History Literature / TheWeirdstoneOfBrisingamen

2nd Jul '16 10:57:13 AM mlsmithca
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Weirdstone starts out with a retelling of a local tale of the Wizard Under The Hill, who needed a white mare to complete his set of horses for the Sleepers. He buys one from a local farmer at market, and in the process, the farmer is taken to Fundindelve, the Cave of The Sleepers. Being an avaricious man, he steals away the Weirdstone from the cave, compromising the spells that keep the Sleepers from aging and dying.\\

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Weirdstone starts out with a retelling of a local tale of the Wizard Under The Hill, who needed a white mare to complete his set of horses for the Sleepers. He buys one from a local farmer at market, and in the process, the farmer is taken to Fundindelve, the Cave of The Sleepers. Being an avaricious man, he steals away the Weirdstone from the cave, compromising the spells that keep the Sleepers from aging and dying.\\
dying.
5th Mar '16 1:05:17 PM morenohijazo
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* WeirdWeather: The climactic action takes place in a world where "normal" rural Cheshire in England overlaps with the older Faerie world. Even though it is early spring, the Mara, a sort of ice troll, bring the "fimbulwinter" with them, seeking to trap the heroes in the open: the world is beset with a magically-generated blizzard and seasonally unrealistic snow, ice and subzero temperature. [[note]]Garner originally set the books in the very early 1960's, when Britain had a series of incredibly foul, cold, icy, winters. For ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'', the final book in the Alderley trilogy, he appears to have RetConned the action of ''Brisingamen'' to the spring of 1969 when a very late unseasonal winter surge gripped Northern Europe right into early April. [[/note]]



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2nd Jan '16 1:52:44 PM AgProv
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* EvilSmellsBad: The svart-alfar and Nastrond himself are both described as accompanied by a foul stench.

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* EvilSmellsBad: The svart-alfar svart-alfar, evil magician Grimnir, and Nastrond himself himself, are both all described as accompanied by a foul stench.



** Redesmere is a genuine lake in Cheshire. Lindow Moss exists at Wilmslow, but has since been swallowed up into Greater Manchester. A prehistoric "Bog Man" was discovered at Lindow, believed to be a human sacrifice from three thousand years ago; the bog naturally preserved and mummified the corpse. Hundreds of similar bodies have been wholly or partially recovered in Northern Europe. The dark magician Grimmnir is explicitly based, in looks and smell, on the Lindow Bog Man: the Aesop being that the price paid for eternal life was to look and smell like a zombified drowned corpse.

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** Redesmere is a genuine lake in Cheshire. Lindow Moss exists at Wilmslow, but has since been swallowed up into Greater Manchester. A prehistoric "Bog Man" was discovered at Lindow, believed to be a human sacrifice from three thousand years ago; the bog naturally preserved and mummified the corpse. Hundreds of similar bodies have been wholly or partially recovered in Northern Europe. The dark magician Grimmnir Grimnir is explicitly based, in looks and smell, on the Lindow Bog Man: the Aesop being that the price paid for eternal life was to look and smell like a zombified drowned corpse.
2nd Jan '16 1:48:47 PM AgProv
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** Redesmere is a genuine lake in Cheshire. Lindow Moss exists at Wilmslow, but has since been swallowed up into Greater Manchester. A prehistoric "Bog Man" was discovered at Lindow, believed to be a human sacrifice from three thousand years ago. The bog naturally preserved and mummified the corpse. Over a thousand similar bodies have been wholly or partially recovered in Northern Europe. The dark magician Grimmnir is explicitly based, in looks and smell, on the Lindow Bog Man: the Aesop being that the price paid for eternal life was to look and smell like a zombified drowned corpse.

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** Redesmere is a genuine lake in Cheshire. Lindow Moss exists at Wilmslow, but has since been swallowed up into Greater Manchester. A prehistoric "Bog Man" was discovered at Lindow, believed to be a human sacrifice from three thousand years ago. The ago; the bog naturally preserved and mummified the corpse. Over a thousand Hundreds of similar bodies have been wholly or partially recovered in Northern Europe. The dark magician Grimmnir is explicitly based, in looks and smell, on the Lindow Bog Man: the Aesop being that the price paid for eternal life was to look and smell like a zombified drowned corpse.
2nd Jan '16 1:47:42 PM AgProv
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Grimnir, brother of Cadellin. See the note about the Lindow Bog Man, above; Grimnir is a bog-preserved lich.
2nd Jan '16 1:45:27 PM AgProv
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** Redesmere is a genuine lake in Cheshire. Lindow Moss exists at Wilmslow, but has since been swallowed up into Greater Manchester. A prehistoric "Bog Man" was discovered at Lindow, believed to be a human sacrifice from three thousand years ago. The bog naturally preserved and mummified the corpse. Over a thousand similar bodies have been wholly or partially recovered in Northern Europe. The dark magician Grimmnir is explicitly based, in looks and smell, on the Lindow Bog Man: the Aesop being that the price paid for eternal life was to look and smell like a zombified drowned corpse.
1st Jan '16 8:29:54 AM AgProv
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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan is related to the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for. Continued in ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' (1963), with a long-delayed conclusion, of sorts, to the trilogy in ''Literature/{{Boneyard}}'' (2013).

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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan Susan's guardian Elizabeth Mossock is related to a direct descendant of the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom heirloom, bequeathed to her, which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for. Continued in ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' (1963), with a long-delayed conclusion, of sorts, to the trilogy in ''Literature/{{Boneyard}}'' ''Literature/{{Boneland}}'' (2013).
1st Jan '16 8:27:58 AM AgProv
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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan is related to the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for. Continued in ''The Moon Of Gomrath'' (1963), with a long-delayed conclusion, of sorts, to the trilogy in ''Boneyard'' (2013).

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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan is related to the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for. Continued in ''The Moon Of Gomrath'' ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'' (1963), with a long-delayed conclusion, of sorts, to the trilogy in ''Boneyard'' ''Literature/{{Boneyard}}'' (2013).
31st Dec '15 3:37:46 PM AgProv
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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan is related to the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for.

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Centuries later, Susan and Colin, the child-protagonists, are sent to stay with grumpy farmer Gowther Mossock and during their explorations of nearby Alderly Edge, come to encounter the wizard, Cadellin Silverbrow, who is the guardian of the Cave of The Sleepers. Unbeknownst to either the children or the wizard, Susan is related to the farmer whom Cadellin purchased the horse from; the stolen Weirdstone became a family heirloom which Susan wears around her wrist in a bracelet. Cadellin fails to notice the bracelet, but its significance is not lost on the malevolent Selina Place and her Morthbrood, who seek to bring about the return of Nastrond, the Spirit of Darkness whom the Sleepers banished centuries ago and whose return they were enchanted to wait for. Continued in ''The Moon Of Gomrath'' (1963), with a long-delayed conclusion, of sorts, to the trilogy in ''Boneyard'' (2013).
31st Dec '15 3:34:50 PM AgProv
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* TheFairFolk

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* TheFairFolkTheFairFolk: Garner's Elves are Dwarf-sized and represent the race as portrayed in Nordic and Celtic myth.



* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Alderly Edge, Macclesfield, Mobberly are all real places in Cheshire. Most of the places mentioned in the book along the Edge; The Wizard's Well, Golden Stone, the Beacon and so on are also real. See [[http://www.alderleyedge.org/index.htm here]] for more information.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Alderly Alderley Edge, Macclesfield, Mobberly Mobberly, Lindow and Wilmslow are all real places in Cheshire. Most of the places mentioned in the book along the Edge; The Wizard's Well, Golden Stone, the Beacon and so on are also real. See [[http://www.alderleyedge.org/index.htm here]] Although Garner is describing the Alderley Edge of fifty years ago, before it became a village for more information.people with lots of money and no taste. South Manchester has also encroached vastly in the fifty years since this book was written. The 2013 successor novel ''Boneyard'' is in part a TakeThat against the modern Alderley, an entity whose current incarnation is deeply loathed by the author.
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