What do Aragorn, Danaerys Targaryen, and Dream of the Endless have in common?

In case you missed it, yesterday’s The Very Soil entry went up late.

They’re all relatively rare instances of heroic kings in an era when the everyman hero is far more common. Fascinating article on the typical folkloric king in the European tradition, and the ways in which these modern instances of the hero-king both do and do not conform to that tradition. Link below, and it’s definitely worth clicking through to the PDF of the full article, if only to see serious, scholarly work saying in effect, “Yeah, this is a hero on a journey, and Campbell’s bloody useless to understand it.”


The Wall in the North

Sorry about lateness, I just straight up forgot that I hadn’t already made and queued this post.

This is a post about one of the most awesome characters in all of animation, Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.


If Major General Armstrong commanded the North Wall of Westeros instead of Briggs, Game of Thrones would be a standalone book. Of about 200 pages.

Just saying.