In the stories, Harold Shea and other characters visit various [[TheVerse settings]] from mythology and fiction. Each story has one primary setting that is visited, although some visit other settings briefly. The primary setting for each story is: Myth/NorseMythology, ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'', Ludovico Ariosto's epic poem ''Orlando Furioso'', ''Literature/TheKalevala'', [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish mythology]], ''Orlando Furioso'' (again), ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', ''Literature/DonQuixote'', ''Literature/TheAeneid'', ''The Tale of Igor's Campaign'', ''Baital Pachisi'', ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', ''Theatre/TheTempest'', and finally Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge's poem ''Kubla Khan''.
In the stories, Harold Shea and other characters visit various [[TheVerse
* BawdySong: Shea and Chalmers are forced to recite an epic poem or else be killed, but the [[ClosestThingWeGot closest thing]] that either one of them has memorized is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Eskimo_Nell The Ballad of Eskimo Nell]]''.
* BawdySong: Shea and Chalmers are forced to recite an epic poem or else be killed,
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The scientist who is immune to magic since he doesn't believe in it,
* TheLoad: Shea himself is a slight example in the first novella. He is less physically capable than his more battle-hardened companions, and his 20th century science turns out not to work at all in the world of Myth/NorseMythology. This changes once he starts figuring out how to use magic.
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