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* AllTheLittleGermanies: Or Norways in this case. Håkon`s vision is to mould the Norwegian areas into one people, putting an end to the constant bickering between the different parts. Skule envies him for this.


* LuckyBastard: Håkon is a straight example, being the bastard son of the late king Håkon Sverreson, and {{born lucky}} to boot.


'''The Pretenders''' (''Kongsemnerne'') is the last of four {{period piece}}s written by {{Henrik Ibsen}}. The play is based on the ''Saga of Håkon Håkonsson'' (Håkon IV of Norway), and set in the 13th century, a turbulent time of Norwegian history. The plot concerns the young Håkon and his claims to the Norwegian throne, and his rivals to the same position, hence the name. The main antagonist is Skule, earl from the start, then duke (the first Norwegian carryin that title), and in the end self-proclaimed king, a fact that makes another round of civil war break out. The play ends with Skule`s death, and the final rival to the throne gone.

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'''The Pretenders''' (''Kongsemnerne'') is the last of four {{period piece}}s written by {{Henrik Creator/{{Henrik Ibsen}}. The play is based on the ''Saga of Håkon Håkonsson'' (Håkon IV of Norway), and set in the 13th century, a turbulent time of Norwegian history. The plot concerns the young Håkon and his claims to the Norwegian throne, and his rivals to the same position, hence the name. The main antagonist is Skule, earl from the start, then duke (the first Norwegian carryin that title), and in the end self-proclaimed king, a fact that makes another round of civil war break out. The play ends with Skule`s death, and the final rival to the throne gone.



* TrialByFire: Håkon`s claim to the throne is strengthened by this. His mother Inga takes it on at the start of the play.

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* TrialByFire: Håkon`s claim to the throne is strengthened by this. His mother Inga takes it on at the start of the play.

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** RealitySubtext: This was the last play Henrik Ibsen wrote before turning his back to Norway completely and set up abode in Italy for many years. The last speech of Nikolas can arguably be seen as Ibsen`s personal {{The reason you suck speech}}, before leaving.


** The entire plot verges on {{Hitlers Time Travel Exemption Act}}. Håkon became the greatest king of Norwegian history, and ''nobody'' can change that fact.



** The entire plot verges on {{Hitlers Time Travel Exemption Act}}. Håkon became the greatest king of Norwegian history, and ''nobody'' can change that fact.
* {{Woobie}}: Margrethe, Håkon`s spouse, queen of Norway and daughter of Skule. She has a long {{heroic BSOD}}, knowing that Håkon really loved another and married her for alliance, carrying his eldest son, and then living with a widening rift between her husband and her father.

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* MrViceGuy: {{Envy}} for Skule Bårdsson, and for Nikolas as well.


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* TrialByFire: Håkon`s claim to the throne is strengthened by this. His mother Inga takes it on at the start of the play.


* GoThroughMe: Håkon has to go through Skule to claim full control of Norway. Lampshaded at the very end of the play, when Skule is dead and Håkon complains that his body lies in his direct path. The answer: "If the king wishes to claim his full dominion, he has to go over the dead body of Skule Bårdsson". And Håkon does.

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* GoThroughMe: Håkon has to go through Skule to claim full control of Norway. Lampshaded at the very end of the play, when Skule is dead and Håkon complains that his the body lies of Skule is in his direct path. The answer: "If the king wishes to claim his full dominion, he has to go over the dead body of Skule Bårdsson". And Håkon does.


* CompressedAdaptation: Avoided. The play spans several years, from the "iron testing" of Håkon`s mother, and the election of Håkon in 1217, over the battles in Oslo, to the death of Skule Bårdsson in 1240. The locations also shift rather quickly.

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* CompressedAdaptation: Avoided. The play spans several years, from the "iron testing" of {{trial by fire}} undergone by Håkon`s mother, and the election of Håkon in 1217, over the battles in Oslo, to the death of Skule Bårdsson in 1240. The locations also shift rather quickly.

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* GoThroughMe: Håkon has to go through Skule to claim full control of Norway. Lampshaded at the very end of the play, when Skule is dead and Håkon complains that his body lies in his direct path. The answer: "If the king wishes to claim his full dominion, he has to go over the dead body of Skule Bårdsson". And Håkon does.


* GoodIsNotNice: Håkon serves as a benign ruler, for sure, who actually wish to reconcile the parties after years of bloody strife - as long as none of said parties threaten his position. The lesser pretenders (Jon Kuvlung, Sigurd Ribbung), are rooted out one by one, and when Skule proclaims himself king, Håkon goes seriously batshit. The battling is on for three years.



* TheResenter: Nikolas to a T. "My mind was set on killing men and embrace women, but I managed neither".



* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Nikolas decided to solve his life this way. Skule considers it.
* TheResenter: Nikolas to a T. "My mind was set on killing men and embrace women, but I managed neither".

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* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Nikolas decided to solve his life this way. Skule considers it. \n
* TheResenter: Nikolas TookALevelInJerkass: Bishop Nikolas, being promoted to a T. "My mind was set on killing men and embrace women, but I managed neither".an {{evil minion}} in the last act, with Norway as his special assignment.



* TookALevelInJerkass: Bishop Nikolas, being promoted to an {{evil minion}} in the last act, with Norway as his special assignment.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Bishop Nikolas, being promoted to an {{evil minion}} in the last act, with {{Woobie}}: Margrethe, Håkon`s spouse, queen of Norway as and daughter of Skule. She has a long {{heroic BSOD}}, knowing that Håkon really loved another and married her for alliance, carrying his special assignment.eldest son, and then living with a widening rift between her husband and her father.

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* BornLucky: Håkon seems to have luck, and fate, on his side. Heavily lampshaded by Skule.


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* LuckyBastard: Håkon is a straight example, being the bastard son of the late king Håkon Sverreson, and {{born lucky}} to boot.


* AllTheLittleGermanies: Or Norways in this case. Håkon`s vision is to mould the Norwegian areas into one people, putting an end to the constant bickering between the different parts. Skule envies him for this.

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* AllTheLittleGermanies: Or Norways in this case. Håkon`s vision is to mould the Norwegian areas into one people, putting an end to the constant bickering between the different parts. Skule envies him for this. this.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Played straight, and is the moral problem of Skule. Håkon, on the other hand, seems quite unambitious, in spite of his inherited position.

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* HeroAntagonist: Skule comes across as this. In spite of his resentments towards Håkon, he is a likable and well meaning man, with moral standards. He even accepts the marriage of his daughter Margrethe and Håkon. But he is constantly pushed into it by Nikolas the Bishop.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Jatgeir, the bard in service of Skule. Also Nikolas and several others.


* CompressedAdaptation: Avoided. The play spans several years, from the "iron testing" of Håkon`s mother, and the election of Håkon in 1217, over the battles in Oslo, to the death of Skule Bårdsson in 1240. The locations also shift rather quickly. In {{real life}}, Håkon was 14 years of age when he was elected. This part seems compressed for practical reasons, and because of {{dawson casting}}. In fact, Håkon seems to age fairly little in the 23 years the play is meant to span (he would be abt 37 yers old in 1240).

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* CompressedAdaptation: Avoided. The play spans several years, from the "iron testing" of Håkon`s mother, and the election of Håkon in 1217, over the battles in Oslo, to the death of Skule Bårdsson in 1240. The locations also shift rather quickly.
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In {{real life}}, Håkon was 14 years of age when he was elected. This part seems compressed for practical reasons, and because of {{dawson casting}}. In fact, Håkon seems to age fairly little in the 23 years the play is meant to span (he would be abt 37 yers years old in 1240).

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