Owing to the demands of my first semester in fourth year Illustration, many of you have surely taken notice of my online disappearance and deficiency of creative output...But, I have triumphantly returned to acquaint your eyes with the fruit of my toil
As part of my fourth year thesis proposal, I plan to create a Japanese fold accordion book that will feature at least 8-10 illustrations of sleeping warriors, complete with full-page descriptions of each character and their respected nations. The prominent King in the Mountain, King Under Mountain or Sleeping Hero motif is one of many in folklore and mythology which gives hope to the resurrection of beloved historical figures, usually of some military consequence, who will transcend time and space to secure their loyalties and act as guardian to the future nation. These legendary undead heros, often accompanied by armied retainers/legions, sleep in remote and covert dwellings which include caves, mountaintops, islands or mystical worlds. It is foretold that they will waken at the hour of their country's greatest need. Britain's King Arthur and Denmark's Holger Danske are among the more commonly known of these sleeping beauties.
I have compiled a list of potential candidates from various countries whose folklore tells of a sleeping hero. All details can be found on my blogspot. Feel free to comment on my progress with your suggestions!