The Hero’s Quest The Hero’s Quest is commonly divided into three groups: the Departure, the Initiation, and the Return. Each group has its own steps that a typical epic poem’s hero would follow on his quest. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the unknown author uses several steps of the Hero’s Quest to make Beowulf seem like a typical epic hero that follows the Hero’s Quest. The first step of the Departure is the Call to Adventure; this is the point in the hero’s life when he is informed that he will
land, and she is immortal. Beren is told by Thingol that the only way to win his blessing is to retrieve the simaril from the iron crown of Morgoth a task that to Thingol is impossible for a mortal man to accomplish. This is a classic hero’s tale of Beren and his quest to win the hand of the most beautiful creature that ever existed. When Tolkien and Edith passed away Tolkien had her gravestone inscribed with “Edith Mary Tolkien, Luthien” and his with “John Roald Reule Tolkien, Beren” (Doughan).