History Literature / TheEyesOfTheDragon

2nd Jun '16 2:29:45 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Flagg's spellbook, which drives you mad if you read it too long, was written by [[HPLovecraft Alhazred, in the land of Leng]].

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* ShoutOut: Flagg's spellbook, which drives you mad if you read it too long, was written by [[HPLovecraft [[Creator/HPLovecraft Alhazred, in the land of Leng]].
6th May '16 2:04:00 AM erana
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*HeroOfAnotherStory: One of the Lesser Wardens is hinted to be so: [[spoiler: We never get to hear from him again.]]
-->'''Narrator:''' ''...in fact one of them went to the Church of the Great Gods the very next day and embraced his religion again, and eventually became a priest. This man's name was Curran, and I may tell you of him in another story.''



* SequelHook: The novel ends [[spoiler:with the statement that Dennis and Thomas eventually found and confronted Flagg, but that it is a tale for another day. ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'' makes reference to this, but almost three decades after the novel's initial publication the plotline is still dangling.]]

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* SequelHook: SequelHook:
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The novel ends [[spoiler:with the statement that Dennis and Thomas eventually found and confronted Flagg, but that it is a tale for another day. ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheThree'' makes reference to this, but almost three decades after the novel's initial publication the plotline is still dangling.]]]]
** Also, see HeroOfAnotherStory above.
6th May '16 1:41:10 AM erana
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: King Roland, of all people]]. He's an balding, bandy-legged, paunchy, bumbling fool in his early sixties whose low self-esteeem makes him easily manipulable by his [[BigBad evil advisor]]. He's also [[spoiler: the world's best hunter, one who calmly one-shots a ''dragon'' that was already about to breathe fire on him]], and even [[spoiler: ''Flagg'']] is actually ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes scared shitless]]'' of what [[spoiler: Roland]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge would do]] if ever [[PapaWolf decided]] to hunt ''him.''

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: King Roland, of all people]]. He's an a balding, bandy-legged, paunchy, bumbling fool in his early sixties whose low self-esteeem makes him easily manipulable by his [[BigBad evil advisor]]. He's also [[spoiler: the world's best hunter, one who calmly one-shots a ''dragon'' that was already about to breathe fire on him]], and even [[spoiler: ''Flagg'']] is actually ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes scared shitless]]'' of what [[spoiler: Roland]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge would do]] if ever [[PapaWolf decided]] to hunt ''him.''
6th May '16 1:39:49 AM erana
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: King Roland, of all people]]. He's an balding, bandy-legged, paunchy, bumbling fool in his early sixties whose low self-esteeem makes him easily manipulable by his [[BigBad evil advisor]]. He's also [[spoiler: the world's best hunter, one who calmly one-shots a ''dragon'' that was already about to breathe fire on him]], and even [[spoiler: ''Flagg'']] is actually ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes scared shitless]]'' of what [[spoiler: Roland]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge would do]] if ever [[PapaWolf decided]] to hunt ''him.''
15th Jan '16 9:58:12 PM nombretomado
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* CanonWelding: Flagg first appeared in ''TheStand''.

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* CanonWelding: Flagg first appeared in ''TheStand''.''Literature/TheStand''.
3rd Nov '15 7:10:03 AM Gitman
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Flagg's [[TheChessmaster chessmastering]] veers into GambitRoulette at times, and it comes back to bite him in at least two ways:
** He shows Thomas the peephole behind the dragon's head, in the hopes that Thomas will spy on his father and learn contempt for him. It works, but [[spoiler:it also allows Thomas to see Flagg poisoning Roland]].
** He encourages Roland to marry Sasha, a very young, naïve girl from a minor noble house, in the hopes that she will be easily manipulated. See PerfectlyArrangedMarriage for how this turned out. Sasha also gave birth to Peter and Thomas, who both had a hand in his downfall.
10th Sep '15 7:49:41 PM zymish
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* UnreliableNarrator: ZigZagged. It's unclear if the narrator is an in-universe figure writing a historical document, or an omniscient narrator. At times he acknowledges that he doesn't know something (such as Flagg's origin), but other times he gives information he should have no way of knowing (such as several previous times Flagg visited the kingdom). It could be argued he was simply spice up the story with speculation presented as fact.

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* UnreliableNarrator: ZigZagged. It's unclear if the narrator is an in-universe figure writing a historical document, or an omniscient narrator. At times he acknowledges that he doesn't know something (such as Flagg's origin), but other times he gives information he should have no way of knowing (such as several previous times Flagg visited the kingdom). It could be argued that he was simply spice spicing up the story with speculation presented as fact.
5th Jun '15 10:26:57 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* KickTheDog: Almost literally; during his childhood Thomas has a brief, rather evil moment when he finds a starving dog and, while briefly tempted to adopt it as a pet and nurse it back to health like Peter did with his lame horse, instead thinks "what if the dog was Peter?" and [[KidsAreCruel stones it to death]]. No-one witnesses it except Flagg through his scrying crystal, but seeing it pleases him greatly.


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** In something of a subversion of the trope, it's not clear that anyone ''actually'' thinks this- just that Thomas ''believes'' they do. Roland at least certainly doesn't.
5th Jun '15 10:21:58 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Complicated example with Roland and Sasha, and it actually affects the disposition of their children. They have a mostly loving and satisfying relationship, but Roland is older and not particularly interested in sex, so he makes frequent use of [[LovePotion Love Potions]] to be able to perform. One of the few times he doesn't need one - his moment of glory after slaying the last dragon - is the time Peter is conceived. Thomas, on the other hand, is conceived after Roland drinks an extra strong potion and engages in a violent, joyless moment of what is possibly martial rape.

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Complicated example with Roland and Sasha, and it actually affects the disposition of their children. They have a mostly loving and satisfying relationship, but Roland is older and not particularly interested in sex, so he makes frequent use of [[LovePotion Love Potions]] to be able to perform. One of the few times he doesn't need one - his moment of glory after slaying the last dragon - is the time Peter is conceived. Thomas, on the other hand, is conceived after Roland drinks an extra strong potion and engages in a violent, joyless moment of what is possibly martial marital rape.
3rd Apr '15 1:32:29 PM bkitu
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* [[PlayingAgainstType Writing Against Type]]: From [[StephenKing The Guy]] who brought us [[Literature/TheShining a Haunted Hotel]], [[Literature/{{Christine}} an Evil Car]], [[Literature/{{It}} a Monster Clown]] and [[Literature/{{Carrie}} a Shrinking Violet with Psychic Powers]], brings us a High Fantasy Novel.

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* [[PlayingAgainstType Writing Against Type]]: From [[StephenKing The Guy]] who brought us [[Literature/TheShining a Haunted Hotel]], [[Literature/{{Christine}} an Evil Car]], [[Literature/{{It}} a Monster Clown]] and [[Literature/{{Carrie}} a Shrinking Violet with Psychic Powers]], brings us a High Fantasy Novel.
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