Herald of the High King
Homer tells us Hector never got his chance .. his vow to cut off the Hittite’s head. Troy’s heir and champion met his end fighting Achilles. And then Achilles famously got that arrow in his leg.
The Trojan horse was the turning point. Ben Bova reckons it was a siege tower, something the Hittites had encountered battling empires further east. Lukka recommended the idea. Bova projects it was his Hittites manning the Horse that first entered Troy .. enabling its destruction.
Lukka did not get his chance for revenge on Paris either. But in Bova’s novel he witnessed the battling prince run down as Agamemnon’s chariots raced through the main gates.
As for Helen? Bova differs from Homer. He supposes a besotted Lukka whisks her away .. before her boorish husband Menelaus can claim her back. Lukka supposedly was escorting to safety in Egypt the most beautiful woman in the world. The woman whose face ” launched a thousand ships”.
And somewhere underway, the pair disappear from the radar. And lived to fuck happily ever after.
(Based on Ben Bova’s novel The Hittite)