In so many of our human stories, there is a wasteland. It’s required for the hero, or heroes to travel across this space, at significant personal cost themselves, as a process of growth. It will enable them to defeat a much greater enemy on the other side. These tales can be related to one of the oldest, the parable of Jesus in the wilderness. He is tempted by the devil, who he successfully resists, to emerge a better leader and give him the strength to be all that he can be. Even this is said to be a version of an even older tale, the epic of Gilgamesh.
The wastelands in these tales have gone beyond the stage where even a skilled set of Remediation Contractors from soilfix.co.uk/services/groundwater-soil-remediation-services cannot help. Here are some of the most famous.
- Mordor. Tolkien’s wasteland sees Frodo and Sam make their way across the ashen desert to the constantly erupting Mount Doom. Here they will throw the ring of power into its fiery depths.
- The Bog of eternal stench. One of the most unpleasant parts of the film Labyrinth. It’s said that if you should set one foot in any part of it, you’ll never get rid of the smell. Sarah must make her way across to rescue her brother Toby.
- TS Elliot’s The Wasteland. His magnum opus. Set across several chapters and stanzas, Elliot lays out his very soul to the reader and takes them on a journey.
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