History Literature / TheLongShips

8th Nov '17 5:47:29 AM Divra
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* CulturedBadass: While celebrating Yule at king Harald's it is mentioned that it is considered unbecoming for a true Viking warrior to not understand poetry. In the same scene Toke (who prided himself on his skill with verse) breaks down crying, when he hears a poem by one of Styrbjörn's Icelanders and realizes he will never be that good.
** Both Orm and Toke, who are acknowledged as exceptionally badass even by Viking standards, are also both decent amateur poets. Orm is also noted from early on as being a very good storyteller.
2nd Oct '17 3:34:13 AM Divra
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* LongLostRelative: Are to Orm, and Orm to Åsa.

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* LongLostRelative: Are to Orm, and Orm to Åsa.¨
* MyBelovedSmother: Åsa, having lost three sons to various unfortunate mishaps, tends to mother Orm quite vigorously, preventing him from going raiding with his brother and father, and leaving him with something of a hypochondriacal streak.
20th Jun '17 11:56:32 AM mrnickname
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Was adapted into a series of four ComicBook-albums, between 1999-2004, by Charlie Christensen of ComicBook/ArneAnka fame. A movie adaptation was made by Hollywood in 1963, [[AdaptationDecay which more or less had nothing to do with the source material except the name.]] A new movie as well a a TV-series have been in the planning stages since the 80's and in DevelopmentHell since 2011.

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Was adapted into a series of four ComicBook-albums, between 1999-2004, by Charlie Christensen of ComicBook/ArneAnka fame. A movie adaptation was made by Hollywood in 1963, [[AdaptationDecay which more or less had nothing to do with the source material except the name.]] It has also been performed as a RadioDrama in the 90's.

A new movie as well a as a TV-series have has been in the planning stages talked about since the 80's and in DevelopmentHell since 2011.2011. Originally, a Swedish company was going to do it, but the rights were then sold to [[Creator/LarsVonTrier Lars Von Triers]] company, Zentropa. So far there's been no movie, but it was turned into a stage play, which apparently was the biggest one in Danish theater history.
28th Oct '16 3:32:13 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Everyone. No exception. Special mention goes to Olof Summerbird, who caught a javelin in flight and killed its owner with it.
** Orm is regarded as one at a higher and higher degree throughout the book soon after Krok and his men are captured. Peaks when he [[spoiler: kills two berserks with a broom handle]].



* CatchAndReturn: One of the more plausible examples. Olof Summerbird manages to catch a thrown spear and throw it back. This freaks out both his friends and enemies. When queried, he claims it's just something he learned and can't unlearn. He also says he doesn't tell people about it after one of his cousins was severely wounded trying to repeat the trick. This is another ShoutOut to the Norse sagas, where really {{Badass}} characters sometimes do this.

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* CatchAndReturn: One of the more plausible examples. Olof Summerbird manages to catch a thrown spear and throw it back. This freaks out both his friends and enemies. When queried, he claims it's just something he learned and can't unlearn. He also says he doesn't tell people about it after one of his cousins was severely wounded trying to repeat the trick. This is another ShoutOut to the Norse sagas, where really {{Badass}} badass characters sometimes do this.
11th Oct '16 1:18:30 PM Divra
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* SituationalSouthpaw: Orm. After being a galley slave for years, and always rowing a port-side oar, he was "put right-handed to the oar and taken away left-handed". It is noted that he prefers to throw javelins with his right hand, but uses his left for anything else. It is also remarked that this makes fighting more difficult both for him and whoever he's facing, since neither man can position his shield quite properly.


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*TheSouthpaw: Orm is of the situational variety. After being a galley slave for years, and always rowing a port-side oar, he was "put right-handed to the oar and taken away left-handed". It is noted that he prefers to throw javelins with his right hand throughout his life, but uses his left for anything else. It is also remarked that this makes fighting more difficult both for him and whoever he's facing, since neither man can position his shield quite properly.
11th Oct '16 1:16:25 PM Divra
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* SituationalSouthpaw: Orm. After being a galley slave for years, and always rowing a port-side oar, he was "put right-handed to the oar and taken away left-handed". It is noted that he prefers to throw javelins with his right hand, but uses his left for anything else. It is also remarked that this makes fighting more difficult both for him and whoever he's facing, since neither man can position his shield quite properly.



* TheSouthpaw: Orm. It is remarked that this makes fighting more difficult both for him and whoever he's facing, since neither man can position his shield quite properly.
9th Aug '16 6:53:45 PM Jeroic
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** Orm is regarded as one at a higher and higher degree throughout the book soon after Krok and his men are captured. Peaks when he [[spoiler: kills two berserks with a broom handle]].
13th Jul '16 4:51:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Orm.
7th Jul '16 12:34:24 AM morenohijazo
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* ProphecyArmor: The eleven sons of Sone who join Orm's voyage to Russia receive a prophecy from their father that only seven of them will return to him. When four of them have died, the remaining brothers start to behave with utmost recklessness in combat, because, having absolute trust in their father's clairvoyance, they believe they cannot be killed as long as they do not return home. Even though they are somewhat dismayed by the realization that they still can be wounded, when Orm returns to Scania they decide to stay with Orm and do some more adventuring instead of going home, because in that case their lives would be no longer protected by the prophecy.



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8th Jan '16 10:35:20 AM Berrenta
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* GalleySlave: A couple of years of this is the reason why Orm is left-handed.


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* SlaveGalley: A couple of years in this is the reason why Orm is left-handed.
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