His earthliness places him not among those larger-than-life kind of heroes, but among the humble, quiet ones—a dervish hero.
1580s, from Turkish dervish, from Persian darvesh, darvish "beggar, poor," hence "religious mendicant;" equivalent of Arabic faqir (cf. fakir). The "whirling dervishes" are just one order among many. Originally dervis; modern spelling is from mid-19c.