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Old 09 March 2008, 11:33 PM
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I used to argue that Tolkien was the King of the Matricides. Most of his characters in Lord of the Rings have dead mamas - including the elves.

But Artemis is right: the motherless hero is an old, old European storybook convention. The apron strings have to be cut before the protagonist can go out adventuring.
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