Wise Old Man Archetype
As experienced in fairytales... as experienced in life.
""The old man always appears when the hero is in a hopeless and desperate situation."
"...the hero cannot accomplish this himself, the knowledge needed to compensate the deficiency comes in the form of a personified thought, i.e., in the shape of this sagacious and helpful old man."
"No one can help the boy to do this; has to rely on himself. There is no going back. This realization will give the necessary resolution to his actions. By forcing him to face the issue, the old man saves him the tourble of making up his mind."
"When the clever old man had brought the boy to this point he could begin his good advice, i.e., the situation no longer looked hopeless. He advised him..."