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Literature: The Iron Tower
The Iron Tower is a high fantasy novel in the Mithgar series by Dennis L. McKiernan.

This show provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Merrilee Holt
  • Adventure
  • All Trolls Are Different: The Ogru trolls, which are big dumb brutes somehow with the ears of bats.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Apparently all of the evil minion races under Modru. Whether they're like this because they were created for evil by Gyphon, or because they've lived under his and his minions' tyranny for so long that any good has been beaten out of them is unclear.
  • Always Night: the Dimmendark blots out the sun (creating endless night and endless winter) so that all of the evil creatures banished (and destroyed) by the sun can further the Modru's plan to conquer the world.
  • The Ageless: The Elves.
  • Ancestral Weapon: The Red Arrow.
  • Arcadia: Boskydells.
  • Backstory: The Silver Call and other Mithgar stories.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Warrows
  • Big Bad: Modru.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending
  • Common Tongue
  • Constructed World: Mithgar
  • Darkest Hour: The Darkest Day of the third book.
  • Distressed Damsel: Princess Laurelin of Riamon. She does at least make some attempts at planning her own escape, but achieves nothing.
  • Doomed Hometown: Averted. After the Boskydells are invaded and several towns are destroyed, the Warrows fight back.
  • Doorstopper: The omnibus edition is 648 pages including the appendices.
  • End of an Age: At the end of the book a new age begins.
  • Expy: The Iron Tower trilogy has many of characters from The Lord of the Rings (not unexpected, considering the series' origins). From a broader perspective, this is most obvious with the main villains- Gyphon is an expy of Morgoth, and Modru of Sauron.
  • Fantasy World Map: The legend says it is "A part of Mithgar".
  • Five Races: Essentially, like Tolkien: the dwarves, the elves, the humans, the warrows, and the Utruni stone giants (which seem to parallel the ents as an elemental species).
  • God of Evil: Gyphon, who is basically Morgoth in terms of his role in the cosmology, but with a different backstory. A couple of other Gods of Evil are namedropped occasionally, but never in direct appearances.
  • High Fantasy
  • Hobbits: These are called Warrows.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: The first Journal Note states "The source of this tale is a tattered copy of The Raven Book, an incredibly fortunate find dating from the time before The Separation."
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Subverted. Tuck is so famous that after he passes away his home is turned into a museum.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Since they're basically the Tolkienian ones...
    • Complete with an utter lack of female dwarves, which is a complicated story that has been slowly teased in a number of books.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The elves are portrayed as better than everyone else in almost everything.
    • Just as the orcs and so on from the Lower Plane are always evil, short-lived, mostly mindless, and so on, the elves from the Higher Plane are always good, immortal, and brilliant.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: The Rucks and Hloks, pretty much the typical Tolkienian type.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: And there are a lot of them!
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Most nobles are portrayed as people who would actually defend their subjects. Shown, for example, with Galen.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: The main characters are separated (some voluntarily, some not) and the story follows each character or group.
  • Standard Fantasy Setting
  • Witch Species: Mages are their own distinct race; they resemble a cross between humans and elves and while they age (especially when doing magic) they can go into special trances that let them regain lost youth. Though other races have certain mystical abilities, Mages (and hybrids like Stoke and Ydral with some Mage blood) are the only ones who cast formal spells.
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