|Was any of this cliché in 1977?|
- The Farm Boy with a Secret – Think Garion from David Eddings’ The Belgariad, Rand from Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World, Shae Ohmsford from Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara, Eragon from Christopher Paolini’s novel bearing the same name, and even Luke Skywalker (yes, Star Wars was fantasy in my view, not SciFi). For a while it seemed like any young protagonist who grew up on a farm was a child of prophecy, the son of a wizard, or something akin to a Jedi knight.
- The Wise Wizard – This one goes back to Merlin, and maybe well before him. Since then we’ve had Tolkien’s Gandalf, Brooks’ Allanon, Eddings’ Belgarath, Paolini’s Brom, Lucas’ Obi-wan Kenobi, and many others. It seemed like every old guy was a wizard!
- Orcs! – Or maybe Trollocs, Goblins, Mord Wraiths, Urgals, Sand People – we’ve seen their kind before!
- The Magic Weapon – Think Excalibur, Narsil, Stormbringer, the Sword of Shannara. Everyone in fantasy fiction had a magic sword.
- The Overwhelming Ancient Evil – or his twin, The Evil Sorcerer. This is Sauron, Lord Foul, the Warlock Lord, Torak, Galbatorix, Emperor Palpatine, and even Morgan le Fay (in some versions of the Arthurian Myth). These guys or gals are bad, and we know it!