Redemption of the divine: The feminine spirit in Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle

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The paper is an investigation of aspects of the archetype of spirit that are represented by a female image. To this end, the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin is discussed. It is shown that the image of dragons represents a primal and wild aspect of the human spirit. Through an image of a wounded girl-child who embodies the dragon-energy, spirit is reborn from below. The girl mediates between the world of spirit and the material world. Renewed consciousness of the reality of a spiritual realm redeems the materialism and inflated belief in human power of our time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Aug 2021
Place of
PublisherDansk selskab for analytisk psykologi (DSAP)
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Le Guin
  • spirit
  • priestess
  • Dragon
  • Tehanu
  • Tombs of Atuan
  • The Ohter Wind
  • female spirit
  • feminine spirit

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