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I remember reading a fantasy book as a teenager (in the 80s, I think). In it, a boy had to save his father. All I can remember is that the dad was tied up between two posts...perhaps in a valley. To save his father, the boy had to hold his hand no matter what. His father turned into flame as well as a tiger and the boy endured and saved him.

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  • Sounds like a fairytale I've read, actually. I'll see if I can find it.
    – SQB
    Jun 21 '17 at 15:09
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    @SQB - You're thinking of Tam Lin, I think. "They'll turn me to a bear so grim, And then a lion bold, But hold me fast, and fear me not, And ye shall love your child." There are at least 3 dozen prose versions of the tale, and 20 or so song versions. Jun 21 '17 at 16:55
  • @WhatRoughBeast So is that the answer? Sep 6 '17 at 16:24
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    @DCOPTimDowd - Nope. The Tam Lin version goes back to at least the mid-1500s. The point is that the plot device used (holding on despite shape changes) does occur in fairy tales, but is unlikely an identifier for an 80s book. Sep 6 '17 at 21:17
  • @OP Are there any other identifying features you can remember? The cover art? Any letters or sounds in the author's name? Check out this guide to help jog your memory. Sep 7 '17 at 16:15

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