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2nd Jan '16 4:55:46 PM Fireblood
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* DefrostingIceQueen: Arha/Tenar fits this trope very much in ''The Tombs of Atuan'', although there is a subversion in that while the protagonist, Ged who plays the role of dashing adventurer in the novel, does not "defrost" her through sex as often happens, but rather helps her develop a sense of morality and reconnect with her buried humanity.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Arha/Tenar fits this trope very much in ''The Tombs of Atuan'', although there is a subversion in that while the protagonist, Ged Ged, who plays the role of dashing adventurer in the novel, does not "defrost" her through sex as often happens, but rather helps her develop a sense of morality and reconnect with her buried humanity.


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* HeroicSuicide: In ''The Word of Unbinding'', the good wizard Festin is entombed by the evil Voll, and after trying every means he can to escape but failing, ends his life with the titular word. This sends him into the afterlife, in which he can find Voll's corpse and seal him to it, which prevents him from harming any more of the living.
27th Dec '15 3:20:05 PM RBluefish
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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Ged, after unleashing a never-exactly specified evil into the world, is scratched up rather terribly by the thing on one side of his face, and scarred for life. However, in that same book someone says approvingly that the scars indicate him as a true hero--and more importantly they are a sign of his kinship with the Nameless Ones, which Tenar is priestess of.
** He's actually not aware that anyone thinks his scars are heroic. The guy who thinks this is very young, and very awed by Ged, and he thinks the scars are the tracks of a dragon's claws, since Ged is known for having vanquished an important dragon early in his career.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Ged, after unleashing a never-exactly specified evil into the world, is scratched up rather terribly by the thing on one side of his face, and scarred for life. However, in that same book someone says approvingly that the scars indicate him as a true hero--and more importantly they are a sign of his kinship with the Nameless Ones, which Tenar is priestess of.
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of. Ged himself is actually not aware that anyone thinks his scars are heroic. The guy who thinks this is very young, and very awed by Ged, and he thinks the scars are the tracks of a dragon's claws, since Ged is known for having vanquished an important dragon early in his career.
27th Dec '15 3:19:16 PM RBluefish
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Additionally, the way magic works in Earthsea is that it's impossible for anything said in the [[LanguageOfMagic true speech]], the dragons' tongue, to be a lie. Anything you say in the true speech ''is true'', [[RealityWarper even if physical reality has to change to make it so]].
** Not entirely true: Men are actually bound to speak the truth when using the true speech, whereas Dragons can lie at will. If you make an illusion that a rock is a diamond, using the true name for rock will break the illusion. There is a way of changing the rock to a diamond, but it is incredibly dangerous as if you make a mistake you could turn all rocks to diamonds.

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Additionally, the way magic works in Earthsea is that it's impossible for anything said in the [[LanguageOfMagic true speech]], the dragons' tongue, to be a lie. Anything you say in the true speech ''is true'', [[RealityWarper even if physical reality has to change to make it so]].
** Not entirely true: Men are actually bound
so]]. The only exception seems to be dragons, who speak the truth when using nothing but the true speech, whereas Dragons and can still lie at will. If you make an illusion that a rock is a diamond, using the true name for rock will break the illusion. There is a way of changing the rock to a diamond, but it is incredibly dangerous as if you make a mistake you could turn all rocks to diamonds.they want.
13th Sep '15 11:06:21 AM drbreakfast
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* NeverLearnedToRead: The Kargs believe that reading and writing is abhorrent, so literacy in their lands is virtually nonexistent. When Ged brings Tenar with him back to the main archipelago, she eventually learns to speak his language as well as read and write it.
6th Sep '15 4:48:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* MagicStaff: Wizards trained on Roke are distinguished from mere sorcerers by carrying staves. Ged is awarded a staff made of yew bound with copper in ''AWizardOfEarthsea''. When it is lost [[spoiler:in Osskil,]] Ogion makes him a replacement from a length of wood formerly intended for a longbow. Wizards of Paln, certainly Seppel in ''TheOtherWind'', and at first Cob in ''TheFarthestShore'', do not seem to use staves- but Cob does acquire the metal staff of the Pelnish Grey Mage later in the book.

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* MagicStaff: Wizards trained on Roke are distinguished from mere sorcerers by carrying staves. Ged is awarded a staff made of yew bound with copper in ''AWizardOfEarthsea''.''A Wizard of Earthsea''. When it is lost [[spoiler:in Osskil,]] Ogion makes him a replacement from a length of wood formerly intended for a longbow. Wizards of Paln, certainly Seppel in ''TheOtherWind'', ''The Other Wind'', and at first Cob in ''TheFarthestShore'', ''The Farthest Shore'', do not seem to use staves- but Cob does acquire the metal staff of the Pelnish Grey Mage later in the book.
25th Aug '15 2:22:35 PM Dondonesque
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* MagicStaff: Wizards trained on Roke are distinguished from mere sorcerers by carrying staves. Ged is awarded a staff made of yew bound with copper in ''AWizardOfEarthsea''. When it is lost [[spoiler:in Osskil,]] Ogion makes him a replacement from a length of wood formerly intended for a longbow. Wizards of Paln, certainly Seppel in ''TheOtherWind'', and at first Cob in ''TheFarthestShore'', do not seem to use staves- but Cob does acquire the metal staff of the Pelnish Grey Mage later in the book.
11th May '15 3:29:45 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The [[Creator/{{The BBC}}]] adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.

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The [[Creator/{{The BBC}}]] Creator/{{The BBC}} adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.
11th May '15 3:29:21 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The [[Creator/{{The BBC}} adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.

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The [[Creator/{{The BBC}} BBC}}]] adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.
11th May '15 3:29:04 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The series was the subject of an animated film from StudioGhibli called ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'' and a poorly-received TV adaptation by the SyFy channel, originally called ''Legend of Earthsea'', and later retitled ''Series/{{Earthsea}}''.

The BBC adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.

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The series was the subject of an animated film from StudioGhibli called ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'' and a poorly-received TV adaptation by the SyFy channel, Channel, originally called ''Legend of Earthsea'', and later retitled ''Series/{{Earthsea}}''.

The BBC [[Creator/{{The BBC}} adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.
11th May '15 3:28:05 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The BBC adapted the works as radio dramas twice: In 1996, as a two hour adaptation of ''A Wizard of Earthsea'', and in April and May 2015, as a full adaptation of the trilogy (''A Wizard of Earthsea'', ''The Tombs of Atuan'', ''The Farthest Shore'') in six episodes, each half an hour long.
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