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Webcomic / Alfdis & Gunnora

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Alfdis & Gunnora is a grayscale webcomic hosted on ComicFury. It revolves around the burgeoning romance between two bearded women dwarves. Lady Alfdis is a noble – but Gunnora is a mere soldier. Although stupidly in love, they have never actually met.

The webcomic ran for twelve chapters but went on indefinite hiatus in December 2018 due to the author getting "sick of the story." You can read it here.

Alfdis and Gunnora contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Gunnora's siblings call her "Two Bits." Her friend Fulla calls her "Bobcat."
  • Almost Kiss: Alfdis and Gunnora spend a whole page almost-kissing.
  • Aloof Big Sister/Big Sister Mentor: Alfdis's sister Gamela seems to waver between the two of these.
  • Alt Text: Every page has Alt Text, which is usually either additional dialogue, or the author’s comments on the page or to the characters.
  • Apron Matron: Gunnora’s grandma, given the way she apparently slaps her grandkids around when they swear.
  • Arranged Marriage: Although technically Alfdis has the final say, it's clear that her parents expect her to get married to a powerful noble, rather than marry someone she loves.
  • Big "NO!": Alfdis, when Gunnora tells her that her brother Sigfried is likely dead.
  • Braids of Action: Gunnora, the soldier, wears her hair in two braids.
  • Bridal Carry: Gunnora carries Alfdis this way when she gets out of breath climbing the stairs. Gunnora likes it so much she gets distracted by the sexy!
  • Chekhov's Skill: Gunnora's ability to pierce flesh with her pike comes back in Chapter Four when she skewers the goblins attacking Alfdis.
  • Confused Question Mark: Alfdis's brother, Sigfried, "speaks" only in this and exclamation marks.
  • Courtly Love: It does have themes of “love from afar” but the plot quickly takes Alfdis and Gunnora away from the standard version.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Gunnora fights her opponents in the tournament. Specifically referenced in the Alt Text on this page.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Of a very dark nature. The scene in which Alfdis is attacked by goblins is enough like a rape scene that the author put a warning up before releasing the comic.
  • Doomed Hometown: Alfdis and Gunnora's home city, Elekhuz, is blown up.
  • Dope Slap: Delivered by Gunnora's grandmother to Gunnora - more for swearing than for being a dope.
  • Epunymous Title: Chapter Two’s title “Clan-Destiny” is a pun on clandestine.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Although we don’t actually see it, according to one of the characters in the story, Gunnora recently changed the way she styled her hair to match some of Alfdis’s braids. This is a significant change in dwarf culture, and represents falling in love.
  • Fantastic Gender and Sexuality: It mostly tells the love story of bearded lesbian dwarves, but also shows the different attitudes to gender in the fantasy setting (note the military) and the fluidity of it (everyone has beards).
  • Fantastic Racism: There appears to be a bit of it going on between humans and dwarves.
  • Gender Is No Object: Although difficult to tell with dwarves, it appears that the dwarf army has no gender restrictions.
  • Girls with Moustaches: All dwarves apparently have facial hair – Alfdis in particular has a long braided moustache.
  • Granny Classic: Gunnora’s grandmother (except for the beard, of course)
  • Hand Signals: Alfdis's brother, Sigfried, is deaf, and communicates with Alfdis primarily through hand signals.
  • Held Gaze: When Alfdis drops the ribbon.
  • Heroic BSoD: Alfdis has one after she is attacked by goblins.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Alfdis and Lord Frey, who seems to be as much a friend as a mentor.
  • Jerkass: The human knight Gunnora battles.
  • The Jinx: Gunnora appears to think she is this.
  • Lady and Knight: With Alfdis as the Lady and Gunnora as the (female) Knight.
  • The Lady's Favour:
    • Alfdis drops a ribbon from her window – Gunnora wraps it around the handle of her pike.
    • Taken further in Chapter Three, where the two exchange hair beads. Important enough that the comics depicting it had color.
  • Longing Look: Both Alfdis and Gunnora give these to each other, while assuming the other is oblivious.
  • Mentor Archetype: Lord Frey.
  • Multigenerational Household: Gunnora's family, which includes herself and her (adult) siblings, her father, and her grandmother.
  • Never Learned to Read:
    • Gunnora can’t read, but is trying to teach herself. This becomes a bit of a problem when Alfdis sends her a message.
    • Becomes quite the sting when Alfdis's father decides he can't hire Gunnora because she's illiterate.
  • No Woman's Land: Implied to be the case with humans.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Of the “bearded women” variety.
  • Our Goblins Are Different:
    • Somewhat lizardlike with large ears, which are often pierced. They also either wear some sort of war paint or have tattoos.
    • Notable in that they are a bigger threat to our protagonists than the orcs.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Extremely tall with flat-looking faces and large horns.
  • Painting the Medium: When Alfdis is attacked by goblins, she drops a lamp, which breaks. The next page is in high contrast, and the panels look like shards of glass.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Although he doesn't know it, when Alfdis's father tells her she can't marry a commoner, he effectively shoots her down.
  • Queer Romance: The main plot of the story is a romance between two women.
  • Speech Bubbles:
    • Different "fonts" of the author's handwriting represent different languages, and sometimes a speech bubble's shape can indicate mood/tone.
    • Additionally, SpeechBubblesInterruptions occasionally occur.
  • Sibling Rivalry: There appears to be a little of it going on with Gunnora and her siblings.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Of the Love Above One’s Station variety, official as of Chapter Two.
  • The Tourney: Gunnora is going to compete in one to please Alfdis.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gunnora and Fulla, who tease and swear at each other.
  • Watching Troy Burn: After their home city is blown up, Alfdis and Gunnora stand and stare in shock.
  • Written Sound Effect: Used most prominently in Chapter Three during the battles.