History Literature / JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell

18th Apr '18 2:13:40 AM tungjii
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* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: The trope is invoked twice near the ending. Firstly, the gentleman with the thistle-down hair [[spoiler: places a curse of Darkness]] on Strange, naming him as "the English magician". Since he failed to be more specific, [[spoiler: the Darkness also begins to affects Norrell once Strange reaches him, and the two are bound together until the curse can be broken.]] The second instance is of major importance to the fate of England and its English Magic: [[spoiler: Norrell and Strange address "the nameless slave" in their spell, hoping to reach the Raven King. The spell finds Stephen Black instead.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: The trope is invoked twice near So, so much. Mr Norrell resurrects Ms Wintertowne by [[spoiler: summoning a fairy, namely, the ending. Firstly, gentleman with the thistledown hair,]] and offering him [[spoiler: half her life. Mr Norrell thinks this means she'll die in her 40s, but instead the gentleman takes her to a fairy ball every night, forcing her to dance all night instead of sleeping.]] Later, the gentleman with the thistle-down hair [[spoiler: places a curse of Darkness]] on Strange, naming him as "the English magician". Since he failed to be more specific, [[spoiler: the Darkness also begins to affects Norrell once Strange reaches him, and the two are bound together until the curse can be broken.]] The second instance is of major importance to the fate of England and its English Magic: [[spoiler: Norrell and Strange address "the nameless slave" in their spell, hoping to reach the Raven King. The spell finds Stephen Black instead.]]
18th Apr '18 2:01:28 AM tungjii
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* AlcoholInducedStupidity: Vinculus's late father tended to suffer from this, the most notable incident being when he accepted a drunken wager to [[spoiler:eat a priceless book of magic allegedly written by the Raven King himself, which resulted in the contents of the book being indelibly marked on the skin of the child he fathered a few days later.]]

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* AlcoholInducedStupidity: Vinculus's late father tended to suffer from this, the most notable incident being when he accepted a drunken wager to [[spoiler:eat a priceless book of magic allegedly written by the Raven King himself, which resulted in the contents of the book being indelibly marked on the skin of the child he fathered a few days later.]]later, as well as his own execution by hanging for "book murder."]]
3rd Jan '18 8:59:27 AM tafelshrew
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* DarkIsNotEvil: the Raven King is mysterious and a bit alien, but seems ultimately benevolent. (Certainly compared to other natives of Faerie.) Similarly Childermass is enigmatic in his loyalties and purposes, but also one of the morally better people in the story.
** Dark is also morally ambiguous with regard to Strange's reanimating the dead Neapolitans; it's only Lascelles (not a magician, and intending to slander Strange) who calls it Black Magic, and when the Raven King did the same magic in the Middle Ages the only problem his friend had with it was how he treated the man he reanimated.



* NameAmnesia: The character called "Stephen Black" is apparently not actually named Stephen Black, or so it would seem according to the rules of magic, because 'Stephen' was a slave name and not his true name given to him by his mother at his birth, which has been lost. As such, Magic considers him to be "The Nameless King", which is problematic because there is also a historical figure prevalent in the story, the Raven King, who was also given a slave name that was not his real name, John Uskglass, and is also referred to as "The Nameless King". Spells meant to address the latter Nameless King accidentally affect the former Nameless King.

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* NameAmnesia: The character called "Stephen Black" is apparently not actually named Stephen Black, or so it would seem according to the rules of magic, because 'Stephen' was a slave name and not his true name given to him by his mother at his birth, which has been lost. As such, Magic considers him to be "The Nameless King", Slave", which is problematic because there is also a historical figure prevalent in the story, the Raven King, who was also given a slave name that was not his real name, John Uskglass, and is also referred to as "The Nameless King". Spells meant to address the latter Nameless King Slave accidentally affect the former Nameless King.
22nd Sep '17 7:41:26 PM nombretomado
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* StealthPun: The general who dubs his right-hand magician "Merlin"? That [[ShroudedInMyth semi-mythical]] English leader, ''[[ArthurianLegend Arthur]]'' Wellesley.

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* StealthPun: The general who dubs his right-hand magician "Merlin"? That [[ShroudedInMyth semi-mythical]] English leader, ''[[ArthurianLegend ''[[Myth/ArthurianLegend Arthur]]'' Wellesley.
2nd Sep '17 8:36:24 PM Afterthought
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* AntiHero: Norrell is an old-fashioned example; Strange is a Byronic one.

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* AntiHero: Norrell is an old-fashioned example; Strange is a Byronic one. one (who is actually on good terms with Lord Byron.)
26th Aug '17 2:44:38 PM TheKingsRaven
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* ThrowAwayCountry: A footnote implies that the country of Wales has been magically [[RetGone erased from existence]], [[LostCommonKnowledge its language remaining only in the minds of the insane.]]
3rd Aug '17 3:00:06 PM NOYB
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* AlcoholInducedStupidity: Vinculus' late father tended to suffer from this, the most notable incident being when he accepted a drunken wager to [[spoiler:eat a priceless book of magic allegedly written by the Raven King himself, which resulted in the contents of the book being indelibly marked on the skin of the child he fathered a few days later.]]

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* AlcoholInducedStupidity: Vinculus' Vinculus's late father tended to suffer from this, the most notable incident being when he accepted a drunken wager to [[spoiler:eat a priceless book of magic allegedly written by the Raven King himself, which resulted in the contents of the book being indelibly marked on the skin of the child he fathered a few days later.]]
30th Jul '17 12:15:52 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: The book has been described as "J.R.R. Tolkien meets Creator/JaneAusten", "Literature/HarryPotter for Adults", or "Harry Potter for History Buffs".
22nd Apr '17 2:06:34 PM Kate
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* CourtMage: Several are mentioned in the footnotes, such as Elizabeth I's personal wizard. Strange and Norrell act as updated versions, serving Parliament and politicans.

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* CourtMage: Several are mentioned in the footnotes, such as Elizabeth I's personal wizard.wizard (John Dee, who was real and a skilled astrologer and physician). Strange and Norrell act as updated versions, serving Parliament and politicans.
22nd Apr '17 2:05:16 PM Kate
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* DeathByChildbirth: Stephen's mother, in the hold of a slave ship. She doesn't even live long enough to tell anybody what she wants to name him.
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