Follow TV Tropes


Web Comic / Vpnthjfr saga

Go To
The comic's title page

Vápnthjófr saga is a Historical Fantasy comic set in a World of Funny Animals, that started in january 2020.

The comic takes place in the nordic kingdom of Jamtaland, where a religious conflict has spiraled into a civil war. An unlikely group is wrapped up in the conflict and sent out on a seemingly impossible mission.

The comic can be read here.

This comic provides examples of:

  • All Crimes Are Equal: To some of the nobility, insults are treated as a crime as serious as manslaughter. In viking society, this would've been the case in real life, as the viking society was very honour-based and insulting someone was therefore a serious offense.
  • Alliterative Family: Shirin & Shadi/Hjalmar & Hjördis.
  • All There in the Manual: The author's notes gives a lot of additional historical facts.
  • Art Shift: The prologue is presented in the style of the Edda manuscripts. It later shifts to the regular style.
  • Advertisement:
  • Animal Facial Hair: A subtle example- Some male characters has shaggier, longer fur on their jaws and chins, to suggest beards.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Very much averted. All the funny animals have sizes roughly corresponding to their real life differences. For instance Unni (arctic fox) and Shirin (pine marten) are roughly the size of Hillevi's (bear) cubs. The weapon thief is an exception, for obvious reasons.
  • Antagonist Title: Vápnthjófr is Old Norse for “weapon thief”. As in the appellation of the Jotun slaughtering the Aesir followers.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Averted. Vide's baby screaming sets off a chain of events that puts Unni and her friends in a lot of trouble.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: None of the characters wear shoes and they're all animals.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: The weapon thief stops a sword with her bare hand.
  • Advertisement:
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Unni the arctic fox. Brows as thick as the eyes!
  • Cats Are Magic: Freya, the goddess of magic, fertility and death, is an european lynx.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Three protagonists happen to be outside the queen's hall for entirely different reasons when events happen that force them into a Suicide Mission. Unni is being dragged there by a drunken chieftain who thinks she insulted him, Hillevi is lodging an objection to being drafted into the aesir-vanir religious war, Shirin is pleading for her sister's release. Then the chieftain gets annoyed with Shirin's pleas and decides to kill her too, which prompts Mama Bear to rip his throat out. Thus the queen ends up sentencing the three of them to slay the weapon thief.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The weapon thief seemingly curb-stomped an entire fortress off-screen.
  • Cute Little Fangs: The carnivore species has them, including those on the cute side of the spectrum.
  • Downer Beginning: The first scene after the prologue takes place in a prison, with prisoners lingering at deaths' door.
  • Feather Fingers: The birds are designed this way.
  • Foreign Language Title: The title is in old Norse.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: Herja and the weapon thief were apperantly friends in the past, abut various dark events in their pasts drove them apart and now Herja is out for the weapon thief's blood.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four leads: Hillevi is Phlegmatic, Unni is Sanguine, Herja is Choleric and Shirin is Melancholic.
  • Furry Comic
  • Furry Reminder: Ailu the snowy owl eats a flatbread burrito by swallowing it whole in the same manner that an owl would swallow a lemming or a mouse. An adder mentions shedding skins, the pine martens live in a treehouse and the animals run on all fours sometimes.
  • Has Two Mommies: Hillevi is a woman; she and her wife have three kids.
  • Historical Fantasy: The webcomic takes place in the Viking age, and has themes of Norse myths.
  • I Have a Family: Hillevi tries to argue this when she's about to be forceably drafted. The soldier doesn't care.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Vide, a mountain hare, is an adoptive father figure to Ailu, a snowy owl.
  • It's Personal: Herja doesn't just go after the weapon thief to settle a war or to save her own life- She has a personal beef with her.
  • Large and in Charge: The queen of the Aesir worshippers is a moose, Scandinavia's largest land animal.
  • Low Fantasy: Apart from the funny animals, there's not much supernatural of magical events happening.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Hillevi is a blacksmith and (retired) warrior, her wife Nanna is a priestess of Freya.
  • No Cartoon Fish: Averted by some official artwork, depicting the underwater societies of the comic's universe. Fish are stated to be just as sapient as terrestrial animals, they just go unclothed sincem fabric would just weigh them down in the water.
  • One-Man Army: The weapon thief is told to be able to slay entire armies by herself.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: The Weapon Thief is a Jotun looking like a fifteen-foot-tall white aurochs (undomesticated cow).
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A retired warrior blacksmith, a traveling musician, a booksmart runecarver and a scarred ex-prisoner on a vengeance quest.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • Herja spends years chained up in a fortress cell, waiting for her chance to take revenge. Then the Weapon Thief destroys the fortress and slaughters her captors, apparently specifically to free her, so Herja swears her revenge on her instead.
    • Hillevi sees the whole war between Aesir and Vanir worshipers as a ridiculous Cycle of Revenge that needs to stop, and gets in trouble for refusing to participate.
  • Running on All Fours: Many characters drop to all fours when running.
  • Scenery Porn: The comic frequently indulges in splash panels of Jämtland's scenery, with mountains, rivers, lakes and forests.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Hillevi has this attitude towards the leadership, with her refusing to participate in the war and protecting commoners from vengeful nobility.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Water shrews, lammergeiers, mergansers and capercallies has shown up. One main character is a pine marten. And the weapon thief is not only a Jotun but an aurochs, the very rarely seen ancestor of domestic cattle (extinct since 1627).
  • Silent Scenery Panel: Used often, to show off places such as fortresses, islands, docks, towns etc. and the characters homes.
  • Translation Convention: When Unni & her friends speak in Sami, the dialogue is presented as English text within brackets and an asterisk explaining that it is Sami they're speaking. And it's generally assumed the rest of the cast are usually speaking Old Norse, written as English.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Several main characters are carnivores, but all we see them eat is vegetables, bread and mushrooms.
  • Webcomic Time: In the comic's first year, only about a day has passed in-universe.
  • Wham Shot: Noteble examples are the weapon thief breaking through the walls of the prison fortress and Hillevi killing the chieftain who just pulled a knife on Unni, both illustrated with full-page splash panels. There's also the splash panel where Herja charges at Hillevi, Unni & Shirin after they followed a blood trail leading them to her.
  • When Elders Attack: Shirin's elderly father smacks a guard with his walking stick after he insinuates that he'll see the potential loss of his daughters as a worthwhile sacrifice for victory.
  • World of Funny Animals: A world populated entirely with anthropomorphic animals, who sits on the Funny Animal part of the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The roe deer chieftain Leif. In his drunken, enraged state, he hits both Ailu & Shirin (The former a child, the latter a woman, and both species significantly smaller than him) and he also smacks Unni around until finally Threatening to kill her.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: