History Literature / HaroldShea

15th Jul '17 9:21:59 AM crazysamaritan
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* GenreSavvy: Arguably the whole point of the series. When Harold visits a world that inspired our work of fiction -- oddly enough, he manages to do quite well by running with the tropes that he (or the people he's with) remembers. At times, this has even been used for prophecy -- he remembers how the story came out.

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* GenreSavvy: Arguably the whole point of the series. When Harold visits a world that inspired our work of fiction -- oddly enough, he manages to do quite well by running with the tropes that he (or the people he's with) remembers. At times, this has even been used for prophecy -- he remembers how the story came out.
18th Jun '17 2:05:09 PM nombretomado
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** However, is there really any such character as "Belphegor" in ''Orlando Furioso'' that is an expy of Belphoebe? I [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/615 looked]] and didn't find any character name resembling that. And the names don't seem to be related, either; "Belphoebe" is from the the name of a Titan from Greek mythology plus a prefix meaning "beautiful", whereas "Belphegor" is from the name of a Moabitish deity "Ba'al Pe'or" mentioned in the Torah (or so says ThatOtherWiki).

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** However, is there really any such character as "Belphegor" in ''Orlando Furioso'' that is an expy of Belphoebe? I [[http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/615 looked]] and didn't find any character name resembling that. And the names don't seem to be related, either; "Belphoebe" is from the the name of a Titan from Greek mythology plus a prefix meaning "beautiful", whereas "Belphegor" is from the name of a Moabitish deity "Ba'al Pe'or" mentioned in the Torah (or so says ThatOtherWiki).Wiki/ThatOtherWiki).
11th May '17 8:18:13 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* TheLoad: Shea himself is a slight example in the first novella. He is less physically capable than his more battle-hardened companions, and his 20th century science turns out not to work at all in the world of Myth/NorseMythology. This changes once he starts figuring out how to use magic.
15th Apr '17 9:16:39 AM nombretomado
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In the stories, Harold Shea and other characters visit various [[TheVerse settings]] from mythology and fiction. Each story has one primary setting that is visited, although some visit other settings briefly. The primary setting for each story is: Myth/NorseMythology, ''TheFaerieQueene'', Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem ''Orlando Furioso'', ''Literature/TheKalevala'', [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish mythology]], ''Orlando Furioso'' (again), ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', ''Literature/DonQuixote'', ''Literature/TheAeneid'', ''The Tale of Igor's Campaign'', ''Baital Pachisi'', ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', ''Theatre/TheTempest'', and finally Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge's poem ''Kubla Khan''.

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In the stories, Harold Shea and other characters visit various [[TheVerse settings]] from mythology and fiction. Each story has one primary setting that is visited, although some visit other settings briefly. The primary setting for each story is: Myth/NorseMythology, ''TheFaerieQueene'', ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'', Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem ''Orlando Furioso'', ''Literature/TheKalevala'', [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish mythology]], ''Orlando Furioso'' (again), ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', ''Literature/DonQuixote'', ''Literature/TheAeneid'', ''The Tale of Igor's Campaign'', ''Baital Pachisi'', ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', ''Theatre/TheTempest'', and finally Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge's poem ''Kubla Khan''.
15th Apr '17 9:15:05 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: In-story example: ''TheFaerieQueene'' has expies of characters from ''Orlando Furioso''.

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* {{Expy}}: In-story example: ''TheFaerieQueene'' ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'' has expies of characters from ''Orlando Furioso''.



* SamusIsAGirl: Britomart (as in ''TheFaerieQueene'')

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* SamusIsAGirl: Britomart (as in ''TheFaerieQueene'')''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'')
8th Feb '16 3:32:32 PM shokoshu
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The scientist who is immune to magic since he doesn't believe in it,
14th Jan '16 3:36:05 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Grantorto in ''The Mathematics of Magic'' seems like an AffablyEvil SmallNameBigEgo and doesn't even do anything particularly villainous. [[spoiler:Then at the end, after the rest of his Chapter is killed, he traps Shea and Belphebe and would have tortured them to death, had they not been sucked into other dimensions.]]
24th Dec '15 4:47:15 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* BalefulPolymorph: Shea's colleague Vaclav [[spoiler:gets turned into [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a wolf]] whenever he tries to use magic to change his shape. It's because of his East European ancestry.]]
24th Dec '15 4:36:51 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* DisproportionateRetribution: In ''The Castle of Iron'', our heroes come upon Roland massacring a peasant village. The reason? The peasants boiled his venison instead of roasting it.
15th Nov '15 1:04:27 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* AffablyEvil: [[EvilSorcerer Busyrane]] in ''The Mathematics of Magic''. He even looks saintly.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: between the characters from the modern world and the inhabitants of the alternate universes they visit

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: between the characters from the modern world and the inhabitants of the alternate universes they visitvisit.
* EvilSorcerer: A whole Chapter of them work to bring down the kingdom of Faerie in ''The Mathematics of Magic''.
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