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A Heroic Epic
is a major part of a mythology. Unlike religious myths, which tell about gods and creation of the world, the heroic epic is noticeably more down-to-earth; its heroes are larger-than-life mortals rather than gods and spirits (those are likely to enter the story as supporting characters in roles like Big Good
, mentor or quest-giver), and there are indeed heroic epics based on Christianity rather than old pagan faiths, such as the British Arthurian cycle and the Russian Byliny
. Heroic epics are written later than myths, and are more likely to form a consistent narrative rather than a loose bundle of tales. The heroic epic is one of the oldest precursors of the Fantasy genre, and of course is Older Than Dirt
. It's usually composed as epic poetry
- a poetic narrative belonging to an oral tradition.
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