[Ursula K. Le Guin] The Other Wind

The Earthsea Cycle

  • Title: The Other Wind
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Published: 2001
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 978-0-547-72243-6

Farther west than west
beyond the land
my people are dancing
on the other wind

from the book

The other wind” is the 5th and the final chapter of the Earthsea Cycle. The central theme of the sage has been what is between the dead and the alive; the balance between two powers and the desire to cross from one to another. The solution is the harmony between powers.

The other wind” will remind you of the council of Elrond in “The lord of the rings.” Humans and dragons are crossing their boundaries. Both the dead and the alive want to cross the border. It is not a time for a single hero or a single power to dominate. All gather, and they need the connection between them. There will be a new contract, and the female characters play a key role in connecting the divided world.

But in the end, Ged became a simple (not efficient) farmer and goat herder, and Tenar is staying with him. Is the return to the simple life what we really want or the destiny of all mortals? We long for the home and want to end the story by returning to the first. This is our true fantasy.

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