Easter Special: Top Literary Resurrections

Gandalf: the comeback King
Category: Reading

Happy Good Friday to you!

In honour of the Easter weekend and the celebration of chocolate eggs, rabbits and our favourite back-from-the-dead Son of God, we decided to look back over some of the best resurrections from great works of literature.

From Dracula to Voldemort, from Sherlock Holmes to Bella Swan, literature loves a good comeback, and so do we, so here are a few of our favourites.

Beware: this post is spoiler heavy!

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

This comeback was the original OMG moment in literature for me. When Gandalf cried ‘Fly you fools!’ and disappeared into a gaping chasm, Balrog in tow, I was convinced he was lost forever. Needless to say, when he turned up a book or so later in Fangorn Forest with a swishy new look and a fancy horse, I was as surprised as Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Similarly, you can’t mention comebacks without Aslan making the list. God-like lion, Aslan, gives up his life for Edmund’s when the White Witch sentences the young boy to death for betraying her. The scene when Susan and Lucy wake up in the middle of the night and see the White Witch murder Aslan still chills me today. Luckily, Aslan has connections with ‘Deeper Magic from before the Dawn of Time’ and makes it back in time to defeat the White Witch for good.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

This one is slightly too topical to go into detail with right now, so I’ll just say this. If there is anyone you think is dead in the books, don’t assume they are gone for good. George RR Martin is the wiliest of them all and will often find a way of bringing your beloved character back – though sometimes not in the way you’d expect it!

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Lestat de Lioncourt takes the cake for most resilient vampire ever. Over the course of this book, he is poisoned, drugged, has his throat cut, his body dumped in a swamp and is set on fire, and STILL makes it out to become the protagonist in the second book of the series, The Vampire Lestat. He’s one vamp that just won’t quit!

The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Last but not least is the enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was killed off by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Final Problem as he felt that the character was taking time away from his more literary efforts. He offed Holmes with a classed ‘death by gorge’ scenario. Unfortunately, this death proved to be too vague, and he was eventually persuaded to revive the character by his fans in The Adventures of the Empty House.

Do you have any favourite characters known for their comebacks? Let us know in the comments below!