ur-hero

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ur- +‎ hero.

Noun[edit]

ur-hero (plural ur-heroes)

  1. An original or mythological hero.
    • 1992, Mohan Lal, Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Sasay to Zorgot - Page 3936:
      It has all been foretold, forelived, Tridib being, so to speak, the novel's ur-imagination, ur-hero, ur-narrator.
    • 2005, David Leeming, The Oxford Companion to World Mythology - Page 181:
      The hero myths we have, those available to us for comparison, are primarily from strongly patriarchal societies, and it is to the patriarchal ur-hero that emerges from these myths [...]