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1st Jun '17 7:30:45 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' books gleemen are traveling artists, masterful story tellers as well as skillful acrobats, and typically wear a cloak made of many colorful patches. Most skilled gleemen can play one sort of instrument or another, some examples are flute, or if more skillful, harp. Gleemen are allowed to go almost anywhere they wish, as nearly all commoners delight in or at least tolerate their presence, and are among the few that are allowed by the [[ProudWarriorRace Aiel]] to travel through their territory. The most skilled can even become court bards, usually discarding the patchwork cloak for silks as elegant as any noble's. Thom Merrlin is introduced as a gleeman, but was originally a court bard for queen Morgase.

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* In the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books gleemen are traveling artists, masterful story tellers as well as skillful acrobats, and typically wear a cloak made of many colorful patches. Most skilled gleemen can play one sort of instrument or another, some examples are flute, or if more skillful, harp. Gleemen are allowed to go almost anywhere they wish, as nearly all commoners delight in or at least tolerate their presence, and are among the few that are allowed by the [[ProudWarriorRace Aiel]] to travel through their territory. The most skilled can even become court bards, usually discarding the patchwork cloak for silks as elegant as any noble's. Thom Merrlin is introduced as a gleeman, but was originally a court bard for queen Morgase.
28th Apr '17 11:12:47 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', Ivar Trevelian travels to a planet populated by HumanAliens whose culture has been [[MedievalStasis stuck at Middle Ages for centuries]] with no push for progress or discovery (there's a whole continent in the other hemisphere waiting to be settled, but the population believes the world is flat and that their chief deity will punish them for attempting to reach the edge). His job is to find out about this stagnation. He disguises himself as a member of the Rhapsod Brotherhood, a society of highly-respected wandering bards. He soon finds out they're much more than that, when a group of rhapsods wipes out a mercenary squad three times their number suffering only two casualties. Apparently, they also enact justice when TheEmpire fails to do so, usually when a nobleman is involved. They turn into vengeful warriors, all of them expert swordsmen and archers. After that, they return to their lutes and songs.

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', Ivar Trevelian travels to a planet populated by HumanAliens whose culture has been [[MedievalStasis stuck at Middle Ages for centuries]] with no push for progress or discovery (there's a whole continent in the other hemisphere waiting to be settled, but the population believes the world is flat and that their chief deity will punish them for attempting to reach the edge). His job is to find out about this stagnation. He disguises himself as a member of the Rhapsod Brotherhood, a society of highly-respected wandering bards. He soon finds out they're much more than that, when a group of rhapsods wipes out a mercenary squad three times their number suffering only two casualties. Apparently, they also enact justice when TheEmpire fails to do so, usually when a nobleman is involved. They turn into vengeful warriors, all of them expert swordsmen and archers. Should the first party sent after a nobleman is wiped out, the Brotherhood puts together another, five times the size. Unlike the first party, this force isn't planning on sparing anyone, who stands in their way, which is why most people are reluctant to fight them. After that, they return to their lutes and songs.
21st Apr '17 2:48:45 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, often portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned and a stunning ability to mangle events either current or historic to music. And, it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either.
The Blue Bard is currently too crazy and under a constant watch to manage his own suicide after disfiguring torture at the hands of both [[MadDoctor Qyburn]] and the [[ChurchMilitant Faith]] (Hamish the Harper would be in the same position, except Qyburn couldn't keep the much older singer alive)...]] In short: you're rather better off being a mime, mummer or fool than a bard; wandering or not.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, often portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned and a stunning ability to mangle events either current or historic to music. And, it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either. \n The Blue Bard is currently too crazy and under a constant watch to manage his own suicide after disfiguring torture at the hands of both [[MadDoctor Qyburn]] and the [[ChurchMilitant Faith]] (Hamish the Harper would be in the same position, except Qyburn couldn't keep the much older singer alive)...]] In short: you're rather better off being a mime, mummer or fool than a bard; wandering or not.
21st Apr '17 2:46:31 AM Euodiachloris
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21st Apr '17 2:45:00 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, oft portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned, and it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either.]] In short: you're rather better off being a mime, mummer or fool than a bard; wandering or not.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has several, oft often portrayed as handsome lads of dubious morals where ladies are concerned, concerned and a stunning ability to mangle events either current or historic to music. And, it seems almost a RunningGag for them to come to sticky ends. A nameless singer is mutilated on the orders of King Joffrey for a subversive song about Queen Cersei and the late King Robert, [[spoiler:Marillion is tortured into falsely confessing to Lysa Arryn's murder, Symon Silvertongue ends up in a pot of stew after trying to blackmail Tyrion, Dareon is murdered by Arya Stark after he deserts from the Nights Watch. Tom of Sevens is still alive, but his life expectancy as a spy for a gang of notorious outlaws isn't long either.
The Blue Bard is currently too crazy and under a constant watch to manage his own suicide after disfiguring torture at the hands of both [[MadDoctor Qyburn]] and the [[ChurchMilitant Faith]] (Hamish the Harper would be in the same position, except Qyburn couldn't keep the much older singer alive)...
]] In short: you're rather better off being a mime, mummer or fool than a bard; wandering or not.
7th Mar '17 9:11:20 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Marillion, who accompanies Catelyn and Tyrion to the Vale and has his tongue removed by Ser Ilyn Payne.
29th Dec '16 4:05:00 PM MiddleEighth
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*One makes a brief appearance in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', having been charged by the gods to walk around singing “Norwegian Wood” endlessly until he finds the people who recognize the song, and deliver them a message. He's quite grateful when he finally does—his feet are killing him, and he desperately needs to go to the bathroom.
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20th Dec '16 11:38:13 PM Xtifr
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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly badass fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.

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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly badass fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.
16th Dec '16 4:02:28 PM foxley
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* Alan-a-Dale (voiced by Roger Miller) acts as the narrator and occassional participant in the action of Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''. As he himself puts it:
-->Oh, incidentally, I'm Alan-A-Dale, a minstrel. That's an old time folk singer. My job is to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever.
1st Dec '16 12:14:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly BadAss fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.

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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly BadAss badass fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.
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