Monday, February 18, 2013
Children heroes are very common in the fairy world. In most culture to become a man the boy must go on quest to redeem his family, find love, or acquire prosperity for their kingdom. in the story of the Flower Queen's Daughter the prince must walk for four years before he even finds the princess. Along his long walk he is met by three wise men who tell him a direction and then they give him three tokens individually for when the prince needs aid. when the prince finally reaches the palace of dragons he ask for wealth. The three headed dragon queen agrees if he can watch her horse for three days. on the first day the horse runs away and the boy looks every where but cannot find the horse, so he rings the bell once and the king of the eagles appears and say my eagles with search the land. the eagles fly out and retrieve the horse. The prince brings the horse back to the queen and she rewards him with a cloak of bronze. the next day the horse runs away. the prince rings the bell two times and the king of the foxes appears. the fox king tell the price, " my foxes will search the forests." the foxes run out and search the woods and find the hiding horse and drive it back to the prince. at dust the prince return the horse to the stable and the dragon queen rewards the prince with a cloak of silver. on the third day the prince take the horse out to graze and again it disappears he looks, but again cannot find it. he ring the bell three time and the king of fish appears before him. the king of the fish gurgles, "my fish will search the lakes." The fish then swim out and find the horse in the lake swim it back to the prince. the prince now returns to the dragon queen and she rewards him with cloak of gold. Later that evening there is a ball and the prince tell the princes that he is there to rescue her. he tells her to wait until midnight and then sneak out to the stables. the prince and the princess then make there get away on the dragon queen's horse, but are pursued by the dragon queen's brothers. they make it safely to the flower queen's castle where she protect the prince and princess and agrees to wed her daughter to the prince, but he may only spend spring, summer and fall with her. during winter she must stay with the queen. the prince agrees and they live happily ever after. In the story of the pagan hero and the christian saint a prince is sent on a quest to save his kingdom. both of these stories they go on quest for their own personal development for the ability and build responsibly to one day rule their kingdoms. they earn this through the trails they endure and the means in which they accomplish the quest. one prince is driven by love and the other is driven by exile and trickery. At the end of the story the find out why the have done the quest. the flower queen's daughter was about true love and the christian saint is about defeating an evil step mother. the princes suffer from anxiety. the prince is liberated by stealing away the princess from the dragon queen and the other prince is liberated by returning home in time.
An article by: Nolan Dickerson