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* EvilCripple: Ivarr again. He's much smaller, and much more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another. Itís also hinted he is an EvilAlbino as heís described as quite pale with eyes that donít work well in bright sunlight.
* EyepatchOfPower: Brand wears one.

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* %%* EvilCripple: Ivarr again. He's is much smaller, smaller and much a lot more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another. Itís He's also hinted he is implied to be an EvilAlbino alibno, as heís he's described as quite pale with eyes that donít don't work well in bright sunlight.
* %%* EyepatchOfPower: Brand wears one.


* EvilCripple: Ivarr again. He's much smaller, and much more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another.

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* EvilCripple: Ivarr again. He's much smaller, and much more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another. Itís also hinted he is an EvilAlbino as heís described as quite pale with eyes that donít work well in bright sunlight.


* EvilAlbino: Ivarr Ragnarson has white hair, and white skin. He also suffers from poor vision in the daylight, although he seems to see better in the twilight.


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* TheCaptain: Brand to Bern and his crew.
* CombatPragmatist: Bern, Aethelred, Ivarr.

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* %%* TheCaptain: Brand to Bern and his crew.
* %%* CombatPragmatist: Bern, Aethelred, Ivarr.



* EyepatchOfPower: Brand.

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* EyepatchOfPower: Brand.Brand wears one.



* PoisonedWeapons: Ivarr.

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* %%* PoisonedWeapons: Ivarr.



* TheSmartGuy: Bern to the Jormsvik Erlings.

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* %%* TheSmartGuy: Bern to the Jormsvik Erlings.



* TheSociopath: Guess who? [[spoiler: Ivarr]].

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* %%* TheSociopath: Guess who? [[spoiler: Ivarr]].



* TookALevelInJerkass: Alun after Dai's death.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Aethelbert; Bern to a lesser degree.

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* %%* TookALevelInJerkass: Alun after Dai's death.
* %%* WellDoneSonGuy: Aethelbert; Bern to a lesser degree.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Anrid.

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* %%* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Anrid.


* DumbMuscle: Mikkel Ragnarson, and to a lesser degree, Brand. The latter [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure gets]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy enough]] [[TheCaptain characterisation]] that it isn't [[TropesAreNotBad too bad]].

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* DumbMuscle: Mikkel Ragnarson, and to a lesser degree, Brand. The latter [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure gets]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy enough]] [[TheCaptain characterisation]] that it isn't [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools too bad]].


* BadassFamily: Thorkell and Bern. Subverted by the Volgans. The Volgan himself was a tremendous badass but his son Ragnar never really did any raiding and his grandsons, [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] and [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? The tropes attached to them speak for themselves. Dangerous, but hardly badass.
* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilization that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.

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* BadassFamily: Thorkell and Bern. Subverted by the Volgans. The Volgan himself was a tremendous badass but his son Ragnar never really did any raiding and his grandsons, [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] and [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? Ivarr]]? The tropes attached to them speak for themselves. Dangerous, but hardly badass.
* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] Ivarr]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilization that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.



* CombatPragmatist: Bern, Aethelred, Ivar.

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* CombatPragmatist: Bern, Aethelred, Ivar.Ivarr.



* DirtyCoward: Mikkel is one. Ivar is often regarded as such, but the truth is [[CombatPragmatist much]], [[TheSociopath much]] [[ManipulativeBastard worse]].

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* DirtyCoward: Mikkel is one. Ivar Ivarr is often regarded as such, but the truth is [[CombatPragmatist much]], [[TheSociopath much]] [[ManipulativeBastard worse]].



* EvilAlbino: Ivar Ragnarson has white hair, and white skin. He also suffers from poor vision in the daylight, although he seems to see better in the twilight.
* EvilCripple: Ivar again. He's much smaller, and much more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another.

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* EvilAlbino: Ivar Ivarr Ragnarson has white hair, and white skin. He also suffers from poor vision in the daylight, although he seems to see better in the twilight.
* EvilCripple: Ivar Ivarr again. He's much smaller, and much more slender than is usual for an Erling, with hunched shoulders that aren't quite level with one another.



* ForTheEvulz: [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] wants to avenge the Volgan. It's why he goes raiding at Brynn's. [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? He's just bored and looking to hurt some people. He's especially interested in finding a way to keep [[FateWorseThanDeath someone alive while blood-eagling them]], the little creep.

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* ForTheEvulz: [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] wants to avenge the Volgan. It's why he goes raiding at Brynn's. [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? Ivarr]]? He's just bored and looking to hurt some people. He's especially interested in finding a way to keep [[FateWorseThanDeath someone alive while blood-eagling them]], the little creep.



** ALighterShadeOfGrey: The Angelcyn and Cyngael are supposed to be this, but it doesn't really stick. Kay captures [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Erling]] culture well enough that they come off as equally sympathetic, despite their fondness for raiding and murder. Only [[TheSociopath Ivar]]'s presence really blackens their reputation.

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** ALighterShadeOfGrey: The Angelcyn and Cyngael are supposed to be this, but it doesn't really stick. Kay captures [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Erling]] culture well enough that they come off as equally sympathetic, despite their fondness for raiding and murder. Only [[TheSociopath Ivar]]'s Ivarr]]'s presence really blackens their reputation.



* ManipulativeBastard: Ivar, although he's not as good as he thinks.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Anrid's control of the serpent, and Ivar's deformities and manipulative abilities are alluded to being supernatural in origin, but deliberately kept vague.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Aeldred is Alfred the Great, who unified the English to resist the first waves of Viking attacks. Ivar Ragnarson is likely a reference to the semi-historical [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons Ivarr "The Boneless" Ragnarson]], who invaded England alongside his brothers to take revenge for their father, in much the same way that Ivar and Mikkel seek to avenge their grandfather. Thorkell and Bern might be a reference to Erik the Red and Lief Erikson.
* PoisonedWeapons: Ivar.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Ivar, Ivarr, although he's not as good as he thinks.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Anrid's control of the serpent, and Ivar's Ivarr's deformities and manipulative abilities are alluded to being supernatural in origin, but deliberately kept vague.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Aeldred is Alfred the Great, who unified the English to resist the first waves of Viking attacks. Ivar Ivarr Ragnarson is likely a reference to the semi-historical [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons Ivarr "The Boneless" Ragnarson]], who invaded England alongside his brothers to take revenge for their father, in much the same way that Ivar Ivarr and Mikkel seek to avenge their grandfather. Thorkell and Bern might be a reference to Erik the Red and Lief Erikson.
* PoisonedWeapons: Ivar.Ivarr.



* RedRightHand: Ivar. Is there a single ''good'' trope associated with him?

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* RedRightHand: Ivar.Ivarr. Is there a single ''good'' trope associated with him?



* {{Sadist}}: Ivar again. He always tortures his victims, and his goal in life is to blood-eagle somebody while keeping them alive the whole time.

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* {{Sadist}}: Ivar Ivarr again. He always tortures his victims, and his goal in life is to blood-eagle somebody while keeping them alive the whole time.



* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Bern stabs Ivar in the back mid-spiel]].

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* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Bern stabs Ivar Ivarr in the back mid-spiel]].



* SmugSnake: Ivar. He's contemptuous of everyone around him, and considers every breathing person to be his inferior.

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* SmugSnake: Ivar.Ivarr. He's contemptuous of everyone around him, and considers every breathing person to be his inferior.



* TheSociopath: Guess who? [[spoiler: Ivar]].

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* TheSociopath: Guess who? [[spoiler: Ivar]].Ivarr]].


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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially between father and son--being particularly prominent.

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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially love--especially between father and son--being particularly prominent.



'''Tropes found in ''The Last Light of the Sun'' include:'''

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'''Tropes !! Tropes found in ''The Last Light of the Sun'' include:'''include:


* {{Badass}}: Thorkell Einarson, Bern Thorkellson, Brand Leofson, and Aeldred.
** BadassFamily: Thorkell and Bern. Subverted by the Volgans. The Volgan himself was a tremendous BadAss, but his son Ragnar never really did any raiding and his grandsons, [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] and [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? The tropes attached to them speak for themselves. Dangerous, but hardly BadAss.
** RetiredBadass: Brynn ap Hywyll. His rival, the Volgan, is a [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous]] {{Badass}}.

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* {{Badass}}: Thorkell Einarson, Bern Thorkellson, Brand Leofson, and Aeldred.
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BadassFamily: Thorkell and Bern. Subverted by the Volgans. The Volgan himself was a tremendous BadAss, badass but his son Ragnar never really did any raiding and his grandsons, [[DumbMuscle Mikkel]] and [[TheSociopath Ivar]]? The tropes attached to them speak for themselves. Dangerous, but hardly BadAss.
** RetiredBadass: Brynn ap Hywyll. His rival, the Volgan, is a [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous]] {{Badass}}.
badass.



* DumbMuscle: Mikkel Ragnarson, and to a lesser degree, Brand. The [[BadAss latter]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure gets]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy enough]] [[TheCaptain characterisation]] that it isn't [[TropesAreNotBad too bad]].

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* DumbMuscle: Mikkel Ragnarson, and to a lesser degree, Brand. The [[BadAss latter]] latter [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure gets]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy enough]] [[TheCaptain characterisation]] that it isn't [[TropesAreNotBad too bad]].


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* RetiredBadass: Brynn ap Hywyll. His rival, the Volgan, is a [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous]] Badass.

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* {{Sadist}}: Ivar again. He always tortures his victims, and his goal in life is to blood-eagle somebody while keeping them alive the whole time.


''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially between father and son, being particularly prominent.

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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially between father and son, being son--being particularly prominent.


* RapeIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Averted. The original ''volur'' forcing Bern to sleep with her is portrayed as very creepy.


* DoubleStandard: Kay's usual double standard about cheating wives being okay, but cheating husbands being bad is present, albeit in far smaller doses (there's only one example).



* HappilyMarried: Aeldred and his wife, though don't tell [[SexIsEvil her]] that. Brynn and his wife are supposed to be, but given her constantly cheating on him with his best friend Cenion, it is very easy to conclude the exact opposite.
** ...was I the only one who got the impression that they were a threesome?

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* HappilyMarried: Aeldred and his wife, though don't tell [[SexIsEvil her]] that. Brynn and his wife are supposed as well, in what seems to be, but given her constantly cheating on him be an open marriage that allows for both to sleep with his best friend Cenion, it is very easy to conclude the exact opposite.
** ...was I the only one who got the impression that they were a threesome?
other people without either being upset.


* TheMessiah: Aeldred tries, although he does have his [[DarkMessiah darker]] moments. One case that's frequently mentioned is his sparing of the Erling who blood-eageled his father.


''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modelled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially between father and son, being particularly promient.

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''The Last Light of the Sun'' is a 2004 fantasy novel by Creator/GuyGavrielKay. Like ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' and ''Literature/TheSarantineMosaic'', it is set in a world closely modelled modeled on medieval Europe, but with elements of myth and magic incorporated. The tone is darker than that of the previous two novels, with themes of revenge, violence, the passing of an era, clash of cultures, and love ó especially between father and son, being particularly promient.
prominent.



The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it.

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The book as a whole has been quite well recieved, received, with critics praising its darker tone, evocative settings, well-developed characters, and general sense of grandeur and nostalgia. It's worth noting that the book contains far less sex and politics than is usual for Kay, and a lot more violence. Depending on the reader this may be a good thing or a bad one. Kay was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Sunburst Award after writing it.



* AnticlimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Ivar Ragnarson is the bastard who got the whole plot started with his raid on Brynn's farm. He's the one who gets a bunch of surrenderring Erlings massacred when he shoots a captured Earl instead of letting them ransom him. He has, at various points in-story, plotted against every named character. And he dies when Bern stabs him in the back [[ShutUpHannibal midconversation]]]].



* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilisation that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.

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* BittersweetEnding: The Erlings are gone, and Alun, Aethelbert, and Bern all survive, while [[TheSociopath Ivar]] dies. Aeldred and his wife stay together, and he fully intends to turn his kingdom into a civilisation civilization that will match those in the south. Yet [[spoiler: Thorkell]] is dead and never really reconciled with his son, and both the raids, and the feelings of mystery and magic in the world, are fading away. See EndOfAnAge for more on that.

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