Well, he failed. So he failed. That doesn’t mean he’s not the Sun-Hero. He’s the Sun-Hero because he came back alive from his quest. No, he didn’t bring us a golden apple from the Tree of the Sun, but he is still my golden boy. He himself is the apple, don’t you see?
Of course, there is this matter of my son’s vulnerability. Because he failed, the Sun wants to take his life. Well, that isn’t going to happen because my son is under the protection of a powerful Fairy. She has put everyone in the world under a spell which prevents them from obeying the Sun’s command.
No creature can harm my son, don’t you see? So let’s not talk about this anymore. Cheer up and be happy!
Queen Mother of a Golden Boy in The Death of the Sun-Hero, Yellow Fairy Book