History Literature / TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant

26th Apr '17 1:59:32 AM Baeraad555
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** One "law" of traveling between The Land and the "real world" is that you will leave The Land in exactly the same physical condition in which you enter it. If you, say, have a broken leg when you enter The Land and then it heals when you are inside, something will happen to cause that leg to break again when it's time to leave. This becomes a big problem for Covenant in the Second Chronicles, because his entrance into The Land (at the beginning of ''The Wounded Land'') occurred shortly after his real-world body had been mortally wounded. Covenant knows what this implies, but Linden, who entered the Land while perfectly healthy, doesn't.

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** One "law" of traveling between The Land and the "real world" is that you will leave The Land in exactly the same physical condition in which you enter it. If you, say, have a broken leg when you enter The Land and then it heals when you are inside, something will happen to cause that leg to break again when it's time to leave. This becomes a big problem for Covenant in the Second Chronicles, because his entrance into The Land (at the beginning of ''The Wounded Land'') occurred shortly after his real-world body had been mortally wounded. Covenant knows what this implies, but Linden, who entered the Land while perfectly healthy, doesn't. In the Last Chronicles, Linden is in the same situation - having entered the land dying, she knows that one way or another she's there to stay.
21st Apr '17 1:51:04 AM Baeraad555
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Deconstructed in the first trilogy. It turns out that nothing and no one is completely uncorruptible, and being ''nearly'' so makes you incapable of living with or recovering from corruption when you do succumb to it. Learning to live with a certain amount of shame and inadequacy without letting it either [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope drive you to all-out villainy]] or [[HeroicBSOD traumatise you into inaction]] turns out to be the key to victory for both Covenant and the Lords.
21st Apr '17 1:29:55 AM Baeraad555
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** [[WordOfGod Donaldson himself has stated]] that the reason for his... ''eccentric'' vocabulary in the series is to convey a feeling of alienness, to better put the reader in the mindset of Covenant and Linden, both of whom frequently feel like the sheer otherworldliness of the Land is an active assault on their senses.
21st Apr '17 1:02:49 AM Baeraad555
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* LastNameBasis: No one (including the narration) calls Covenant by his first name except for Joan. Linden notes in the third series that even when she and Covenant were lovers, it never occurred to her to call him "Tom" or "Thomas" - "Covenant" always fit [[TheFettered her perception]] [[MeaningfulName of him]] too well for her to call him anything else.
6th Apr '17 2:48:00 PM Gitman
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** Elohim is a word for God in the Hebrew Old Testament, but the word is actually plural in the original language. Elohim in the ''Chronicles'' are beings of pure Earthpower, the closest things to gods in the setting aside from Foul and the Creator.
26th Feb '17 10:10:07 AM SorPepita
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** In the Second Chronicles, Findail is chosen by the other Elohim to accompany Linden and Covenant and eventually fulfill Vain's hidden purpose. Findail and the other Elohim know exactly what Vain's purpose is ([[spoiler: to fuse with an Elohim to form a new Staff of Law]]), and he is utterly depressed at the fate he has been "chosen" for.

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** In the Second Chronicles, Findail is chosen by the other Elohim to accompany Linden and Covenant and eventually fulfill Vain's hidden purpose. Findail and the other Elohim know exactly what Vain's purpose is ([[spoiler: to ([[spoiler:to fuse with an Elohim to form a new Staff of Law]]), and he is utterly depressed at the fate he has been "chosen" for.



* ElementalPowers Stone and wood powers are prominent, but there are more.

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* ElementalPowers ElementalPowers: Stone and wood powers are prominent, but there are more.



* MedievalStasis: And how! In the Second Chronicles, Covenant returns to the Land after ''four thousand years,'' and technology levels are essentially the same. It may be that the existence of magic and Lord Foul's machinations are responsible for the stasis. For example, in the backstory to the First Chronicles, Lord Kevin was the wisest and most powerful Lord in history. He sealed his vast accumulated knowledge in seven Wards of Lore before committing the Ritual of Desecration with Foul, setting advancement back thousands of years. In the time between the First and Second Chronicles, most of Kevin's Lore was recovered, then lost again, and the land was once again devastated by the Sunbane.

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* MedievalStasis: And how! In the Second Chronicles, Covenant returns to the Land after ''four thousand years,'' and technology levels are essentially the same. It may be that the existence of magic and Lord Foul's machinations are responsible for the stasis. For example, in the backstory to the First Chronicles, Lord Kevin was the wisest and most powerful Lord in history. He sealed his vast accumulated knowledge in seven Wards of Lore before committing the Ritual of Desecration with Foul, setting advancement back thousands of years. In the time between the First and Second Chronicles, most of Kevin's Lore was recovered, then lost again, and the land Land was once again devastated by the Sunbane.



* RomanticizedAbuse: Played for {{Squick}}.[[spoiler:In the second book, it's revealed that Lena never completely recovered from having been raped, and was no longer entirely sane, imagining herself as having been in a romantic relationship with her rapist, even though he is on another planet and does not reappear for decades.]] She does seem to recover her senses [[spoiler:in the third book, once she discovers that their daughter is dead, and Covenant essentially let her die (and/or helped it happen)]].

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* RomanticizedAbuse: Played for {{Squick}}. [[spoiler:In the second book, it's revealed that Lena never completely recovered from having been raped, and was no longer entirely sane, imagining herself as having been in a romantic relationship with her rapist, even though he is on another planet and does not reappear for decades.]] She does seem to recover her senses [[spoiler:in the third book, once she discovers that their daughter is dead, and Covenant essentially let her die (and/or helped it happen)]].



* UndeadAuthor: Discussed by WordOfGod; certain fans noted in the Gradual Interview that the story of Kevin, Foul, and the ritual of Desecration somehow got out, despite the fact that the only people present were Kevin (who died) and Foul (who isn't exactly on the Lords' dinner invite list). Donaldson noted that the Ravers probably spread the story on Foul's orders, since he found Kevin's DespairEventHorizon deeply fulfilling (and amusing) and wanted everyone to know about it.



* UndeadAuthor: Discussed by WordOfGod; certain fans noted in the Gradual Interview that the story of Kevin, Foul, and the ritual of desecration somehow got out, despite the fact that the only people present were Kevin (who died) and Foul (who isn't exactly on the Lords' dinner invite list). Donaldson noted that the Ravers probably spread the story on Foul's orders, since he found Kevin's DespairEventHorizon deeply fulfilling (and amusing) and wanted everyone to know about it.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave have carefully crafted their public image to make people think they use their BloodMagic to protect the people of the Land from the Sunbane, and even most of their initiates don't know the real truth: [[spoiler: that their leader is a Raver, and they're actually making the Sunbane ''worse'' and enforcing a dictatorial rule on the Land in the name of keeping it safe, all according to the designs of Lord Foul]].

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave have carefully crafted their public image to make people think they use their BloodMagic to protect the people of the Land from the Sunbane, and even most of their initiates don't know the real truth: [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that their leader is a Raver, and they're actually making the Sunbane ''worse'' and enforcing a dictatorial rule on the Land in the name of keeping it safe, all according to the designs of Lord Foul]].



** The insane ''elohim'' Kastenessen, Foul's partner in the third series, was forcibly converted into [[SealedEvilInACan a can for some sealed evils]] and has spent the last ten thousand years or so suffering while containing them. Now he's out, completely AxCrazy, and determined to repay his pain on his people, with the rest of the world as collateral damage if necessary.

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** The insane ''elohim'' ''Elohim'' Kastenessen, Foul's partner in the third series, was forcibly converted into [[SealedEvilInACan a can for some sealed evils]] and has spent the last ten thousand years or so suffering while containing them. Now he's out, completely AxCrazy, and determined to repay his pain on his people, with the rest of the world as collateral damage if necessary.
3rd Nov '16 4:20:50 PM dlchen145
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* PlanetOfHats: All the main races are rather hatty -- the Land's humans are all {{all loving|hero}}, the Giants are jovial but {{Badass}}, the Ramen all love [[CoolHorse the Ranyhyn]], the Insequent are wizards who WalkTheEarth, the Elohim are incredibly arrogant and think they have an OmniscientMoralityLicense, the Waynhim are TheAtoner, the Cavewights are AxeCrazy {{Mook}}s, the ur-viles are [[EnigmaticMinion enigmatic]] sorcerers, and the Haruchai are stoic [[ProudWarriorRace proud warriors]]. Of course, there are exceptions to all of these. WordOfGod notes that all the races, like the characters, were envisioned as archetypes; not all Giants (for example) are identical, but they ''do'' all draw on the same themes.

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* PlanetOfHats: All the main races are rather hatty -- the Land's humans are all {{all loving|hero}}, the Giants are jovial but {{Badass}}, badass, the Ramen all love [[CoolHorse the Ranyhyn]], the Insequent are wizards who WalkTheEarth, the Elohim are incredibly arrogant and think they have an OmniscientMoralityLicense, the Waynhim are TheAtoner, the Cavewights are AxeCrazy {{Mook}}s, the ur-viles are [[EnigmaticMinion enigmatic]] sorcerers, and the Haruchai are stoic [[ProudWarriorRace proud warriors]]. Of course, there are exceptions to all of these. WordOfGod notes that all the races, like the characters, were envisioned as archetypes; not all Giants (for example) are identical, but they ''do'' all draw on the same themes.
9th May '16 10:54:13 AM AnotherGuy
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* TaughtByExperience: The Giants from the homeland in the second trilogy are extremely awed by the wisdom that the Unhomed earned through their loss of home, and have a respect for Tom being dubbed "Giantfriend" by them.
6th May '16 12:37:03 AM GoldenSeals
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** Drool Rockworm is a Cavewight from the first book, who thinks he can use the Staff of Law and the Illearth Stone to become one of these. In truth, they're both far more powerful than he is and almost literally eat him up. [[spoiler:And he was just Foul's UnwittingPawn anyway]]. Depending on how far you're willing to stretch the term, all ur-vile loremasters and members of the Clave, as well as some Insequent, could count as well.

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** Drool Rockworm is a Cavewight from the first book, who thinks he can use the Staff of Law and the Illearth Stone to become one of these. In truth, they're both far more powerful than he is and almost literally eat him up. [[spoiler:And he was just Foul's UnwittingPawn anyway]]. Depending on how far you're willing to stretch the term, all ur-vile loremasters and members of the Clave, as well as some Insequent, could count as well.
26th Feb '16 8:51:03 PM AnotherGuy
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* IHaveManyNames: Lord Foul. Parodied in the first book, where Covenant asks Lord Foul what his name is: Lord Foul the Despiser, The Grey Slayer, Fangthane the Render, Satansheart Soulcrusher, Corruption, and A-Jeroth of the Seven Hells. After that list of names he then proceeds to hit Covenant with [[NotSoDifferent 'We are not so different, you and I...']]

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* IHaveManyNames: IHaveManyNames:
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Lord Foul. Parodied in the first book, where Covenant asks Lord Foul what his name is: Lord Foul the Despiser, The Grey Slayer, Fangthane the Render, Satansheart Soulcrusher, Corruption, and A-Jeroth of the Seven Hells. After that list of names he then proceeds to hit Covenant with [[NotSoDifferent 'We are not so different, you and I...']]']]
** Foul is not kidding, since Tom is given titles like The Unbeliever, Ringthane, Ringbearer, and so on. Heck, the Giants first dub him Giantfriend, then later ''Earth''friend. Tom isn't amused for the most part, not feeling worthy of those titles.
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