Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Helen of Troy

I have been doing a lot of research for my next book.  I found it interesting how most historical accounts of the Trojan War, omit what happened to Helen in the end, also her birth is a bit murky.  There seems to be much controversy not only about who was her father, Zeus king of the gods or Tyndareus her mortal father.  But, her mother is also in question.  Is she the daughter of Zeus and Leda – wife of Tyndareus or is she sired by Tyndareus?  It is also believed that she is daughter of Nemesis- Goddess of Retribution and Zeus.  Either way, one thing is known for sure, she was the most beautiful woman on earth and kings and gods alike desired her.



One of the things I found disappointing was that most depictions of Helen show her as a blond, unlike the populous of the area, which is depicted in pottery and wall murals of the time, as being dark haired. 



For the purposes of my book Helen is a raven headed beauty and the mortal daughter of Leda and Tyndareus, with Zeus being more of a godfather type.  She is sadly the pawn of the gods and finds true love in the form of a half god named Paris.  The two are lovers for the next 3500 years due to the trickery of Aphrodite.


I love this depiction of Helen and Paris for its historical accuracy and simplicity.
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4 comments:

  1. C.G, have you seen the movie, Troy? Helen's played by Diane Kruger. She's blonde but IMO she does the best portrayal of Helen yet--smart, savvy, brave, strong, tender. She makes Helen's decision to elope with Paris believable.

    Your new story focuses on Helen or more on the relationship with Paris?

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  2. SJ, Helen and Paris are more of a back story for "Spell Checked". I revisited her story as it will relate to Aphrodite's plans to unite certain ruling houses on their planet. Paris is the main focus along with Helens last host.

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  3. I always wondered how history came to know Helen as a blond. I guess to a country full of dark haired people, a blond would be an exciting novelty...

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  4. Henna was widly used to color hair during that time period producing red hair, which was a prefered color to dark brown. A blond slave might have commanded a higher price. I still have a hard time seeing Helen as a blond.

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