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I have a question for you fantasy readers out there... who started the tradition that the hero of a fantasy quest adventure has to begin by having his home razed and/or burned and all his family killed? It wasn't Tolkien, who started quite a few fantasy traditions.

I ask because I've seen two movies and started a series recently that all began their hero's quest in that way (Eragon, Pathfinder, and The Legend of the Seeker). It's getting irritating. I mean, does a hero need to have no place else to go before he'll move his ass out on his quest?

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Good grief....

I never thought about it, but I think it happens in the first of Ursala Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy -- or at least the village is attacked.... (Been a while since I read that.) Can anyone date it back farther than that?