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“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds.

There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

The Hero's Journey ~ The Road of Trials

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 1, 2015, 1:33 AM

"We'll never survive."

"Nonsense, you're only saying that because no one ever has."

- Wesley and Buttercup (when preparing to enter the Fire Swamp), "The Princess Bride"

Visit to dreams by Ebineyland

This is Stage Four in the Hero's Journey.  The earlier stages are here:

Stage One – The Call to Adventure

Stage Two – Refusal of the Call

Stage Three – The Helpers Arrive

Stage Four –  Crossing the Threshold

By the time we reach this stage, the hero has committed to the adventure. 
She is on the plane; she has accepted the new job; she is pregnant; she has said “Yes” to a big opportunity.
(Not all at once, obviously, but you get the idea?)
The die is cast, and the future lies in wait. 
Almost immediately,  the hero begins to face tests, trials and tribulations. 
The road ahead is not a smooth one.

Path or Obstacle? by Zxz328

For instance – you have been offered an internship in Venice. 
You arrive in the middle of the night, after 20 hours of travelling, and have to find your way to your hotel. 
In the dark winding alleyways of Venice you get lost, it starts to rain, and you realise your first year course in Italian has not given you enough tools to ask for – or follow – directions.
Weeping softly to yourself, you drag your suitcase along the labyrinth of cobblestones and bridges over darkly gleaming canals for what feels like a small eternity.
And you wonder why you ever thought you could do this.

Challenge by PauloCarrasco

Tests may include taking great personal risks, battling with monsters, solving puzzles and enduring varying extremes of discomfort. 
(Think about the Twelve Labours of Hercules, for example.  Or the number of levels you have to beat in any videogame.)
There may be a series of events or mini-adventures within the story or there may be deliberate tests, typically by a gatekeeper who will reward the hero either by giving them some magical artefact, or critical information, or otherwise helping the hero along the way.

Support by MartheMa

In stories and movies, the trials and tests steadily build tension and also develop the character of the hero. 
These tribulations are necessary to hone the hero’s skills, to test her strength, to build her confidence and her resilience and capacity to cope. 
She will need all of these, and more, later in the story.  

Flame-Thrower by rojoepeters

Whilst the surface tests may be physical, the actual test is often of the inner qualities the hero will need, including courage, integrity and humility. 
Some of the battles, therefore, are with the hero’s inner self – her own frailties and failings – and allow her to become more truly herself, more empowered, more able; stronger and wiser than she ever knew she could be.

What It Takes To Fly by yuumei

How do you meet your tests, trials, and tribulations? 
Weeping, railing against the fates, crawling under the duvet are all very tempting. 
A sense of humour helps. 
Stubbornness, determination, gritted teeth are useful too. 
Know this.  You will survive, for the ultimate arc of your story is not yet.
And when it comes, you will be ready.

Fight by Inominatus

 UP NEXT - In the Belly of the Whale

The Hero's Journey: Crossing the Threshold

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 29, 2015, 2:53 AM
In previous journal entries, I talked about  The Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call and The Hero's Journey: Helpers Arrive.

The Door by mrcool256

Next comes the crossing of the threshold - the stage where you take a decisive step that commits you to the adventure - to leaving the ordinary world, the status quo, and venturing into the unknown.

"If I take one more step, I'll be the farthest from home that I've ever been."

- Samwise Gamgee,  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This is a defining moment in the life of the hero, often the first active decision of responsibility and independence. This is stepping into a bold new world and is often a very scary act, going from the safety of home into an unpredictable and dangerous world, where the rules are different and the cost of failure is high. The Crossing usually requires - at the very least - a deep breath.  Often there is a moment of real fear and hesitation, and sometimes a swift kick in the rear from a Mentor is required.

This is the part of the story where the adventure truly begins. You pack your car and leave for the new job in a new city; you get on a plane for that gap year in Europe; you cross the threshold of a church to marry your true love. The main feature of this stage is that you leave behind some part of your old life - or an old version of yourself - to start something new or to become someone new. You are charting some form of new territory – physical, emotional or otherwise – and so you cross a Threshold marking the end of the old mode of being and the beginning of something new, exciting, and terrifyingly unpredictable.

Ancient Threshold by samburley


Portal by arsenixc


The Gate by Rowye

It's adventure time! by Tonyholmsten

travel by tarachand


I have to leave by Julie-de-Waroquier

Lightness of Being by Miguel-Santos

Crossing the Bridge by gilad

end by HenriqueFrazao       The Doorway by KateBloomfield

Before this ...

STAGE 1 OF THE HERO's JOURNEY -  The Call to Adventure
STAGE 2 OF THE HERO'S JOURNEY - Refusal of the Call
STAGE 3 OF THE HERO'S JOURNEY - The Helpers Arrive

Next up ...

STAGE 5 OF THE HERO'S JOURNEY - The Road of Trials


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