History Literature / FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser

20th Aug '17 6:08:27 PM Sadsharks
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->''"Now about Lankhmar. She's been invaded, her walls breached everywhere and desperate fighting is going on in the streets, by a fierce host which out-numbers Lankhamar's inhabitants by fifty to one -- and equipped with all modern weapons. Yet you can save the city."''\\

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->''"Now about Lankhmar. She's been invaded, her walls breached everywhere and desperate fighting is going on in the streets, by a fierce host which out-numbers Lankhamar's Lankhmar's inhabitants by fifty to one -- and equipped with all modern weapons. Yet you can save the city."''\\
20th Aug '17 3:50:49 PM Sadsharks
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One of the most seminal pieces of SwordAndSorcery was Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser'' series of short stories and novellas. Set in the world of Nehwon (except for one story set on Earth), often in the city of Lankhmar, it starred Fafhrd, a seven-foot tall {{barbarian|Hero}} from the North, and the Mouser, a trickster [[LoveableRogue thief]] and former wizard's apprentice, who find and befriend each other one day. A {{deconstruction}} of the Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian stories that Leiber had grown tired of, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser showed two heroes closer to actual human beings. To quote Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "They spend a lot of time drinking, feasting, wenching, brawling, stealing, and gambling, and are seldom fussy about to whom they hire their swords. But they are humane and -- most of all -- relish true adventure." A massive source for inspiration for much of modern roleplaying, specifically D&D, either directly or indirectly, and pretty much any ''swashbuckling'' -- as opposed to ThudAndBlunder -- fantasy story written after about 1970 or so probably owes a debt to these stories. The fact that the most important city in most of the Literature/{{Discworld}} stories is called '''Ankh-Mor'''pork is absolutely no coincidence, too; {{exp|y}}ies of Fafhrd and the Mouser show up in the first chapter of the first book, after all.

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One of the most seminal pieces of SwordAndSorcery was Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser'' series of short stories and novellas. Set in the world of Nehwon (except for one story set on Earth), often in the city of Lankhmar, it starred Fafhrd, a seven-foot tall {{barbarian|Hero}} from the North, and the Mouser, a trickster [[LoveableRogue thief]] and former wizard's apprentice, who find and befriend each other one day.

A {{deconstruction}} of the Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian stories that Leiber had grown tired of, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser showed two heroes closer to actual human beings. To quote Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "They spend a lot of time drinking, feasting, wenching, brawling, stealing, and gambling, and are seldom fussy about to whom they hire their swords. But they are humane and -- most of all -- relish true adventure." "

A massive source for inspiration for much of modern roleplaying, specifically D&D, either directly or indirectly, and pretty much any ''swashbuckling'' -- as opposed to ThudAndBlunder -- fantasy story written after about 1970 or so probably owes a debt to these stories. The fact that the most important city in most of the Literature/{{Discworld}} stories is called '''Ankh-Mor'''pork is absolutely no coincidence, too; {{exp|y}}ies of Fafhrd and the Mouser show up in the first chapter of the first book, after all.
12th Jul '17 4:05:34 AM Divra
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* BadassBaritone: Subverted: Fafhrd's voice is a light tenor, and he is noted to sing quite beautifully.
7th Dec '16 11:10:39 PM Xtifr
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One of the most seminal pieces of SwordAndSorcery was Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser'' series of short stories and novellas. Set in the world of Nehwon (except for one story set on Earth), often in the city of Lankhmar, it starred '''Fafhrd''', a seven-foot tall {{barbarian|Hero}} from the North, and '''the Mouser''', a trickster [[LoveableRogue thief]] and former wizard's apprentice, who find and befriend each other one day. A {{deconstruction}} of the Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian stories that Leiber had grown tired of, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser showed two heroes closer to actual human beings. To quote Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "They spend a lot of time drinking, feasting, wenching, brawling, stealing, and gambling, and are seldom fussy about to whom they hire their swords. But they are humane and -- most of all -- relish true adventure." A massive source for inspiration for much of modern roleplaying, specifically D&D, either directly or indirectly, and pretty much any ''swashbuckling'' -- as opposed to ThudAndBlunder -- fantasy story written after about 1970 or so probably owes a debt to these stories. The fact that the most important city in most of the Literature/{{Discworld}} stories is called '''Ankh-Mor'''pork is absolutely no coincidence, too; {{exp|y}}ies of Fafhrd and the Mouser show up in the first chapter of the first book, after all.

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One of the most seminal pieces of SwordAndSorcery was Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser'' series of short stories and novellas. Set in the world of Nehwon (except for one story set on Earth), often in the city of Lankhmar, it starred '''Fafhrd''', Fafhrd, a seven-foot tall {{barbarian|Hero}} from the North, and '''the Mouser''', the Mouser, a trickster [[LoveableRogue thief]] and former wizard's apprentice, who find and befriend each other one day. A {{deconstruction}} of the Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian stories that Leiber had grown tired of, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser showed two heroes closer to actual human beings. To quote Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}: "They spend a lot of time drinking, feasting, wenching, brawling, stealing, and gambling, and are seldom fussy about to whom they hire their swords. But they are humane and -- most of all -- relish true adventure." A massive source for inspiration for much of modern roleplaying, specifically D&D, either directly or indirectly, and pretty much any ''swashbuckling'' -- as opposed to ThudAndBlunder -- fantasy story written after about 1970 or so probably owes a debt to these stories. The fact that the most important city in most of the Literature/{{Discworld}} stories is called '''Ankh-Mor'''pork is absolutely no coincidence, too; {{exp|y}}ies of Fafhrd and the Mouser show up in the first chapter of the first book, after all.
12th Oct '16 12:00:29 PM SorPepita
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* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Ghouls are a humanoid race that have transparent skin, muscles, and organs, giving them the appearance of animated skeletons ... oh, and they just so happen to be cannibals too. Though the only one who gets a speaking role turns out to be kind of cool.

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* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Ghouls are a humanoid race that have transparent skin, muscles, and organs, giving them the appearance of animated skeletons ...skeletons... oh, and they just so happen to be cannibals too. Though the only one who gets a speaking role turns out to be kind of cool.



* StuffedintotheFridge: [[spoiler: Vella and Ivrian]]

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* StuffedintotheFridge: StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Vella and Ivrian]]Ivrian.]]
11th Oct '16 12:15:56 PM porphyre77
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* MouseWorld: Lankhmar Below
5th Oct '16 12:40:49 AM SmoCro
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* StuffedintotheFridge: [[spoiler: Vella and Ivrian]]
30th Jul '16 5:24:16 PM WanderingBrowser
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted. Some races are definitely on the nastier side, such as the cannibalistic Ghouls, but there's always exceptions. The antagonistic rat-people from ''The Swords of Lankhmar'' are antagonists for a genuine reason rather than being generically evil, and not only do ghouls have a reason for their hostility to other races (by their own rationale, at least), but there are those who have broken away from their culture.


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* WhiteMansBurden: A really twisted version of this is used to justify the ghouls' cannibalism; they believe themselves to be the most enlightened and civilized race of all, as represented by their translucent flesh, so "transmuting the muddy to the pure" (read: digesting humanoid flesh) is elevating the souls of the inferior other races.
25th Feb '16 6:57:40 AM LondonKdS
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* InvisibleStomachVisibleFood: This happens when ghouls eat anything.
2nd Feb '16 2:28:44 PM margdean56
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* ICallItVera: Fafhrd has a broadsword named Graywand and a poinard named Heartseeker. The Mouser has a rapier named Scalpel and a dirk named Cat's Claw. Leiber plays with this one, though, by having the pair lose their weapons ''all the time''. They just use those names for whatever blades they happen to be carrying at the moment.

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* ICallItVera: Fafhrd has a broadsword named Graywand and a poinard poniard named Heartseeker. The Mouser has a rapier named Scalpel and a dirk named Cat's Claw. Leiber plays with this one, though, by having the pair lose their weapons ''all the time''. They just use those names for whatever blades they happen to be carrying at the moment.
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