinary people.”

Pair with Tolkien’s little-known original drawings for the first edition of The Hobbit.

# literature # heroism

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