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* BiggerBad: Gyphon, whose summoning is the purpose of the story.
* BitterSweetEnding: The world is saved, but most of Tuck's friends are dead and he goes blind.

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* BiggerBad: Gyphon, whose summoning is the purpose of the story.
* BitterSweetEnding:
BittersweetEnding: The world is saved, but most of Tuck's friends are dead and he goes blind.



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* ConstructedWorld: Mithgar

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* %%* CommonTongue
* ConstructedWorld: MithgarMithgar.


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* GreaterScopeVillain: Gyphon, whose summoning is the purpose of the story.


[[quoteright:189:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a6f1c98c846feb6fd8c1b0beb90179db.jpg]] ''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novels in the {{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].

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[[quoteright:189:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a6f1c98c846feb6fd8c1b0beb90179db.jpg]] ''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novels in the {{Mithgar}} Literature/{{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].

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* TechnicolorEyes: Warrows have eyes that are the color of gemstones. Their ability to see much further in the Dimmendark than the other races is suggested to be linked to this, allowing Warrows to see by a different light.


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: 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.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: 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' henchmen's tyranny for so long that any good has been beaten out of them is unclear.



* AncestralWeapon: The Red Arrow, as well as Bane, Bale, and various other magic blades.

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* AncestralWeapon: The Red Arrow, Quarrel, as well as Bane, Bale, and various other magic blades.



* DuelToTheDeath: Gildor challenges Modru's Ogru warden and stableguard to one after recognising him as Vanidor's murderer.

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* DuelToTheDeath: We first meet Brega when he is in the midst of one with a Hlok. Gildor challenges Modru's Ogru warden and stableguard to one after recognising him as Vanidor's murderer. Subverted when Patrel challenges the Ogru gatekeeper in order to distract it while Danner storms the battlements.



* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The titular Iron Tower.



* MouthOfSauron: Modru speaks through a number of men who are rendered mindless when he is not in control.



* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Very much follow the Tolkein archetype. Complete with an utter lack of female dwarves, which is a complicated story that has been slowly teased in a number of books.

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Very much follow the Tolkein archetype. Complete with an utter lack of female dwarves, which is a complicated story that has been slowly teased in a number of books.books since.


* {{Badass}}: Most of the main cast, though special credit goes to Danner, one of the only berserker halflings in fiction.


* GodOfEvil: Gyphon, who is basically [[TheSilmarillion 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.

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* GodOfEvil: Gyphon, who is basically [[TheSilmarillion [[Literature/TheSilmarillion 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.


''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novels in the {{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].

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[[quoteright:189:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a6f1c98c846feb6fd8c1b0beb90179db.jpg]] ''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novels in the {{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].


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* AscendedFanfic: Developed as backstory for ''The Silver Call'', which was originally supposed to be a sequel to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.

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* TheBully: Danner has aspects of this, though he grows out of it as he befriends the others and then moves into berserker territory.


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* HellIsThatNoise: Modru's army is always proceeded by the sound of a drum whose sound is, of course, rendered as "[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom, doom]]". It frightens or at least unnerves most of the cast, at least up until Danner starts ranting about he would like to "shove that Ruck inside his own drum and pound it to a fare-thee-well" at which point Field Marshal Vidrion almost falls off the wall laughing.


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* MadnessMantra: Danner during his final charge on the walls at the Iron Tower. "King of the Rillrock! Danner Bramblethorn is King of the Rillrock!"


* ActionGirl: Merrilee Holt, Tuck's girlfriend, and one of the best shots in the Boskydells after Tuck and Danner themselves.

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* ActionGirl: Merrilee Holt, Tuck's girlfriend, and one of the best shots in the Boskydells after Tuck and Danner themselves. She manages to put an arrow straight through the heart of a mounted, moving Ghul, from a few hundred yards away, which earns her a position as leader of the resistance.



* AncestralWeapon: The Red Arrow.

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* AncestralWeapon: The Red Arrow.Arrow, as well as Bane, Bale, and various other magic blades.



* TheBerserker: Danner Bramblethorn, who loses his mind as the series progresses.

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* {{Badass}}: Most of the main cast, though special credit goes to Danner, one of the only berserker halflings in fiction.
* TheBerserker: Danner Bramblethorn, who loses his mind as the series progresses.progresses, becoming a giant ball of UnstoppableRage.



* CaptainErsatz: Gyphon and Modru for Morgoth/Melkor and Sauron respectively. Various other characters bear a passing similarity with other members of the ''LOTR'' cast, though Tuck and his friends largely avoid it.
* CarryABigStick: Ogrus fight with warbars--huge pieces of steel that they use to beat most enemies into the ground.



* DuelToTheDeath: Gildor challenges Modru's Ogru warden and stableguard to one after recognising him as Vanidor's murderer.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Danner, who uses his last breath to loose a giant ballista bolt, killing the Ogru that was about to crush Patrel.



* {{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.



* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Subverted. Tuck is so famous that after he passes away his home is turned into a museum.

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* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Subverted. Tuck is so famous OurGhoulsAreCreepier: The Ghuls or Ghols are undead humanoids mounted on Helsteeds who act as leaders of the Rucks, Hloks, and Ogrus. They are ''very'' hard to kill, with wood through the heart, beheading, and dismemberment being the only things that after he passes away his home is turned into a museum.are sure to work.



* OurElvesAreBetter: 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.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: The elves are portrayed as better than everyone else in almost everything.
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everything. Just as the orcs Rucks 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.brilliant.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Rucks fill the Goblin role, and have this as another of their names.
* OurOgresAreHungrier: Ogrus are a cross between the Ogre and Troll archetypes, and are essentially gigantic Rucks.


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* {{Revenge}}: Gildor swears vengeance for his brother, Vanidor, after the latter is tortured to death by Modru's Ogru warden. He eventually claims it in a DuelToTheDeath.


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* UnstoppableRage: Danner slides into this on occasion, though it's ultimately deconstructed--while Danner can force his way past most adversaries, his lack of concern for his own safety, coupled with the fact that he is a Warrow, mean that it ultimately gets him killed.


''The Iron Tower'' is a high fantasy novel in the {{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].

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''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novel novels in the {{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].[=McKiernan=].

For thousands of years, the forces of the dark lord Modru and his master Gyphon have been trapped in hiding, rendered powerless by the light of the sun. Now however, with the arrival of the Myrkenstone, Modru has found a way to blot out the sun, and his armies set out to ravage the land of Mithgar. Standing against him are the armies of man, led by King Aurion Redeye and his sons, Galen and Igon. They will not be enough, however, and Aurion, desperate to hold back the dark tide of [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Rucks]], [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Hloks]], [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Ogrus]], and worse, calls for aid from the other good races of Mithgar.

Tuck Underbank is a Warrow--a small, elf-like humanoid renowned for their ability as archers. Having left home with a band of friends to become Thornwalkers--guardians of the border--Tuck finds himself recruited into the king's army when his captain, Patrel Rushlock, answers Aurion's call for aid. Though Tuck doesn't know it, he's about to find himself at the centre of events that will shape the future of Mithgar for centuries to come.



!! This show provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Merrilee Holt

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!! This show series provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Merrilee HoltHolt, Tuck's girlfriend, and one of the best shots in the Boskydells after Tuck and Danner themselves.



* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The Ogrus/Trolls, who are giant Rucks/Goblins.

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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The Ogrus/Trolls, who are giant Rucks/Goblins.Rucks/Goblins with stony skin and sadistic temperaments.



* AlwaysNight: 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.

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* AlwaysNight: the 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.



* {{Arcadia}}: Boskydells.

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* {{Arcadia}}: Boskydells.Boskydells, home of the Warrows.



* TheBerserker: Danner, who loses his mind as the series progresses.

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* TheBerserker: Danner, Danner Bramblethorn, who loses his mind as the series progresses.



* BigBad: Modru.

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* BigBad: Modru. Gyphon's more powerful and is implied to be more evil, but it's Modru who is driving the plot.



* BitterSweetEnding

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* BitterSweetEndingBitterSweetEnding: The world is saved, but most of Tuck's friends are dead and he goes blind.


* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The Ogru trolls, which are big dumb brutes somehow with the ears of bats.

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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The Ogru trolls, which Ogrus/Trolls, who are big dumb brutes somehow with the ears of bats.giant Rucks/Goblins.



* Backstory: The Silver Call and other Mithgar stories.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Warrows

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* Backstory: The {{Backstory}}: To ''The Silver Call Call'' and other Mithgar stories.
* TheBerserker: Danner, who loses his mind as the series progresses.
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BewareTheNiceOnes: The WarrowsWarrows, who are the nicest people you'll meet, but deadly archers.



* BiggerBad: Gyphon, whose summoning is the purpose of the story.



* Hobbits: These are called Warrows.

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* Hobbits: {{Hobbits}}: These are called Warrows.Warrows--slim, elf-like folk under four feet tall, who have archery as their hat.



* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: 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.

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Since they're basically Very much follow the Tolkienian ones...
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Tolkein archetype. Complete with an utter lack of female dwarves, which is a complicated story that has been slowly teased in a number of books.



* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Rucks and Hloks, pretty much the typical Tolkienian type.

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* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Rucks and Rucks, Hloks, pretty much and Ogrus are all dark-skinned, bat-eared, bandy-legged gap-toothed brutes of varying sizes. Rucks, or Goblins, are four feet tall, Hloks are Orcs or Hobgoblins and stand human height, and Ogrus or Trolls are the typical Tolkienian type.size of an elephant.


* DoomedHometown: Inverted. After the Boskydells are invaded and several towns are destroyed, the Warrows fight back.

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* DoomedHometown: Inverted.Averted. After the Boskydells are invaded and several towns are destroyed, the Warrows fight back.


* Backstory: The Silver Call and other Mithgarde stories.

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* Backstory: The Silver Call and other Mithgarde Mithgar stories.



* ConstructedWorld: Mithgarde

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* ConstructedWorld: MithgardeMithgar



* FantasyWorldMap: The legend says it is "A part of Mithgar".



* FantasyWorldMap: The legend says it is "A part of Mithgar.
* GodOfEvil: Gyphon, who is basically [[TheSilmarillion 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 but in direct appearances.

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* FantasyWorldMap: The legend says it is "A part of Mithgar.
* GodOfEvil: Gyphon, who is basically [[TheSilmarillion 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 but in direct appearances.

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* DistressedDamsel: Princess Laurelin of Riamon. She does at least make some attempts at planning her own escape, but achieves nothing.


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: 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.* AlwaysNight: 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.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: 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.unclear.
* AlwaysNight: 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.

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