Erraticus Complexus Apr 27, 2014 9:31:19 GMT
Post by maddogfagin on Apr 27, 2014 9:31:19 GMT
The Lone Stranger/Wandering Man is both historical and modern. The Wandering Jew is a great example from biblical times.
The Wandering Jew is a figure whose legend began to spread in Europe in the 13th century.
The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as do aspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a shoemaker or other tradesman, while sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate.
In the 20th and 21st centuries you have the Wandering Man as the character played by Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns - The Man With No Name, Eli in The Book Of Eli, and the 1954 novel I Am Legend by the American writer Richard Matheson which spawned, amongst others, the film The Omega Man with Charlton Heston.
The "the wonky pronged pitchfork" can be seen as either a "badge of office" - the Archbishop of Canterbury has a staff which refers back to a shepherds crook - or as an all purpose "tool of the trade" used for hunting, fishing etc. In "westerns" you often see the lone hero with a rifle - surely an update of the staff/spear motif.