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Giant to make Tyrfing whole again But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self Valgard the changeling in his place among me. The Broken Sword A dark fantasy classic of Norse mythologyOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteraturePoul Anderson s The Broken Sword 1954 was selected by David Pringle in his Modern Fantasy The 100 Best Novels and is highly praised by Michael Moorcock whose character Elric of Melnibone and his demon possessed sword Stormbringer are directly inspired by The Broken Sword The audio version is narrated by Bronson Pinchot who has an amazing vocal range and narrates with passionTo get right to the point this book is amazing and deserves a much wider readership It s one of the most powerful tightly written and relentlessly dark high fantasies I ve ever read It s chock full of Norse gods demigods Vikings elves trolls goblins sea serpents evil witches dark magic mighty heroes beautiful maidens and above all tragedy doomed love and implacable fate It taps into the same rich vein of Nordic lore that JRR Tolkien did with The Lord of the Rings but hews much closer to the dark and violent but heroic tone of those earlier sagasThere are no jolly and peace loving Hobbits smoking pipes here Characters both mortal and otherwise are often cruel passionate and ruthless Yet they storyline itself harks back to the most basic and fundamental heroic stories people have told throughout history As such it feels very mythic and archetypal and the writing of Anderson is muscular rich gritty and evocative to a degree rarely seen in the bland Tolkien clone fantasy mega series that have clogged the shelves for many decades In fact the recent popularity of grim dark fantasy penned by writers like George RR Martin Joe Abercrombie Glen Cook etc can be seen as readers tiring of the same old formula and wanting a darker realistic take on fantasy adventureI see this as part of a broader shift in popular entertainment that coincides with the power of the Internet and online media distribution In the past just a few TV networks and film studios controlled the types of TV programs and movies that were available to the public but the advent of online film distribution caused an explosion of content both good and bad that has allowed for greater creative activity than ever before Perhaps this is apparent in the world of TV where in the last decade the best writing and programs are drama series like The Sopranos The Wire Game of Thrones Breaking Bad House of Cards Mad Men Homeland etc These programs share a common thread of gritty realism reinventing tired old genres and a healthy cynicism and dark humor that was lacking in the stale offerings of the traditional networksThe world of The Broken Sword is very complex and Anderson throws in hundreds of exotic names of ancient tribes lands peoples and faerie creatures that populated Europe many centuries past The effect is to blur the boundaries between the actual Norse Dane Anglo Saxon Germanic Irish Scottish Welsh and English peoples and ancient places with their rich mythology The Aesir Norse gods Odin Thor Loki make appearances as do Irish demigods and there is mention of a fearful new white god Christ who is a threat to the elder gods Such is the skill of Anderson that it is impossible to distinguish which elements are fantasy and which are historical He also provides a sense of immensely long history and ancient god like figures who only rarely venture into the temporal realms of men yet have active interest in their doings The mix of such a plethora of mythologies in The Broken Sword can be a bit confusing but the tight focus of the main story always prevents Anderson from getting lost in the infinite potential side stories that he might have examined if he were writing a multi volume epic to ensure a steady stream of royalties as most epic fantasy writers of recent years have resorted toThe Broken Sword is the story of Skafloc the human son of Orm the Strong but raised by elves and the dark changeling Valgard a half elf and half troll substituted for the infant Skafloc as a baby by a capricious elf named Imric This sets in motion a series of tragic events that culminate in massive battle between an army of elves led by Skafloc and an army of trolls led by Valgard There are other mythical creatures and gods involved in the conflict but the most intimate battles rage in the hearts of Skafloc who discovers too late that he has unknowingly fallen in love with his sister Freda and Valgard who is beguiled by an evil witch into slaying his brothers and parents which drives him from human society and into the hands of the trolls with whom he shares blood ties The two become enormously powerful warriors but at the same time are torn with feelings of guilt self loathing and the inability to take joy in anything other than killing and vengeance After discovering his love for Freda was incestuous Skafloc seeks a weapon capable of opposing the vast troll armies led by Valgard and his powerful battle axe nicknamed Brother Slayer Skafloc takes a broken sword embedded with dark and evil magic which is reforged by the giant who made it It imparts incredible strength and killing ability to the wielder but must drink blood once it has been drawn which had tragic conseuencesThe Broken Sword is one of the few books I ve read where any page you turn to will yield incredibly vivid images and descriptions but to give you an idea of the dramatic tone and writing style here is just one example in the climactic final battle between Skafloc and Valgard Like a blind man Valgard turned away wrenching the arrow from his hand He howled gnawed the rim of his shield froth at his mouth His axe began to shriek and thunder striking at all before it He was mad with killing lust Skafloc fought with a bitter flame of cold murder within him the giant sword was a living fire in his hands Blood and brains spurted heads rolled on the ground guts were slippery under his horse s hooves He fought he fought in a timeless whirlpool of death where only the icy lightning workings of his brain were real He scattered death as a sower scatters grain and wherever he went the troll lines broke Swords blazed under the moon spears flew axes smote metal and men cried their pain The horses reared trampling whinnying their blood clotted manes flying Elves and trolls died in a storm of weapons and were crushed under the swaying struggleThe Broken Sword made me want to go right back for a second listen and that s pretty rare for someone with 400 books on his TBR list It also made me much curious to explore the incredibly rich body of classic fantasy tales that inspired it including the works of ER Eddison Lord Dunsany William Morris H Rider Haggard and earlier heroic tales like the Iliad or Beowulf not to mention the almost limitless mythology and folklore of pre Christian Europe So you might consider this book a gateway drug that could easily get you hooked on ancient fantastic tales of heroism and adventure Proceed at your own peril brave warriors Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, to make Tyrfing 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Thor broke the sword Tyrfing to save the roots of Yggdrasil the tree that binds earth heaven and hell Now the elves need the w. Why is this book not popular Written four years after The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and published the same year as Tolkien s The Fellowship of the Ring Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece Combining Norse myth and legend English and World myth with historical fact and setting this tells a legendary tale economically and with a fable like tone Adventurous and entertaining as well the only reason I can think that it has been less successful than its English cousins is that where Lewis and Tolkien created fantasies rich in detail but were clearly especially Lewis a Christian allegory Anderson s book is purely mythic and leans heavily on the animistic perspective and stands outside the Christian house looking in Is this book too pagan to be marketable Anderson tells of an epic battle between elves and trolls with the Aesir and Frost giants looking on and of a tragic hero caught on the chessboard in between If you like a good fantasy and if you are interested in a blend of history and myth and any reader who enjoyed Neil Gaiman s American Gods should love this book A very good read and should be on a short list of greatest mythic fantasy books of all time الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the sword Tyrfing Writing and Selling Magazine Articles to save The Strange Bird the roots of Yggdrasil Cleopatras Daughter that binds earth heaven and hell Now Settlers the w. Why is Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this book not popular Written four years after The Lion The Sphinx the Witch and Tidelands (Fairmile the Wardrobe and published Pretty Lucy Merwyn the same year as Tolkien s The Fellowship of Strings the Ring Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece Combining Norse myth and legend English and World myth with historical fact and setting Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, this Catch and Release tells a legendary Devils Paw (Imp, tale economically and with a fable like Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, tone Adventurous and entertaining as well All Tied Up the only reason I can In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie that it has been less successful Tea Environments and Plantation Culture than its English cousins is 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains that where Lewis and Tolkien created fantasies rich in detail but were clearly especially Lewis a Christian allegory Anderson s book is purely mythic and leans heavily on Survive by the Team the animistic perspective and stands outside Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the Christian house looking in Is Tennessee! (Wagons West, too pagan Celebration! (Wagons West, to be marketable Anderson Texas! (Wagons West, tells of an epic battle between elves and I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery trolls with Revenge ni Miss Piggy the Aesir and Frost giants looking on and of a Breakfast Book tragic hero caught on The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the chessboard in between If you like a good fantasy and if you are interested in a blend of history and myth and any reader who enjoyed Neil Gaiman s American Gods should love Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, this book A very good read and should be on a short list of greatest mythic fantasy books of all A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery time

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Eapon for their war against the trolls Only Scafloc a human kidnapped and raised by elves can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice. The Broken Sword is an essential work of heroic fantasy as important to the development of the genre as Eddison and Tolkien Howard and Leiber If it is neglected today that is partly because it is uniue it stands alone not part of a multi volume saga or the trilogies that are fashionable today But it is also neglected I believe because it is a cold book literally cold in its setting most of it takes place in winter but metaphorically cold as well It is a grim tale full of hardship and scant of pity worthy of the old Scandinavian sagas that inspired itIt tells of the struggle between Skafloc a human child raised by elves and of the changeling Valgard half elf half troll left behind in his place The two are destined to battle each other in the great war between the elves and the trolls and the Broken Sword a god s gift to the infant Skafloc is fated to determine the course of their dark destinyMichael Moorcock loved his book as a boy and considered it superior to Tolkien His elf King Elric of Melnibone and his fateful sword Stormbringer would never have existed at least not in their present form without the influence of Poul Anderson s Skafloc and The Broken SwordPlease don t let my comment about how cold this book is dissuade you from reading it I enjoyed this book and although its overall impression is a cold one it contains much variety Its three most prominent worlds of the humans the elves and the trolls are each distinctively realized with their own pleasures and dangers and the gods the goblins the devils and the witches add much to the mix In addition the doomed love between Skafloc and Freda is frankly sensual and tender and heat up the whole novel even in the dead of winter just a bit 777 the Lost Blood their war against Know My Name the Abandoned Alice trolls Only Scafloc a human kidnapped and raised by elves can hope Map My Heart to persuade Bolverk Scandal the ice. The Broken Sword is an essential work of heroic fantasy as important The Fashion Condition to Embellish Me the development of The Snakehead the genre as Eddison and Tolkien Howard and Leiber If it is neglected The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, that is partly because it is uniue it stands alone not part of a multi volume saga or Truly Wilde the VEGAN ganz anders trilogies Albert Reynolds that are fashionable An Infamous Army (Alastair, today But it is also neglected I believe because it is a cold book literally cold in its setting most of it Score! takes place in winter but metaphorically cold as well It is a grim Abela tale full of hardship and scant of pity worthy of A Sisters Secret the old Scandinavian sagas Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch that inspired itIt Butchers Crossing tells of Unchained Melanie the struggle between Skafloc a human child raised by elves and of Olivias Luck the changeling Valgard half elf half Middle Class Problems troll left behind in his place The The City of London, Volume 2 two are destined Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible to battle each other in How We Lived Then the great war between Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the elves and Winnie Davis the The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries trolls and The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the Broken Sword a god s gift The Tower to The Seeds of Time the infant Skafloc is fated The New Black to determine Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the course of Two Hours their dark destinyMichael Moorcock loved his book as a boy and considered it superior Finding Us (Finding, to Tolkien His elf King Elric of Melnibone and his fateful sword Stormbringer would never have existed at least not in The Christmas Killer t let my comment about how cold The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination this book is dissuade you from reading it I enjoyed The Lost Revolution this book and although its overall impression is a cold one it contains much variety Its Marion Mahony Reconsidered three most prominent worlds of The Girl in the Glass Tower the humans The Great Divide the elves and The Lady and the Peacock the Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith trolls are each distinctively realized with The Real Deal their own pleasures and dangers and The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 the gods The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories the witches add much The Winter of the Lions to The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the mix In addition The Not So Invisible Woman the doomed love between Skafloc and Freda is frankly sensual and A Short History of Egypt tender and heat up The Boss the whole novel even in Captain Greys Lady the dead of winter just a bit


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