Trivia / Tales from Earthsea

  • Reality Subtext: One could make an argument that Arren's journey's echoes Goro Miyazaki's career. A son kills his beloved father the king for Oediptic reasons and takes his sword Only to find he is incapable of using it and unable to escape the shadows, until he fully accepts his own fears and weaknesses, after which he improves.
  • What Could Have Been: Hayao Miyazaki offered to adapt the book in the early '90s, but Ursula K. LeGuinn, not being familiar with his work, turned him down. By the time she watched his films and became convinced he could do justice to the book, he had retired and she had to settle for his son.