Athos (fictional character)


Athos (fictional character)

Athos (born c. 1595; died 1661) is a fictional character in the novels "The Three Musketeers", "Twenty Years After", and "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas, père.

In "The Three Musketeers", he and the other two musketeers Porthos and Aramis are friends of the novel's protagonist, d'Artagnan. He has a mysterious past connecting him with the villainess of the novel, Milady de Winter.

The oldest by some years, Athos is a father figure to the other musketeers. He is described as noble and handsome but also very secretive, drowning his secret sorrows in drink.

By the end of the novel, it is revealed that he is the Comte de la Fère, who was Milady's husband before she married the Baron de Winter.

In the latter two novels, he is openly known as the Comte de la Fère and is the father of the young hero, Raoul de Bragelonne. Like Porthos', Athos' first name is never told. However, in Dumas' play "The Youth of the Musketeers", the young Milady, then named Charlotte, calls the then Vicomte de la Fère Olivier, so one may assume that this is Athos' first name.

The fictional Athos is named after the historical musketeer Armand de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle (1615-1644), though they don't actually have much in common apart from the name). His birthplace is the commune of Athos-Aspis in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department. The name also resembles Mount Athos, which is referred to in chapter 13 of The Three Musketeers where a Bastille guard says, "But that is not a man's name; that is the name of a mountain,". His title, Comte de la Fère, while invented, is tied to the domains of La Fère which were once owned by Anne of Austria, Queen of France in these novels.

Film and television

Actors who have played Athos on screen include:
*Henri Rollan, in "Les trois mousquetaires" (1921)
*Paul Lukas, in "The Three Musketeers" (1935)
*Van Heflin, in "The Three Musketeers" (1948)
*Barry Morse, in "The Three Musketeers" (TV movie) (1960)
*Oliver Reed, in "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "The Four Musketeers" (1974), and "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989)
*Veniamin Smekhov, in "D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers" (1978) and its sequels (1992, 1993)
*José Ferrer, in "The Fifth Musketeer" (1979)
*Kiefer Sutherland, in "The Three Musketeers" (1993)
*John Malkovich, in "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998)
*Jan Gregor Kremp, in "The Musketeer" (2001)
*Christopher Cazenove, in "La Femme Musketeer" (TV miniseries) (2003)


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