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Literature / The Sea of Trolls

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A novel by author Nancy Farmer combining historical fiction with fantasy about a Bard's apprentice living in a village on the coast of England in The Low Middle Ages. Ten chapters in, said village is invaded by Vikings, who capture him as a slave. He survives captivity by demonstrating his recently-developed magical bard powers and making himself useful to the Vikings.

In the Norse town where he ends up, events transpire which lead him to accompanying several warriors on a quest into Jotunheim, the land of the Trolls.


Nancy Farmer later wrote two sequels, Land of the Silver Apples and The Islands of the Blessed.

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The Sea of Trolls and its sequels provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Eldritch Abomination: A few appear, including one who appears to be Satan. (At least, that's what a Christian would call him. People from other religions see him differently; for example, Thorgil sees him as the Hell Hound Garm.)
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Seemingly played straight, then averted in a Twist Ending. The Bard was not dead. He was actually disguised as a bird all along.
    • He actually does die in Book 3.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Freya's cats naked and Frith naked. Also counts as Squick. Averted with Rune, whose nudity in his introduction is described tragically.

Alternative Title(s): Sea Of Trolls


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