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27th Oct '13 6:23:50 AM LordGro
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"The Story of King Oddur" is an UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

An old king is popular, but childless and single. Suddenly, a viking army lands in his realm. The vikings' leader, a certain Oddur, challenges the king to battle. The king bites the dust, and Odd declares himself the new king. Curiously, despite his violent takeover, Oddur is soon a popular ruler, even though no one knows where he came from or what his ancestry is.

The autumn after Oddur's conquest, a wandering man comes to the palace and pleads to be taken in as a winter guest. The king agrees on the condition that the stranger must disclose the secret of his, Oddur's, origin and identity on the first day of summer. If he cannot do this, he will be executed. The man agrees.

Summer comes and the winter guest has no more idea about what is the king's secret than last autumn. And so he is executed.

Next autumn, another traveller asks to stay for winter. Oddur agrees on the same condition as before. Like his predecessor, the guest is not able to unearth any clue about Oddur's past or origin, so to the executioner he goes. And so do four more winter-guests in four subsequent years.

The seventh year of Oddur's reign, yet another wanderer asks for winter quarters. Hearing the king's condition, he answers he will accept the deal if he can sleep in the king's own bedchamber. The king agrees.

All winter, the guest keeps a close watch on the king, but nothing happens until the night of Christmas when Oddur, believing the guest is asleep, sneaks out of the bedroom. But the guest is awake and follows him stealthily to a lake in a bog. When Oddur dives into the lake, the guest follows him and finds himself on a beautiful meadow: It is the [[LandOfFaerie Nether World]] -- and the guest knows he is on the track of King Oddur's true identity.
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!! This fairy tales has examples of the following tropes:

* {{Curse}}: King Oddur has been banished to the human world by a curse.
* CurseEscapeClause: An oddly specific one: Only if a human discovers Oddur's true identity without without any help, the curse will be lifted.
* ExactEavesdropping: The winter-guest, mixing into the elvish crowd, manages to eavesdrop all the private table-talk of the royal couple in the Nether World, and yet nobody recognizes him as a human.
* LandOfFaerie: The "Nether World" is the Icelandic variant of Faerie.
* NamelessNarrative: King Oddur is the only named character in the tale.
* OfferedTheCrown: The people plans to depose Oddur and make the winter-guest king, should Oddur try to have him executed. Yet Oddur, in parting, makes the winter-guest king himself.
* TheReveal: Oddur is [[spoiler: an elf-queen]], banished to the Upper World by a curse.
* RuleOfSeven: There are seven winter-guests in seven winters, and the curse granted a deadline of seven years for the chance to break the curse.
* SheIsTheKing: Oddur.
* SweetPollyOliver: King Oddur. It is not quite clear if her posing as a man was a stipulation of the CurseEscapeClause, or if she decided on that for pragmatic reasons.
* TongueTied: Oddur cannot simply tell the secret, as it would invalidate the escape clause.
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"The Story of King Oddur" is an UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

An old king is popular, but childless and single. Suddenly, a viking army lands in his realm. The vikings' leader, a certain Oddur, challenges the king to battle. The king bites the dust, and Odd declares himself the new king. Curiously, despite his violent takeover, Oddur is soon a popular ruler, even though no one knows where he came from or what his ancestry is.

The autumn after Oddur's conquest, a wandering man comes to the palace and pleads to be taken in as a winter guest. The king agrees on the condition that the stranger must disclose the secret of his, Oddur's, origin and identity on the first day of summer. If he cannot do this, he will be executed. The man agrees.

Summer comes and the winter guest has no more idea about what is the king's secret than last autumn. And so he is executed.

Next autumn, another traveller asks to stay for winter. Oddur agrees on the same condition as before. Like his predecessor, the guest is not able to unearth any clue about Oddur's past or origin, so to the executioner he goes. And so do four more winter-guests in four subsequent years.

The seventh year of Oddur's reign, yet another wanderer asks for winter quarters. Hearing the king's condition, he answers he will accept the deal if he can sleep in the king's own bedchamber. The king agrees.

All winter, the guest keeps a close watch on the king, but nothing happens until the night of Christmas when Oddur, believing the guest is asleep, sneaks out of the bedroom. But the guest is awake and follows him stealthily to a lake in a bog. When Oddur dives into the lake, the guest follows him and finds himself on a beautiful meadow: It is the [[LandOfFaerie Nether World]] -- and the guest knows he is on the track of King Oddur's true identity.
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!! This fairy tales has examples of the following tropes:

* {{Curse}}: King Oddur has been banished to the human world by a curse.
* CurseEscapeClause: An oddly specific one: Only if a human discovers Oddur's true identity without without any help, the curse will be lifted.
* ExactEavesdropping: The winter-guest, mixing into the elvish crowd, manages to eavesdrop all the private table-talk of the royal couple in the Nether World, and yet nobody recognizes him as a human.
* LandOfFaerie: The "Nether World" is the Icelandic variant of Faerie.
* NamelessNarrative: King Oddur is the only named character in the tale.
* OfferedTheCrown: The people plans to depose Oddur and make the winter-guest king, should Oddur try to have him executed. Yet Oddur, in parting, makes the winter-guest king himself.
* TheReveal: Oddur is [[spoiler: an elf-queen]], banished to the Upper World by a curse.
* RuleOfSeven: There are seven winter-guests in seven winters, and the curse granted a deadline of seven years for the chance to break the curse.
* SheIsTheKing: Oddur.
* SweetPollyOliver: King Oddur. It is not quite clear if her posing as a man was a stipulation of the CurseEscapeClause, or if she decided on that for pragmatic reasons.
* TongueTied: Oddur cannot simply tell the secret, as it would invalidate the escape clause.
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12th Mar '13 11:13:27 AM LordGro
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* CurseEscapeClause: An oddly specific one.

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* CurseEscapeClause: An oddly specific one.one: Only if a human discovers Oddur's true identity without without any help, the curse will be lifted.



* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler:Oddur.]]
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:King Oddur.]] It is not quite clear if her posing as a man was a stipulation of the CurseEscapeClause, or if she decided on that for pragmatic reasons.

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* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler:Oddur.]]
Oddur.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:King Oddur.]] King Oddur. It is not quite clear if her posing as a man was a stipulation of the CurseEscapeClause, or if she decided on that for pragmatic reasons.
11th Mar '13 4:55:02 AM LordGro
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„The Story of King Oddur“ is an UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

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„The "The Story of King Oddur“ Oddur" is an UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.



All winter, the guest keeps a close watch on the king, but nothing happens until the night of Christmas when Oddur, believing the guest is asleep, sneaks out of the bedroom. But the guest is awake and follows him stealthily to a lake in a bog. When Oddur dives into the lake, the guest follows him and finds himself on a beautiful meadow: It is the Nether World -- and the guest knows he is on the track of King Oddur's true identity.

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All winter, the guest keeps a close watch on the king, but nothing happens until the night of Christmas when Oddur, believing the guest is asleep, sneaks out of the bedroom. But the guest is awake and follows him stealthily to a lake in a bog. When Oddur dives into the lake, the guest follows him and finds himself on a beautiful meadow: It is the [[LandOfFaerie Nether World World]] -- and the guest knows he is on the track of King Oddur's true identity.


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* {{Curse}}: King Oddur has been banished to the human world by a curse.
* CurseEscapeClause: An oddly specific one.
* ExactEavesdropping: The winter-guest, mixing into the elvish crowd, manages to eavesdrop all the private table-talk of the royal couple in the Nether World, and yet nobody recognizes him as a human.


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* TheReveal: Oddur is [[spoiler: an elf-queen]], banished to the Upper World by a curse.
* RuleOfSeven: There are seven winter-guests in seven winters, and the curse granted a deadline of seven years for the chance to break the curse.
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler:Oddur.]]
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:King Oddur.]] It is not quite clear if her posing as a man was a stipulation of the CurseEscapeClause, or if she decided on that for pragmatic reasons.
* TongueTied: Oddur cannot simply tell the secret, as it would invalidate the escape clause.
10th Mar '13 1:43:57 PM LordGro
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„The Story of King Oddur“ is an Icelandic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

An old king is popular, but a childless single. Suddenly, a viking army lands in his realm. The vikings' leader, a certain Oddur, challenges the king to battle. The king bites the dust, and Odd declares himself the new king. Curiously, despite his violent takeover, Oddur is soon a popular ruler, even though no one knows where he came from or what his ancestry is.

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„The Story of King Oddur“ is an Icelandic UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

An old king is popular, but a childless and single. Suddenly, a viking army lands in his realm. The vikings' leader, a certain Oddur, challenges the king to battle. The king bites the dust, and Odd declares himself the new king. Curiously, despite his violent takeover, Oddur is soon a popular ruler, even though no one knows where he came from or what his ancestry is.
10th Mar '13 1:42:41 PM LordGro
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!! This fairy tales has examples of the following tropes:
10th Mar '13 1:38:01 PM LordGro
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„The Story of King Oddur“ is an Icelandic fairy tale collected by Jón Árnason in 1862.

An old king is popular, but a childless single. Suddenly, a viking army lands in his realm. The vikings' leader, a certain Oddur, challenges the king to battle. The king bites the dust, and Odd declares himself the new king. Curiously, despite his violent takeover, Oddur is soon a popular ruler, even though no one knows where he came from or what his ancestry is.

The autumn after Oddur's conquest, a wandering man comes to the palace and pleads to be taken in as a winter guest. The king agrees on the condition that the stranger must disclose the secret of his, Oddur's, origin and identity on the first day of summer. If he cannot do this, he will be executed. The man agrees.

Summer comes and the winter guest has no more idea about what is the king's secret than last autumn. And so he is executed.

Next autumn, another traveller asks to stay for winter. Oddur agrees on the same condition as before. Like his predecessor, the guest is not able to unearth any clue about Oddur's past or origin, so to the executioner he goes. And so do four more winter-guests in four subsequent years.

The seventh year of Oddur's reign, yet another wanderer asks for winter quarters. Hearing the king's condition, he answers he will accept the deal if he can sleep in the king's own bedchamber. The king agrees.

All winter, the guest keeps a close watch on the king, but nothing happens until the night of Christmas when Oddur, believing the guest is asleep, sneaks out of the bedroom. But the guest is awake and follows him stealthily to a lake in a bog. When Oddur dives into the lake, the guest follows him and finds himself on a beautiful meadow: It is the Nether World -- and the guest knows he is on the track of King Oddur's true identity.
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* LandOfFaerie: The "Nether World" is the Icelandic variant of Faerie.
* NamelessNarrative: King Oddur is the only named character in the tale.
* OfferedTheCrown: The people plans to depose Oddur and make the winter-guest king, should Oddur try to have him executed. Yet Oddur, in parting, makes the winter-guest king himself.
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