History Literature / TheWormOuroboros

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Foliots are named after an obscure type of poltergeist-like spirit. They don't really have anything in common with these beings, though.
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A HighFantasy novel written by Eric Rücker Eddison in 1922, [[UrExample predating]] the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by more than 30 years, ''The Worm Ouroboros'' presents a sort of transitional text between classic high romance and modern fantasy. The novel focuses on a long war between Witchland (under King Gorice) and Demonland (led by Lord Juss and his brothers) in a fictional version of the planet Mercury, inspired primarily by [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Norse sagas]] and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology]]. A notable similarity to LOTR is that both novels feature a heroic quest (Juss and Brandoch Daha's quest to rescue Goldry Bluszco) against the backdrop of a protracted war.

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A HighFantasy novel written by Eric Rücker Eddison in 1922, [[UrExample predating]] the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by more than 30 years, ''The Worm Ouroboros'' presents a sort of transitional text between classic high romance and modern fantasy. The novel focuses on a long war between Witchland (under King Gorice) and Demonland (led by Lord Juss and his brothers) in a fictional version of the planet Mercury, inspired primarily by [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Norse sagas]] and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology]].Myth/ClassicalMythology. A notable similarity to LOTR is that both novels feature a heroic quest (Juss and Brandoch Daha's quest to rescue Goldry Bluszco) against the backdrop of a protracted war.
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A HighFantasy novel written by Eric Rücker Eddison in 1922, [[UrExample predating]] the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by more than 30 years. The novel focuses on a long war between Witchland (under King Gorice) and Demonland (led by Lord Juss and his brothers) in a fictional version of the planet Mercury, inspired primarily by [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Norse sagas]]. Another similarity to LOTR is that both novels feature a heroic quest (Juss and Brandoch Daha's quest to rescue Goldry Bluszco) against the backdrop of a protracted war.

Note that the names "Demons", "Witches", "Imps", "Pixies" etc. do not have their traditional meaning. Rather, they are more like nations, and are able to interbreed. Basically, they're all either humans or RubberForeheadAliens.

Despite drawing on similar sources as Creator/JRRTolkien's masterwork, Eddison's world contrasts strongly in tone and morality: it is a world of ChivalricRomance high and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warriors]] who believe the [[MartyrdomCulture best way to die is on the field of battle]]. WarIsGlorious and without valiant heroes and great battles the world would be quite boring. Another difference between those two novels is that Eddison's world is made largely ''ad hoc'' by mixing elements of various Mythologies (primarily Norse and ancient Greek, but also some Arabic and Arthurian) and assigning names almost randomly. This was the main complaint Tolkien had about the novel, but he praised it overall nevertheless, particularly its originality. As the man said: "The greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read." Finally, although both LOTR and The Worm Ouroboros contain a number of poems, Tolkien's poems are his own creations, while Eddison's novel incorporated actual early modern poems (all properly credited).

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A HighFantasy novel written by Eric Rücker Eddison in 1922, [[UrExample predating]] the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by more than 30 years. years, ''The Worm Ouroboros'' presents a sort of transitional text between classic high romance and modern fantasy. The novel focuses on a long war between Witchland (under King Gorice) and Demonland (led by Lord Juss and his brothers) in a fictional version of the planet Mercury, inspired primarily by [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Norse sagas]]. Another sagas]] and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology]]. A notable similarity to LOTR is that both novels feature a heroic quest (Juss and Brandoch Daha's quest to rescue Goldry Bluszco) against the backdrop of a protracted war.

Note that the names "Demons", "Witches", "Imps", "Pixies" etc. do not have their traditional meaning. Rather, they are more like nations, and are able to interbreed. Basically, they're all either humans or RubberForeheadAliens.

Despite drawing on similar sources as Creator/JRRTolkien's masterwork, Eddison's world contrasts strongly in tone and morality: it is a world of ChivalricRomance high and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warriors]] warriors]][[note]]with the notable exception of the scholarly Lord Gro[[/note]] who believe the [[MartyrdomCulture best way to die is on the field of battle]]. WarIsGlorious and without valiant a constant struggle against a worthy foe the lives of heroes and great battles the world would be quite boring. become meaningless. Another difference between those two novels LOTR and The Worm Ouroboros is that Eddison's world is made largely ''ad hoc'' by mixing elements of various Mythologies (primarily Norse and ancient Greek, but also some Arabic and Arthurian) and assigning names almost randomly. This was the main complaint Tolkien had about the novel, but he praised it overall nevertheless, particularly its originality. As the man said: "The greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read." Finally, although both LOTR and The ''The Worm Ouroboros Ouroboros'' contain a number of poems, Tolkien's poems are his own creations, while Eddison's novel incorporated actual early modern poems (all properly credited).
credited).

Note that the names "Demons", "Witches", "Imps", "Pixies" etc. do not have their traditional meaning. Rather, they are more like nations, and are able to interbreed. Basically, they're all either humans or RubberForeheadAliens. This fact, together with some of the character's names, stem from the author's childhood. As an adult, he actually revived the heroes of his childhood stories and wrote an entire novel about them, and it seems he simply didn't have the heart to change their names, even if they sounded childish.



* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: Corsus]] betrays and poisons the other lords of Witchland, hoping to save his own skin when the Demons storm the citadel they're hiding in.



* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Gorice, we must assume.]]

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* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Gorice, we must assume. Though the ending implies he'll come back.]]
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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Gorice XII]] falls victim to his own [[spoiler:sorcery.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Gorice XII]] falls victim to his own [[spoiler:sorcery.]]]] After poisoning several other characters,[[spoiler:Corsus]] dies when his plan to poison the other lords of Witchland backfires.



* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler:La Fireez]] and [[spoiler:Laxus]] are killed in a naval battle that's not directly described. The former's death is revealed quite a bit later, and only mentioned in passing.



* LastStand: Corund.

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* LastStand: Corund. Corund and his troops make a HeroicSacrifice to provide cover for the remaining Witchland troops to withdraw to Carcë.


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* LikeFatherLikeSon: Corund's sons are brave and honourable. Corsus sons, though we see very little of them, seem to be cruel and scheming like their father.
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* BookEnds: The main storyline begins and ends with and ends with an envoy from Witchland arriving to Demonland. In addition, there's an attack on Carc&euml near the beginning and another one near the end of the book.
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* AnimalMotifs: The symbol of Witchland is a crab.



* LadyOfWar: Mevrian, at need.

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* LadyOfWar: Mevrian, at need. Assisted by the enthusiastic but unskilled Lord Gro, she holds her own in a sword fight against six Witches for a while.



* LeanAndMean: Gorice XII. He's described as tall and thin, but with strong muscles.



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: The more honorable Witchland nobles have this attitude.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: The more honorable Witchland nobles nobles, such as Laxus and Corund and his sons, have this attitude.attitude.
* MythicalMotifs: The symbol of Demonland is a Hippogriff. Ouroboros, among other things, is a symbol of King Gorice [[spoiler:because he can reincarnate after death]].



* OnlySaneMan: Lord Gro can come across as this, as the only major character who isn't a BloodKnight to some degree.

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* OnlySaneMan: Lord Gro can come across as this, as the only major character who isn't a BloodKnight to some degree. Most notably, he tries to convince the Demons to eliminate the worst Witchland leaders (Gorice, Corsus and Corinius) using trickery and negotiate peace with the honourable ones like Corund and his sons. They flatly refuse, thinking this dishonourable.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Queen Sophonisba, fosterling of the gods, forever seventeen years old.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Queen Sophonisba, fosterling of the gods, forever seventeen years old. Actually around 230 years old at the time the events of the novel take place.
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* BlackMagic: Gorice XII's area of expertise.

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* BlackMagic: Gorice XII's area of expertise.expertise (and, it is mentioned, of the long-dead Gorice VII).



* HandsomeLech: Corinius.

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* HandsomeLech: Corinius. He's handsome and strong but his behaviour towards women is appalling.



* TheLoad: Mivarsh to Juss and Brandoch.

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* TheLoad: Mivarsh to Juss and Brandoch. Subverted though, as his healing skills save Juss's life after the fight with the mantichora.



** Corund himself has shades of this, too: he is crude and harsh, but generally honorable.

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** Corund himself has shades of this, too: he is crude and harsh, but generally honorable. He even spares the lives of all ordinary Demon soldiers the Witches capture after a siege that's very costly to his troops.



* RubberForeheadAliens: The Demons are mentioned to have horns in the early chapters, though they're not mentioned again and might actually be horned helmets. The Red Foliot apparently has red skin. The Witch ambassador has a tail, but it appears that other Witches don't (i.e. it's some sort of birth defect or curse).



** TheEmperor: Gorice XII

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** TheEmperor: Gorice XIIXII.



* SummoningRitual

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* SummoningRitualSummoningRitual: Gorice XII, assisted by Gro, summons a supernatural entity to wreck the Demon fleet.



* WillNotTellALie: Demons never lie.

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* WillNotTellALie: Demons never lie.lie, and detest those who do.



* WorthyOpponent: How the Demons see the Witches, particularly Lord Corund.
* WouldNotShootACivilian: The Demons. This is the main reason they come across as the good guys.

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* WorthyOpponent: How the Demons see the Witches, particularly Lord Corund.
Corund. He returns the favour, and refuses to use trickery against the Demons despite Lord Gro's urgings.
* WouldNotShootACivilian: The Demons. This This, together with the fact that they always keep their word, is the main reason they come across as the good guys.
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* LetsYouAndHimFight: A core part of the background of the conflict. In theory, Witchland and Demonland were supposed to be united against the AlwaysChaoticEvil Ghouls during the Holy War. In practice, Witchland ditched Demonland to fight on their own at the last minute, forcing Demonland to take heavy casualties while leaving King Gorice's men high and dry. Once the war ended, and Demonland were barely recuperating, [[KickThemWhileTheyreDown Gorice demands they swear fealty or face war,]] banking on their exhaustion to earn an easy victory.
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Corsus dies moments after he betrays and murders his fellow Witchland lords - [[TilMurderDoUsPart along with his wife]] - in the vain hope of surviving by gaining the invading Demonland forces.]]


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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: [[spoiler: The Demonland lords end up mourning their former enemies, acknowledging that with their triumph, they have nothing left to truly test themselves or prove their worth, and are left with either becoming farmers and shepherds, or hunting animals well beneath their skill. Hence why the gods grant their wish to resurrect their fallen foes and fight again.]]


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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Lady Prezmyra goes from being somewhat sympathetic to the Demons to wishing ruin upon them, in large part due to her anger at how her brother's loyalty to the Demons is putting him at risk, and bringing their home kingdom closer to ruin. This escalates when La Fireez is reported dead during a sea battle between the Demons and Laxus.]]
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* ThoseTwoGuys: Intelligent, duplicitous Gro and {{badass}} Corund. Fritz Leiber credited them as one of the inspirations for Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Intelligent, duplicitous Gro and {{badass}} badass Corund. Fritz Leiber credited them as one of the inspirations for Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser.
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