History Literature / TheBrokenSword

20th Mar '16 5:07:58 PM Exxolon
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Not related to the ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' video game series.
15th Dec '15 12:49:37 PM porphyre77
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of Skaflocs'child after have been claimed by Odin is unknown.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of Skaflocs'child Skaflocs' [[spoiler:and Freda's]] child after have been claimed by Odin is unknown.
15th Dec '15 12:46:25 PM porphyre77
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of Skaflocs'child after have been claimed by Odin is unknown.
29th Sep '15 8:30:01 AM LahmacunKebab
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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to Myth/{{Norse mythology}}, Myth/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.

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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to Myth/{{Norse mythology}}, Myth/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', ''The Saga of Eric Brighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.
23rd Sep '15 4:55:21 PM nombretomado
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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse mythology}}, Myth/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.

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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse Myth/{{Norse mythology}}, Myth/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.
21st Sep '14 3:19:49 AM darkpast
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The novel has been praised for its well-written female characters (particularly when its age is taken into account).

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The novel has been praised for its well-written female characters (particularly when its age is taken into account).
account). It is also notable for using a very similar body of mythological traditions to Literature/TheLordOfTheRings, but weaving a very different story for it. The novel's general tone is quite dark and violent, and the characters often feel like pieces on a vast chessboard - just like the ancient Norse believed, YouCantFightFate very much applies here.
14th Sep '14 6:27:35 AM utherdoul
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** In the 1971 revision, the witch also makes a deal with [[spoiler: Odin], masquerading as the Devil. Satan only appears to laugh at her mistake.

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** In the 1971 revision, the witch also makes a deal with [[spoiler: Odin], Odin]], masquerading as the Devil. Satan only appears to laugh at her mistake.
14th Sep '14 6:26:59 AM utherdoul
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** In the 1971 revision, the witch also makes a deal with [[spoiler: Odin], masquerading as the Devil. Satan only appears to laugh at her mistake.
10th Sep '14 12:40:59 PM StFan
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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse mythology}}, UsefulNotes/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.

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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse mythology}}, UsefulNotes/CelticMythology, Myth/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.
10th Aug '14 1:07:08 PM darkpast
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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse mythology}}. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.

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The novel is set during the Viking Age and the story contain many references to {{Norse mythology}}. mythology}}, UsefulNotes/CelticMythology, and even a couple of mentions of more exotic (to Europeans) mythical creatures. It was influenced by the 1891 novel ''Literature/TheSagaOfEricBrighteyes'', by Creator/HRiderHaggard.
Creator/HRiderHaggard.

Anderson wrote the book during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and it does reflect on the story. For example, the Elf-Troll conflict is basically a proxy war between two great powers, the Aesir and the Jotuns; the latter two do not fight directly because that would lead to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], the final battle in which most of the world would be destroyed. The parallel to the real-world threat of nuclear war is obvious. Even the titular sword may be an allusion to nuclear weapons; Skafloc contemplates throwing the sword into the sea, but realizes someone - probably much less moral than himself - would eventually find and use it.



* ChangelingTale
* TheChessmaster: Imric... but even he's an amateur compared to Odin.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Anderson wrote this book during that time period, and some of it does reflect on the story. For example, the Elf-Troll conflict is basically a proxy war between two great powers, the Aesir and the Jotuns; the latter two do not fight directly because that would lead to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], the final battle in which most of the world would be destroyed. The parallel to the real-world threat of nuclear war is obvious.
** Another example is the scene where Skafloc contemplates throwing the titular sword into the sea, but decides against it because he knows it would find its way back into mortal hands. Again, this reflects the danger and proliferation of nuclear weapons in real life - getting rid of them just isn't possible in the current circumstances, despite the fact that they threaten humanity's very existence.

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* ChangelingTale
ChangelingTale: Skafloc is raised by Elves, while Valgard ends up living among the Trolls.
* TheChessmaster: Imric... Imric is fond of complex and grandiose schemes... but even he's an amateur compared to Odin.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: Anderson wrote this book during that time period, and some of it does reflect on the story. For example, the Elf-Troll conflict is basically a proxy war between two great powers, the Aesir and the Jotuns; the latter two do not fight directly because that would lead to [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], the final battle in which most of the world would be destroyed. The parallel to the real-world threat of nuclear war is obvious.
** Another example is the scene where Skafloc contemplates throwing the titular sword into the sea, but decides against it because he knows it would find its way back into mortal hands. Again, this reflects the danger and proliferation of nuclear weapons in real life - getting rid of them just isn't possible in the current circumstances, despite the fact that they threaten humanity's very existence.
Odin.



* DownerEnding.

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* DownerEnding.DownerEnding: Most characters end up dead or worse. In addition, it is practically flat-out stated that all the supernatural races, even the Aesir gods, are doomed to die out.



* EvilWeapon: The titular sword.

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* EvilWeapon: The titular sword. So evil that Thor himself broke it aeons ago, to prevent it from striking at the roots of Yggdrasil, the mythical tree that binds the worlds together.



* ForgingScene: Involving the titular sword, unsurprisingly.

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* ForgingScene: Involving the titular sword, unsurprisingly. It's quite creepy, as befits such an evil weapon.



* HornyVikings: In all their gory glory.

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* HornyVikings: In all their gory glory. However, they are portrayed in a reasonably realistic manner (and don't wear horned helms into battle).



* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Averted with Skafloc.

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* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Averted with Skafloc.Skafloc, who has no trouble accepting a female warrior (society in general disproves, though).



* PurpleEyes: The goddess Fand is described as having violet eyes.

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* PurpleEyes: The goddess Fand is described as having violet eyes. And indeed, she has a rather unusual and mysterious personality.



* UltimateBlacksmith: The ice-giant Bolverk.

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* UltimateBlacksmith: The ice-giant Bolverk.Bolverk, the only one who can reforge the titular sword.
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