Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L is for Linus

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

I'm a big Peanuts/Charlie Brown fan, so I had to do L for Linus today.

Linus was the Greek God of Music. His father was Apollo, and his mother was one of the muses (although there's a little ambiguity which of the muses is his mom). He is the inventor of rhythm, melody, and the stringed lyre. Linus' brother was Orpheus, the God of Poetry.

Later, Linus became Heracles' music teacher (Heracles was renamed Hercules by the Romans). One day, Heracles was trying to play the lyre, but he messed up. Linus made a comment about the mistake, and Heracles got ticked off. The Greek hero then killed Linus with the lyre.

No big surprise, this Heracles also killed his own children.

Poor Linus. But his death at Heracles' hands is just one version of his death. The other story is that Apollo grew jealous of his son's talents and killed Linus.

I guess filicide is a pretty common theme in mythology from all over the world. Lots of parents killing their own kiddos.


36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Either way, someone killed him. Such fickle gods.

Annalisa Crawford said...

You'd kind of assume the mother would be the least ambiguous relation in a child's life :-)

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Pat Hatt said...

Egos and gods sure don't mix well

Jo said...

They really weren't a nice bunch of people. What with incest and murder being rife in their existence

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Awwww, poor kid. Shameful, especially since he was all musical and everything.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Yeah, Heracles was not exactly the artistic type... I have known students like that :D

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Pat Dilloway said...

So really in Peanuts Linus should be the kid with the piano being named after a God of music and all.

Chrys Fey said...

I was going to comment the same thing as Pat. haha

Sarah Foster said...

The Greek gods didn't really have a good handle on their emotions, did they?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The gods in the legends were all nuts. Maybe because life was so harsh during those times that people's beliefs reflected that.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I might have said myself one time (or twenty) to my son, "I brought you in this world and I can take you out." hee hee.

Patricia Lynne said...

Poor Linus. You would think music would be something a bit more peaceful, but not when it comes to the Greeks.

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David P. King said...

Loving the Linus love today. :)

Jenna Howard said...

I love that Peanuts Linus was so well named. Well aside from not being killed by a pissed off hero via lyre. (Not cool Heracles...not cool.)

Tony Laplume said...

Death by lyre. Surely a memorable way to go...

Intangible Hearts said...

Glad my real parents weren't mythological heroes! :)

Haneen I. Adam said...

Music and poetry sound like Apolo's children, but come on? why did he have to go and behead (I assume) his own son? I'm disappointed, guess you can't really trust those mythological royalty.

cleemckenzie said...

You had to learn early on not to piss off those gods.

Christine Rains said...

Poor Linus. Makes you glad you're just a normal human sometimes. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Those Greek stories get pretty dark, don't they?!

Melissa Sugar said...

At first I thought I was going to read about the Peanuts gallery, Linus. Instead I was treated to a dark Greek tale. Very interesting. I love myths and anything Greek or tragic. I just stopped by from the challenge to say hello.

Denise Covey said...

Yep. That Linus confused me too. I love playing with characters like you've done here Jay.

betty said...

I think Heracles needs to learn some anger management and not kill but perhaps learn how to channel his feelings when he gets a bit angry.

betty

Tammy Theriault said...

Poor Linus indeed. He definitely former bad end of the stick either way!

Robin said...

Nobody makes you angrier than family. In life and mythology it seems. For the record, I think murder is always taking it too far!

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