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The Saga of the People of Tattúín River Valley (or Tattúínárdǿla saga in the original Old Norse) is the story of Star Wars, retold by Jackson Crawford as an Icelandic saga. It can be read here, both in Old Norse and in the English back-translation.


Tropes found in Tattúínárdǿla saga include:

  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: In line with the ethos of the sagas, where a high value is placed on loyalty to a liege lord, Lúkr's attempt to persuade his father Anakinn to turn against King Falfaðinn fails when Anakinn sadly concludes that his loyalty to the King is more important than his loyalty to his family, and executes his own son as a traitor. The saga then goes on to tell how Anakinn was killed in turn by his grandson, Leia's son.
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  • Alternate History: Used as a part of the Framing Device for the story, in the acompanying blog's history this saga has been well known to the serious Germanic scholars, with George Lucas purpotedly using a medieval German version as a basis for his telling.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Inverted, in that the fantasy cultures of Star Wars are mapped to real-world cultures. For example, Tsuibakka/Chewbacca is a frisian (which explain his unability to speak a common language). In an interesting twist, Nǫbu and Þíðborg are actually two different cultures entirely, the first being a river in Iceland, neighbouring the Tattúin river, and the other being a town in Ireland.
  • The Dog Shot First: The "Han shot first" controversy is discussed in this story. Hani agrees to an axe-throwing Showdown at High Noon with Grído, only to win by cheating and throwing his axe first.
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  • Mythology Gag: The 'translator' notes of Jóði that "his remarks are confusing in the text as preserved and are probably much damaged by later redactors – the word order is considerably jumbled".
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Jarjari appears in only one scene, beating up Anakinn in a wrestling match (taking place of the podrace) and getting killed by him in turn.
  • Un Installment: Chapters 37 to 41, which should cover the attack on the Daudstjarna/Death Star, battle for Hoth and Lúkr's training with Jóði/Yoda, are missing, to simulate an actual experience of a discovered 1000-year-old manuscript.

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