History Literature / TheLongShips

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.
13th Dec '15 8:19:36 PM Fireblood
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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Or rather Swedish. Averted, since while Bengtsson wrote in the style of the sagas, he consciously used the formal academic grammar and spelling of the early 20th century that he had assimilated and become a master of. Ironically, the impact of the book was so big that most Swedish authors that set out to write historical fiction emulates him. Even if they know that it's anachronistic, and especially if they try to avoid it.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Or rather Swedish. Averted, since while Bengtsson wrote in the style of the sagas, he consciously used the formal academic grammar and spelling of the early 20th century that he had assimilated and become a master of. Ironically, the impact of the book was so big that most Swedish authors that set out to write historical fiction emulates emulate him. Even if they know that it's anachronistic, and especially if they try to avoid it.
13th Dec '15 8:19:07 PM Fireblood
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* ArmorIsUseless: Lampshaded and subverted. During the duel with Sigtrygg, Orm is injured and credits his Spanish mail shirt with his survival. Chapter two also gives us this:

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* ArmorIsUseless: Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} and subverted.{{subverted}}. During the duel with Sigtrygg, Orm is injured and credits his Spanish mail shirt with his survival. Chapter two also gives us this:



** Played straight in the comics. Only one single man, is ever seen wearing a shirt of mail.
* BadAss: Everyone. No exception. Special mention to Olof Summerbird who caught a javelin in flight and killed its owner with it.

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** Played straight in the comics. Only one single man, man is ever seen wearing a shirt of mail.
* BadAss: Everyone. No exception. Special mention goes to Olof Summerbird Summerbird, who caught a javelin in flight and killed its owner with it.



* TheCasanova: Subverted by Rainald. He tries to live in celibacy, but he can't keep hands hands off women, and vice versa...

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* TheCasanova: Subverted by Rainald. He tries to live in celibacy, but he can't keep hands his hands off women, and vice versa...



* CoolShip: Averted. The ships are barely mentioned, in spite of the title (which is the English translation only; the original Swedish is simply ''Röde Orm'')
* DecapitatedArmy: Styrbjörn's death at Uppsala. Justified since the whole point of the campaign was to make Styrbjörn king, and with him dead there wasn't much point in continuing.

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* CoolShip: Averted.{{Averted}}. The ships are barely mentioned, in spite of the title (which is the English translation only; the original Swedish is simply ''Röde Orm'')
* DecapitatedArmy: Styrbjörn's death at Uppsala. Justified [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the whole point of the campaign was to make Styrbjörn king, and with him dead there wasn't much point in continuing.



* GirlInABox: Toke smuggles a girl on a longship in a large chest.

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* GirlInABox: Toke smuggles a girl on a longship long ship in a large chest.



* ProudMerchantRace: The Gotlanders are (or at least present themselves as) honest merchants who won their fortune without resorting to the piracy and grand scale blackmail of their fellow Norsemen.
* PropheticNames: Inverted, characters are given names due to events or characteristics. Examples are Red Orm (Red hair and fiery temper) Olof Summerbird (colourful clothing), Kolbjörn Burnt-in-his-house (should be self-explanatory), Grinulf (GlasgowGrin), Harald Bluetooth (oversized blue eyeteeth) ...

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* ProudMerchantRace: The Gotlanders are (or at least present themselves as) honest merchants who won their fortune without resorting to the piracy and grand scale grand-scale blackmail of their fellow Norsemen.
* PropheticNames: Inverted, {{Inverted}}, characters are given names due to events or characteristics. Examples are Red Orm (Red hair and fiery temper) Olof Summerbird (colourful clothing), Kolbjörn Burnt-in-his-house (should be self-explanatory), Grinulf (GlasgowGrin), Harald Bluetooth (oversized blue eyeteeth) ...



* {{Seer}}: Åsa and Sone the Sharp-sighted, neither of whom conform to any of the usual Seer-tropes.

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* {{Seer}}: Åsa and Sone the Sharp-sighted, neither of whom conform to any of the usual Seer-tropes.seer tropes.



* TakeThat: Bengtsson detested the Nazis, which is probably the reason he included the sympatetic Jewish silversmith Salaman in the story.

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* TakeThat: Bengtsson detested the Nazis, which is probably the reason he included the sympatetic sympathetic Jewish silversmith Salaman in the story.
29th Nov '15 4:38:14 AM mrnickname
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** Played straight in the comics. Only one man is ever seen wearing a shirt of mail.

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** Played straight in the comics. Only one man single man, is ever seen wearing a shirt of mail.
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