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1[[quoteright:189:]] ''The Iron Tower'' is a trilogy of high fantasy novels in the Literature/{{Mithgar}} series by Dennis L. [=McKiernan=].²²For 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.²²Tuck 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.²----²!! This series provides examples of:²* 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.²* {{Adventure}}²* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The Ogrus/Trolls, who are giant Rucks/Goblins with stony skin and sadistic temperaments.²* 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 henchmen's tyranny for so long that any good has been beaten out of them is unclear.²* 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.²* TheAgeless: The Elves. ²* AncestralWeapon: The Red Quarrel, as well as Bane, Bale, and various other magic blades.²* {{Arcadia}}: Boskydells, home of the Warrows.²* AscendedFanfic: Developed as backstory for ''The Silver Call'', which was originally supposed to be a sequel to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.²* {{Backstory}}: To ''The Silver Call'' and other Mithgar stories.²* TheBerserker: Danner Bramblethorn, who loses his mind as the series progresses, becoming a giant ball of UnstoppableRage.²* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Warrows, who are the nicest people you'll meet, but deadly archers.²* BigBad: Modru. Gyphon's more powerful and is implied to be more evil, but it's Modru who is driving the plot.²* BittersweetEnding: The world is saved, but most of Tuck's friends are dead and he goes blind.²* TheBully: Danner has aspects of this, though he grows out of it as he befriends the others and then moves into berserker territory. ²* 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.²* CarryABigStick: Ogrus fight with warbars--huge pieces of steel that they use to beat most enemies into the ground.²%%* CommonTongue²* ConstructedWorld: Mithgar.²* DarkestHour: The Darkest Day of the third book.²* DirectLineToTheAuthor: 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." ²* DistressedDamsel: Princess Laurelin of Riamon. She does at least make some attempts at planning her own escape, but achieves nothing.²* DoomedHometown: Averted. After the Boskydells are invaded and several towns are destroyed, the Warrows fight back.²* {{Doorstopper}}: The omnibus edition is 648 pages including the appendices.²* 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.²* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Danner, who uses his last breath to loose a giant ballista bolt, killing the Ogru that was about to crush Patrel.²* EndOfAnAge: At the end of the book a new age begins.²* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The titular Iron Tower.²* FantasyWorldMap: The legend says it is "A part of Mithgar".²* FiveRaces: 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).²* GodOfEvil: Gyphon, who is basically [[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.²* GreaterScopeVillain: Gyphon, whose summoning is the purpose of the story.²* 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.²* HighFantasy²* {{Hobbits}}: These are called Warrows--slim, elf-like folk under four feet tall, who have archery as their hat.²* MadnessMantra: Danner during his final charge on the walls at the Iron Tower. "King of the Rillrock! Danner Bramblethorn is King of the Rillrock!"²* MouthOfSauron: Modru speaks through a number of men who are rendered mindless when he is not in control.²* 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 are sure to work.²* 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 since.²* OurElvesAreBetter: The elves are portrayed as better than everyone else in almost everything. Just as the 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.²* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Rucks fill the Goblin role, and have this as another of their names.²* OurOgresAreHungrier: Ogrus are a cross between the Ogre and Troll archetypes, and are essentially gigantic Rucks.²* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Rucks, Hloks, 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 size of an elephant.²* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: And there are a lot of them!²* {{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.²* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Most nobles are portrayed as people who would actually defend their subjects. Shown, for example, with Galen.²* SimultaneousArcs: The main characters are separated (some voluntarily, some not) and the story follows each character or group.²* StandardFantasySetting²* 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.²* 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.²* WitchSpecies: 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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