History Literature / TheThirteenthWarrior

30th Sep '17 8:04:13 PM ZerroDefex
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* OverlyLongName: When asked his name Ahmad starts giving his full lineage. The vikings get annoyed and decide to call him Ibn (Arabic for "son of") from then on.

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* OverlyLongName: When asked his name Ahmad starts giving his full lineage. The vikings get annoyed and decide to call him Ibn (Arabic for "son of") from then on.on, likely because they heard him repeating the word as he gave his name and assumed that it was an important part of it.
7th Aug '17 10:47:50 PM NoxSky12599
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: After (barely) surviving the Wendol's assault on the village, Ahmad is looking out at the devastation when Herger walks up to him with a flask of mead in hand. He offers Ahmad a cup, which he refuses on the grounds that alcohol made from grain or grapes is forbidden by his religion. Herger laughs and presses the cup into Ahmad's hand, telling him it's [[LoopholeAbuse made from honey.]] Ahmad stares at the cup for a long moment, then chugs it down.
12th Jul '17 5:47:43 PM appealus
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* CityMouse: Ahmad, who is, after all, a travelling writer in the book and banished court poet in the movie. It's adressed numerous times by different characters how unmanly and whiny he is.

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* CityMouse: Ahmad, who is, after all, a travelling writer in the book and banished court poet in the movie. It's adressed addressed numerous times by different characters how unmanly and whiny he is.
21st Apr '17 2:24:56 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Averted, and unlike typical case - with amazingly bad results for the story. Since most of characters are [[FlatCharacter completely underdeveloped]], there is no impact on their death, as ''they aren't even named in-story'' and some of them exist only in the DebutQueue scene.
-->'''Vladimir Kulich''': We shot for 10 months. We had ''plenty'' of time to establish characters.


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-->'''Vladimir Kulich''': You've got 13 characters that you don't develop fully. So when you start to lose them to the battles, you don't really care, because you are not connected to them. And I made a suggestion, which unfortunately didn't happen, 't was: we are on this boat. All you have to do is take a hand-held cam, walk around the boat as you travel and give each character 20 seconds. (...) But they never got that, so we lost a lot of characters in the first battle. You didn't knew who they were.
21st Apr '17 2:01:46 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The case of the Wendol queen mentioned above. She was originally a fat old woman, embodying the Wendol's "prehistoric Venus" stone figures.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The case of the Wendol queen mentioned above. She was originally a fat old woman, embodying the Wendol's "prehistoric Venus" stone figures. And it was done on ''Crichton's demant'', as he wanted Buliwyf to be DistractedByTheSexy a bit.
31st Mar '17 6:37:12 PM JulianLapostat
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* TheLowMiddleAges: The action takes places somewhere during the Viking Age.

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* TheLowMiddleAges: The action takes places somewhere during the Viking Age.UsefulNotes/TheVikingAge.
20th Mar '17 6:37:58 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: After Ahmad shows off his skills with a sabre and eventually points his blade at still sceptical Weath, he, without blinking, asks if he can give the cut-down sword to his daughter after Ahmad gets himself killed. Everyone cracks up, including Ahmad himself.
20th Mar '17 6:09:21 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* BearsAreBadNews: The Wendol [[spoiler: intentionally invoke this as part of their disguise, weapons and style of fighting]].

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* BearsAreBadNews: The Wendol [[spoiler: intentionally invoke this as part of their disguise, weapons and style of fighting]].fighting. It is later used ''against them'' when Ahmad asks the Norse how do they hunt for bears, thus leading to realisation they need to find a cave system large enough for entire tribe to live in it]].
20th Mar '17 6:07:00 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AdaptationDistillation: Of ''Beowulf''.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Of ''Beowulf''. ''Beowulf'', swiftly combined with writings of Ahmad ibn Fadlan.



* ArtisticLicenseBlacksmithing: Oh, were to begin. The gravest error would be when Ahmed, unable to wield a Viking broadsword, uses a grindstone to turn it into a scimitar in a very brief period of time. Ignoring the fact that Arabs at the time used broadswords as well and not scimitars (adopted from the Turks several hundred years later), this sort of transformation would not be possible. Doing so would first require the blade to be heated and hammered into its new shape. Attempting to transform the blade by only grinding would make the sword exceptionally fragile. It would also take even a trained blacksmith much longer, days or weeks, to do so.
** The plate armors worn by Buliwyf and Helfdane would not be invented for another six hundred years. Helfdane's helmet is the same, being a Spanish morion helmet.



* BearsAreBadNews

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* BearsAreBadNewsBearsAreBadNews: The Wendol [[spoiler: intentionally invoke this as part of their disguise, weapons and style of fighting]].



* CityMouse: Ahmad

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* CityMouse: AhmadAhmad, who is, after all, a travelling writer in the book and banished court poet in the movie. It's adressed numerous times by different characters how unmanly and whiny he is.
* ChekhovsLecture: The explaination behind Thunder Cliffs and the sound they make. It comes to play in the final act, when [[spoiler: the remaining warriors are trapped deep in a cave system and suddenly start hearing thunders. What starts as a joke about incoming rain quickly turns as a way of figuring out escape route through a surf]].



* CoolSword: Ahmad's scimitar.

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* CoolSword: Ahmad's scimitar. scimitar, which is basically a Norse broadsword ''grinded down'' into a sabre. It still has a hilt of a broadsword, giving it an uncanny look and is absurdly sharp, making up for Ahmad's lacking strength.



* DarkActionGirl: The tribe's queen, in the film version.
* DecapitatedArmy: First the tribe's queen, then their general.

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* DarkActionGirl: The tribe's queen, at least in the film version.
* DecapitatedArmy: First the tribe's queen, then their general. It's lampshaded by a local oracle when giving cryptic advices to remaining warriors.



* EmbarrassingNickname: Ahmad is initially referred to by the northmen as "Ibn", which means "son of" in Arabic. Later on Herger starts affectionately referring to Ahmad as "little brother."
* {{Expy}}: Buliwyf for Beowulf

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Ahmad is initially referred to by the northmen as "Eben, a mispronounced "Ibn", which means "son of" in Arabic. Later on Herger starts affectionately referring to Ahmad as "little brother."
* {{Expy}}: Buliwyf for BeowulfBeowulf.



* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:Buliwyf]]

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* HeroicSecondWind: [[spoiler:Buliwyf]][[spoiler:Downplayed with Buliwyf, who still shows up for the final battle despite being fataly poisoned and barely walking, but it's obvious for everyone he won't last long regardless of circumstances]].



* TheHorde: The Wendol.

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* TheHorde: The Wendol.Wendol, who have number big enough to [[spoiler: be taken for a "fire wyrm" when they move with torches in a myst. There are apparently hundreds of them, if not more]].



* JumpedAtTheCall: The other 12 warriors.

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* JumpedAtTheCall: The other 12 warriors.warriors, who eagerly embark for the quest.



* TheLowMiddleAges

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* TheLowMiddleAgesTheLowMiddleAges: The action takes places somewhere during the Viking Age.



* MillionMookMarch: [[spoiler:The "fire wyrm".]]
* NoEnding: The manuscript, and thus the book, ends just before Ahmad ibn Fadlan is about to embark on a new adventure. And the in-universe commentary is [[AndTheAdventureContinues extremely blunt]] about how to interpret it.

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* MillionMookMarch: [[spoiler:The "fire wyrm".wyrm" is in fact ''hundreds'' of mounted warriors, each carrying a torch.]]
* NoEnding: The manuscript, and thus the book, ends just before Ahmad ibn Fadlan is about to embark on a new adventure. And adventure, practically in the in-universe commentary is [[AndTheAdventureContinues extremely blunt]] about how to interpret it.middle of



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfitsRagtagBunchOfMisfits: The only thing the 13 share in common is being embarked on the same quest. The vikings get along pretty fast, most of them already knowing each other, but for Ahmad it takes most of the story to finally start getting along.



* YouCantFightFate: When the Northmen's oracle decrees Ahmad is to be the 13th warrior, his protests are ignored.

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* YouCantFightFate: When the Northmen's oracle decrees Ahmad is to be the 13th warrior, his protests are completely ignored.
21st Jan '17 10:41:30 PM lorgskyegon
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* ArtisticLicenseBlacksmithing: Oh, were to begin. The gravest error would be when Ahmed, unable to wield a Viking broadsword, uses a grindstone to turn it into a scimitar in a very brief period of time. Ignoring the fact that Arabs at the time used broadswords as well and not scimitars (adopted from the Turks several hundred years later), this sort of transformation would not be possible. Doing so would first require the blade to be heated and hammered into its new shape. Attempting to transform the blade by only grinding would make the sword exceptionally fragile. It would also take even a trained blacksmith much longer, days or weeks, to do so.
** The plate armors worn by Buliwyf and Helfdane would not be invented for another six hundred years. Helfdane's helmet is the same, being a Spanish morion helmet.
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