Q is for Quite the Quest | #AtoZChallenge

A quest is a heroic journey–often a dangerous mission–undertaken by a protagonist in order to achieve a goal or complete an important task.

The term comes from the medieval Latin questa, meaning “search” or “journey.”

Frodo: Lord of the Rings. GIF by giphy.com.

Quests are the foremost element of the epic. They were popular in medieval stories (e.g., King Arthur’s knights and the quest for the Holy Grail), folklore, and Greek and Roman mythology. Quests have been popular since the earliest English literature and continue to play an important role in fiction today. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is quite the quest. Frodo didn’t quit the quest.

(Source: Quest, Literary Terms, literaryterms.net.)

CALYPSO — John Denver

See also: M is for Moving Along with Motifs — And More (Journey Motif, Hero’s Journey)

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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11 Responses to Q is for Quite the Quest | #AtoZChallenge

  1. LOTR is one my favorites!

    Quest it is! 🙂

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  3. clicksclan says:

    I’m a big fan of Lord of the Rings. I’m due a reread soon. And it’s such a big book that reading it is sort of a quest on its own!

    Cait @ Click’s Clan

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  4. What makes LOTR such a special quest story is that it is the quest to LOSE something (destroy it) rather than to find something, like the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend, for example.
    http://laurelgarver.blogspot.com/2017/04/q-questioning.html

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