History Literature / TheNameOfTheWind

5th Jul '17 12:09:43 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* CountryMatters: Simmon [[NarrativeProfanityFilter substitutes the word "bint"]] for what Ambrose called Fela, saying that the actual word shouldn't be repeated even under friendly circumstances.
23rd Jun '17 4:03:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* WritersCannotDoMath: When Kvothe takes his University entrance exam, the mathematics master asks for the length of the third side of a triangle with a sixty-degree angle between sides of 3 feet and 7 feet. Kvothe's answer, "Six feet six inches, dead even", is accepted as correct... except that the answer is actually the square root of 37, which is slightly less than six foot one inch. Even given that he's doing it in his head, he really should have known the answer was closer to 6 feet than 6.5 feet. Since the square root of 37 is irrational, there's no possible way for "six feet six inches" to be exactly correct, unless they use some strange sort of inch that's an irrational multiple of a foot.
** This was corrected in later editions.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: When In early editions, when Kvothe takes his University entrance exam, the mathematics master asks for the length of the third side of a triangle with a sixty-degree angle between sides of 3 feet and 7 feet. Kvothe's answer, "Six feet six inches, dead even", is accepted as correct... except that the answer is actually the square root of 37, which is slightly less than six foot one inch. Even given that he's doing it in his head, he really should have known the answer was closer to 6 feet than 6.5 feet. Since the square root of 37 is irrational, there's no possible way for "six feet six inches" to be exactly correct, unless they use some strange sort of inch that's an irrational multiple of a foot.
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foot. This passage was corrected in later editions.eventually corrected.
23rd Jun '17 4:01:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Kvothe learns a mental technique called Heart of Stone, which eliminates the users emotional response and lets them "sit at the funeral of their sister and feel nothing". He then doesn't use it ever in the following three years he spends trying to cope with emotional trauma while living on the streets. This is justified by Kvothe saying that he had blocked out large parts of his memories due to trauma, including much of his training with Abenthy, and that much of his analytical mind was "sleeping".
16th Jun '17 2:59:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DamselInDistress: Discussed when Fela talks about how much she hates this trope and how disgusted she is to find herself in need of rescuing.



* EyeScream: As [[StoryWithinAStory told by Skarpi]], after [[spoiler: Lanre's]] betrayal and the resulting devastation, Selitos stabs out his own eye in grief.

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* EyeScream: As [[StoryWithinAStory told by Skarpi]], after [[spoiler: Lanre's]] betrayal and the resulting devastation, Selitos stabs out his own eye in grief.so that it can never deceive him again.



* FaceHeelTurn: Lanre.
* FatalFlaw: Impatience seems to be Kvothe's fatal flaw. A hell of a lot of the trouble he gets himself into could have been avoided oh so easily if he's only bided his time. Most of the rest of the trouble he lands himself in can be put down to his pride and refusal to back down in his feud with Ambrose.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Lanre.
Lanre turns from his city's greatest hero to PersonOfMassDestruction bent on destroying reality.
* FatalFlaw: Impatience seems to be Kvothe's fatal flaw. A hell of a lot of the trouble he gets himself into could have been avoided oh so easily if he's only bided is recklessness. It derives from his time. Most of the rest of the trouble he lands himself impatience, overconfidence and impulsiveness, which always seem to be landing him in can be put down trouble. Elodin outright states that Kvothe is too reckless to become his pride and refusal to back down in his feud with Ambrose.student.



* FieryRedhead: Our hero.

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* FieryRedhead: Our hero.hero, who has distinctive "true red" hair and a very forceful personality.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it, as it's the first of a trilogy, but a minor (and tragic) example: the early discussion about knacks (unexplainable passive magical talents, essentially), and how those who had them used to be burned in the old days. It is then revealed that Trip, one of Kvothe's fellow troupe members, has the knack of [[BornLucky always rolling sevens]]. Seems like just a bit of world building, until [[spoiler: all seven Chandrian (it is hinted they usually only appear in small groups) attack the troupe, killing everyone. Trip's tent had been [[FridgeHorror dragged into the campfire.]]]] Yep, [[SarcasmMode lucky.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it, as it's the first of a trilogy, but a minor (and tragic) example: the early discussion about knacks (unexplainable passive magical talents, essentially), and how those who had them used to be burned in the old days. It is then revealed that Trip, one of Kvothe's fellow troupe members, has the knack of [[BornLucky always rolling sevens]]. Seems like just a bit of world building, until [[spoiler: all seven Chandrian (it is hinted they usually only appear in small groups) attack the troupe, killing everyone. Trip's tent had been [[FridgeHorror dragged into the campfire.]]]] Yep, [[SarcasmMode lucky.]]campfire]].



* SpoiledSweet: Simmon is the son of a nobleman, but is a consummate NiceGuy who can't say a bad word about anyone.



* TheStoic: Lorren. According to Simmon, Elxa Dal has a standing offer of 10 gold marks (100 silver talents) for anyone who can make Lorren laugh. So far, Kvothe has managed to make him barely smile ... once.

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* TheStoic: Lorren.Lorren almost never shows any emotion in his face or vocal inflection. According to Simmon, Elxa Dal has a standing offer of 10 gold marks (100 silver talents) for anyone who can make Lorren laugh. So far, Kvothe has managed to make him barely smile ... once.



* ToThePain: See BadassBoast above.
* TricksterMentor: Elodin... maybe.

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* ToThePain: See BadassBoast above.
Bast's threats to Chronicler are graphic and brutal.
* TricksterMentor: Elodin... maybe.Elodin doesn't teach in conventional means, saying that Names can't simply be described. He effectively has to trick his students into learning for themselves.



** [[UnusualEuphemism Tehlu anyway]], ''Ambrose''.
** Sovoy as well, but harmlessly and played for laughs.

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** [[UnusualEuphemism Tehlu anyway]], ''Ambrose''.
Ambrose thinks of himself as a gifted poet and musician, but he's really just a mediocre bully with money.
** Sovoy as well, is from a rich noble family and is self-centered enough to not realize when he's being condescending, but harmlessly and played for laughs.he doesn't mean any harm by it.



* WretchedHive: Tarbean.

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* WretchedHive: Tarbean.Tarbean's Waterside is the slum.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Kvothe's stage training failing him - see SecretTestOfCharacter above.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Kvothe's stage training failing causes him - see to mistake Elodin's SecretTestOfCharacter above.with a straightforward "leap of faith" scene. He fails painfully.
13th Jun '17 12:08:15 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Kvothe and Devi, to each other. Kvothe, the badass university legend, is a fifteen-year-old kid, and Devi, the ruthless loan shark, is a cute blonde girl.

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Kvothe and Devi, to each other. Kvothe, the badass university legend, is a fifteen-year-old kid, and Devi, the ruthless loan shark, is a cute blonde blond girl.
13th Jun '17 8:17:17 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* GilliganCut: After lying to Denna, Kvothe notes how good the lie is. He then breaks his narration and starts talking about how he's always been a fantastic liar. When he resumes his narration, Denna tells him that he's full of horseshit.
10th Jun '17 9:38:47 AM infernape612
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'''Put tropes that apply to the series as a whole in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'''''

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'''Put tropes that apply to the series as a whole in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'''''
''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'''''.
27th Jan '17 7:47:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: Not with real animals, but with fantastic ones: zombies are called 'shamblemen', for example.
** Other fantastic creatures actually are from our myths, but are called by obscure variants of their more common names -- for example, trolls are referred to as 'trow', which is what they're called in the Orkney and Shetland islands.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: Not with real animals, but with fantastic ones: zombies are called 'shamblemen', for example.
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example. Other fantastic creatures actually are from our myths, but are called by obscure variants of their more common names -- for example, trolls are referred to as 'trow', which is what they're called in the Orkney and Shetland islands.
22nd Jan '17 9:20:11 PM Escher
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: Not with real animals, but with fantastic ones: zombies and trolls are shamblemen and trow, for example.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: Not with real animals, but with fantastic ones: zombies and are called 'shamblemen', for example.
** Other fantastic creatures actually are from our myths, but are called by obscure variants of their more common names -- for example,
trolls are shamblemen referred to as 'trow', which is what they're called in the Orkney and trow, for example.Shetland islands.
11th Sep '16 10:10:08 PM PaulA
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The first of three novels in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle''. OrsonScottCard compares it favorably to the Literature/HarryPotter series; obvious similarities include their WizardingSchool settings and young protagonists. ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' starts out dark and remains that way. While there is humor, most of it comes in the form of Kvothe's GenreSavvy or occasional DeadpanSnarker tendencies rather than the absurdities of the magical world.

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The first of three novels in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle''. OrsonScottCard Creator/OrsonScottCard compares it favorably to the Literature/HarryPotter series; obvious similarities include their WizardingSchool settings and young protagonists. ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' starts out dark and remains that way. While there is humor, most of it comes in the form of Kvothe's GenreSavvy or occasional DeadpanSnarker tendencies rather than the absurdities of the magical world.
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