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5th Aug '16 1:55:09 AM AgProv
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* Finnish national composer Jean sibelius set parts of the national ''Kallevala'' mythology to music. One of the most gloomily evocative pieces is ''The Swan of Tuonela'', depicting the black swan representing Death swimming on Tuonela, the black lake of Death which is portal to the Afterlife. Needless to say ther icy cold lake of Death and its totemic swan are in the Far North.

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* Finnish national composer Jean sibelius set parts of the national ''Kallevala'' mythology to music. One of the most gloomily evocative pieces is ''The Swan of Tuonela'', depicting the black swan representing Death swimming on Tuonela, the black lake of Death which is portal to the Afterlife. Needless to say ther the icy cold lake of Death and its totemic swan are in the Far North.
5th Aug '16 1:54:09 AM AgProv
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* Black swans from the North are also harbingers of doom in Irish mythology; the Music/{{Horslips]] use this theme in the song ''Shadows on our Skin''

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* Black swans from the North are also harbingers of doom in Irish mythology; the Music/{{Horslips]] Music/{{Horslips}} use this theme in the song ''Shadows on our Skin''
5th Aug '16 1:53:25 AM AgProv
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* Finnish national composer Jean sibelius set parts of the national ''Kallevala'' mythology to music. One of the most gloomily evocative pieces is ''The Swan of Tuonela'', depicting the black swan representing Death swimming on Tuonela, the black lake of Death which is portal to the Afterlife. Needless to say ther icy cold lake of Death and its totemic swan are in the Far North.
* Black swans from the North are also harbingers of doom in Irish mythology; the Music/{{Horslips]] use this theme in the song ''Shadows on our Skin''
--> I see the last black swan/Fly past the sun...
2nd Aug '16 3:01:03 AM Ragnar94
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* In early periods of the Japanese history, northern provinces were noticeably more grim than the rest of the country. Between general lawlesness (you either had sizable a private force... or not very high hopes about your life expectancy) and Ainu raids, there were also unforgiving cold weather. That's what become part of samurai charm, though - they were portrayed as hardened warriors from fringes of the civilization, as oposed to soft and decadent court aristocracy (that most people get fed up with at that point
17th Jul '16 6:59:30 PM WillKeaton
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* In [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention.html 6 Real Historic Battles Decided by Divine Intervention]], {{Website/Cracked}} alludes to the British Isles being like this:

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* In [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18894_6-real-historic-battles-decided-by-divine-intervention.html 6 Real Historic Battles Decided by Divine Intervention]], Intervention,]] {{Website/Cracked}} alludes to the British Isles being like this:
17th Jul '16 6:58:10 PM WillKeaton
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* SnowW.Wwhite's entire concept is based heavily on this theme.

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* SnowW.Wwhite's [=SnowW.Wwhite's=] entire concept is based heavily on this theme.
17th Jul '16 6:57:04 PM WillKeaton
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* In the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, the land of Vaasa in the north of Faerun is where the Witch-King Zhengyi created his Castle Perilous and launched an invasion of the neighboring country of Damara. The region known as the North (actually to the Northwest) isn't much better (with the exception of the Silver Marches), what with the rugged terrain, Viking-like raiders on the coast and islands, barbarian tribes inland, and the periodic threat of gigantic Orc invasions from their strongholds in the Spine of the World mountains. This is also the region where IcewindDale is, which isn't a barrel of warm happy sunshine either.

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* In the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, the land of Vaasa in the north of Faerun is where the Witch-King Zhengyi created his Castle Perilous and launched an invasion of the neighboring country of Damara. The region known as the North (actually to the Northwest) isn't much better (with the exception of the Silver Marches), what with the rugged terrain, Viking-like raiders on the coast and islands, barbarian tribes inland, and the periodic threat of gigantic Orc invasions from their strongholds in the Spine of the World mountains. This is also the region where IcewindDale is, which isn't a barrel of warm happy sunshine either.



* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 4th Edition, now this is part of the generic setting. The goddess of death has her citadel in the grim north, where all souls now pass when they die. The darkness and grimness of her frost-bound fortress even bleeds over to the real world from her home dimension, because reality is thin up there. Mildly subverted in that [[DarkIsNotEvil the Raven Queen is not evil]], but then again she is definitely not nice, and quite grim.

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* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition, now this is part of the generic setting. The goddess of death has her citadel in the grim north, where all souls now pass when they die. The darkness and grimness of her frost-bound fortress even bleeds over to the real world from her home dimension, because reality is thin up there. Mildly subverted in that [[DarkIsNotEvil the Raven Queen is not evil]], but then again she is definitely not nice, and quite grim.
17th Jul '16 6:56:34 PM WillKeaton
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* In Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's [[http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/28 "The Coming of the White Worm"]], the titular conquering worm [[EldritchAbomination Rlim Shaikorth]] comes "from spaces beyond the limits of the north".

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* In Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's [[http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/28 "The Coming of the White Worm"]], Worm,"]] the titular conquering worm [[EldritchAbomination Rlim Shaikorth]] comes "from spaces beyond the limits of the north".
5th Jul '16 9:43:15 AM LordGro
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* Referenced for atmosphere several times in [[Creator/GKChesterton The Ballad of the White Horse]], first in the description of the "[[EndOfAnAge apocalypse]]" in the first book, then with [[OmnicidalManiac Ogier]] as a sort of personification of it. "[[RousingSpeech For the ice of the north is broken]], [[MassOhCrap and the blood of the north is free!]]"

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* Referenced for atmosphere several times in [[Creator/GKChesterton The Ballad of the White Horse]], "Literature/TheBalladOfTheWhiteHorse", first in the description of the "[[EndOfAnAge apocalypse]]" in the first book, then with [[OmnicidalManiac Ogier]] as a sort of personification of it. "[[RousingSpeech For the ice of the north is broken]], [[MassOhCrap and the blood of the north is free!]]"
4th Jul '16 8:31:05 PM Adept
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* Referenced for atmosphere several times in [[GKChesterton The Ballad of the White Horse]], first in the description of the "[[EndOfAnAge apocalypse]]" in the first book, then with [[OmnicidalManiac Ogier]] as a sort of personification of it. "[[RousingSpeech For the ice of the north is broken]], [[MassOhCrap and the blood of the north is free!]]"

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* Referenced for atmosphere several times in [[GKChesterton [[Creator/GKChesterton The Ballad of the White Horse]], first in the description of the "[[EndOfAnAge apocalypse]]" in the first book, then with [[OmnicidalManiac Ogier]] as a sort of personification of it. "[[RousingSpeech For the ice of the north is broken]], [[MassOhCrap and the blood of the north is free!]]"
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