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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 THIS JUST IN In a stunning development certain to send shockwaves through the world of Fantasy Literature The Lord of the Rings long considered by many to be the Greatest Epic Fantasy of all time has been bitch slapped and bitch smote by Poul Anderson s 1954 dark fantasy epic The Broken Sword Anderson s story is now loudly demanding at least a share of the top honors Such recognition would be welcome and long overdue according to fantasy icon Michael Moorcock who believes that Anderson s tale knocks Fellowship of the Rings into a cocked hat Linguists are currently hard at work translating what the hell Moorcock s statement means but it does appear to be high praise for Anderson s novel More on this as it develops Here is a breakdown of this criminally overshadowed epic fantasy tale provided to us by some FANTAnerd who reads way too many books about elves and wizards When looking at Lord of the Rings and The Broken Sword one can t help but notice a number of similarities between the two epics Both Tolkien and Anderson drew on well known myth sources from places like England Scandinavia and Ireland as a primary backdrop for their stories Both have elves dwarves trolls and other non human races that pre date man and whose societies are in decline and have seen their best days Both have powerful magical objects that eventually doom the wielder ie the one ring and the titular broken sword Finally both incorporate epic melodramatic poetry into the narrativeHowever this is where the two books FOREVER part company Tolkien skips off and builds a light kiddie friendly playground around a bunch of tree hugging runts with hairy feet Anderson hacks and machetes a path much truer to the source material from which it is drawn and creates a dark savage world where rape murder and atrocities are a way of life and humans are used as pawns by immoral or at least amoral gods who orchestrate events for their own hidden purposes While Tolkien paved the way for commercially popular successors like Robert Jordan David Eddings and Terry Brooks the influence of Anderson s tale can be seen running through the veins of the darker noirish fantasy tradition exemplified by writers like Michael Moorcock China Mieville Neil Gaiman and Joe AbercrombieFor my money this latter group is the far interesting and worthwhile side of the fantasy genre and where I prefer to spend most of my time PLOT SUMMARYBACKGROUNDThe world created by Anderson is sublime and is easily one of the richest most concentrated fantasy worlds I have ever come across Taking place primarily in viking controlledinfluenced England around 1000 1100 AD Anderson draws from multiple traditions to create a mesmerizing blend of NorseEnglishIrish mythology with the added aspect of the steady creep of the Christian tradition as an invading force that is slowly eroding the powers of the old gods For example as the story begins the spread of Christianity referred to as White Christ has so diminished the power of the realms of Faery eg elves trolls sprites sidhe goblins etc that only humans gifted with witchsight can even perceive them The way this is portrayed in the narrative is terrific In addition to the peoples of Faery the other major group of players in Anderson s epic are the Norse gods ie Aesir and their eternal nemesis the Frost Giants ie Jotunn These Norse gods remind one of the old ancient tales and they are anything but Hollywood I hesitate to call them evil but they are certainly the supreme manipulators of the story and most of the narrative threads are set in motion as a result of their clever maneuvers The story begins with a viking named Orm stealing coastal land from an Englishman and slaughtering the man s entire family except for an aging grandmother who manages to escape and who is also a witchDOH The witch plots revenge on Orm and sets in motion a plan the culminates in Imrac an elf earl stealing Orm s newborn son to be fostered with the elves In the baby s place Imrac leaves a changeling he created by raping a captured troll princessI told you this wasn t Disney The elves name the human baby Scafloc and Orm and his wife name the changeling Valgard The fostering of a human child by the elves is cause for a massive celebration in the realm of Faery At the celebration a messenger from the Norse gods presents a present to Imrac to be given to Scafloc when he becomes an adult It is a massive iron sword broken in two The messenger explains that only the creator of the swords the frost giant Bolverk can make it whole but it will serve Scafloc well Iron is the one substance no creature of Faery can touch and so the sword is wrapped and hidden deep in the castle behind magic spells Wellthat s about all of the set up I want to give as so much of the wonder of the story is all of the maneuvering among the various factions Scafloc grows to be mighty warrior and wielder of elf magic Valgard also grow to be a mighty warrior but one with a violent temper and the very image of a Viking berserker Both Valgard and Scafloc become pivotal pawns in a complex massive epic orchestrated by the gods and involving all out and I mean ALL OUT war between the Elves and their allies and the trolls and their allies Much of the book is taken up with the massive war between the elves and trolls and it is as good as it gets The battle scenes in this book in my opinion absolutely put Tolkien to shame and are epic violent and loaded with the melodramatic prose so reminiscent of the ancient heroic sagas Swords flew in a blur that spouted blood The shock and crash of metal drowned wind and sea The elves stood in a ring and around that circle was another of corpses Tall and terrible his fair locks flying in the gale and his eyes ablaze with blue hell flames Scafloc loomed over the struggle Never did his sword rest and he ducked the clumsy troll thrusts and swipes with a flickering grace from which his own glaive darted like a snake s tooth The trolls began to fall away from him and his band cleared the bows Now forward he yelled The elves advanced sternward behind a curtain of flashing steel Mightily did the trolls fight Elves sank with crushed skulls or cloven bellies or transfixed hearts But the trolls went back and back only their trampled dead holding fast I can not express how much this book resonated with me This is a standard bearer of epic fantasy and I can t believe it isn t held in the same esteem as LOTRNow I know it may seem that I am dumping a bit on old JRR and I want to be clear that this is not my intention well except for the tree hugging runts comment I really do love Lord of the Rings and think it deserves its legion of followers However I do think think this book is superior in almost every area and I enjoyed it far than I ever enjoyed Tolkien If you prefer Moorcock Mieville and Abercrombie to Jordan Eddings and Brooks than I think you may find yourself agreeing with me Regardless you should definitely check it out 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONPS I listened to the audio version of this book as read by Bronson Pinchot and it was INCREDIBLE and enhanced the reading experience substantially Tame a Wild Heart (Tame, broke the sword Tyrfing to save the roots of Yggdrasil the tree that Voyeur (Colección Maestros del Erotismo, binds earth heaven and hell Now the elves need the w THIS JUST IN In a stunning development certain to send shockwaves through the world of Fantasy Literature The Lord of the Rings long considered Omega Twink by many to Demon Seduction (Seductive Shorts be the Greatest Epic Fantasy of all time has God Help the Child been To Serve is Divine (The Divine Trilogy, bitch slapped and The Maid and the Billionaire Prince bitch smote The Friend (Its Just Us Here, by Poul Anderson s 1954 dark fantasy epic The Broken Sword Anderson s story is now loudly demanding at least a share of the top honors Such recognition would Delacroix be welcome and long overdue according to fantasy icon Michael Moorcock who Pan Samochodzik i uroczysko believes that Anderson s tale knocks Fellowship of the Rings into a cocked hat Linguists are currently hard at work translating what the hell Moorcock s statement means Cat but it does appear to Idun (Sagan om Valhalla, be high praise for Anderson s novel More on this as it develops Here is a The Colour of His Hair breakdown of this criminally overshadowed epic fantasy tale provided to us Rhcsa & Rhce Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: Training and Exam Preparation Guide (EX200 and EX300) by some FANTAnerd who reads way too many The Edwardian Modiste books about elves and wizards When looking at Lord of the Rings and The Broken Sword one can t help Siedmiu wspaniałych. Poczet pierwszych sekretarzy KC PZPR but notice a number of similarities Grandchildren of Alcoholics between the two epics Both Tolkien and Anderson drew on well known myth sources from places like England Scandinavia and Ireland as a primary Celluloid San Francisco backdrop for their stories Both have elves dwarves trolls and other non human races that pre date man and whose societies are in decline and have seen their A Short History of the British People best days Both have powerful magical objects that eventually doom the wielder ie the one ring and the titular Trapped with the Alpha (Balfour Shifters, both incorporate epic melodramatic poetry into the narrativeHowever this is where the two Najkrótszy przewodnik po sobie samym books FOREVER part company Tolkien skips off and Pantaloon, The Twelve-Pound Look, Rosalind, and the Will; builds a light kiddie friendly playground around a Calisthenics Reloaded: The Science of Building Muscle and Burning Fat with Bodyweight Training (English Edition) bunch of tree hugging runts with hairy feet Anderson hacks and machetes a path much truer to the source material from which it is drawn and creates a dark savage world where rape murder and atrocities are a way of life and humans are used as pawns A Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance by immoral or at least amoral gods who orchestrate events for their own hidden purposes While Tolkien paved the way for commercially popular successors like Robert Jordan David Eddings and Terry Brooks the influence of Anderson s tale can The Independent Consulting Manual be seen running through the veins of the darker noirish fantasy tradition exemplified Teddy and His Bear (Oh My!, by writers like Michael Moorcock China Mieville Neil Gaiman and Joe AbercrombieFor my money this latter group is the far interesting and worthwhile side of the fantasy genre and where I prefer to spend most of my time PLOT SUMMARYBACKGROUNDThe world created Das graue Zimmer by Anderson is sublime and is easily one of the richest most concentrated fantasy worlds I have ever come across Taking place primarily in viking controlledinfluenced England around 1000 1100 AD Anderson draws from multiple traditions to create a mesmerizing ارسطوی بغداد - از عقل یونانی به وحی قرآنی / aristote de bagdad blend of NorseEnglishIrish mythology with the added aspect of the steady creep of the Christian tradition as an invading force that is slowly eroding the powers of the old gods For example as the story A Fifteenth-Century Venetians Adventures in Ottoman Lands begins the spread of Christianity referred to as White Christ has so diminished the power of the realms of Faery eg elves trolls sprites sidhe goblins etc that only humans gifted with witchsight can even perceive them The way this is portrayed in the narrative is terrific In addition to the peoples of Faery the other major group of players in Anderson s epic are the Norse gods ie Aesir and their eternal nemesis the Frost Giants ie Jotunn These Norse gods remind one of the old ancient tales and they are anything Bez Dachu but Hollywood I hesitate to call them evil The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok but they are certainly the supreme manipulators of the story and most of the narrative threads are set in motion as a result of their clever maneuvers The story Le Reste du monde begins with a viking named Orm stealing coastal land from an Englishman and slaughtering the man s entire family except for an aging grandmother who manages to escape and who is also a witchDOH The witch plots revenge on Orm and sets in motion a plan the culminates in Imrac an elf earl stealing Orm s newborn son to My Name Was Judas be fostered with the elves In the Morbo baby s place Imrac leaves a changeling he created Natural Language Learning by raping a captured troll princessI told you this wasn t Disney The elves name the human In Passion and Blood (Drone Vampire Chronicles, baby Scafloc and Orm and his wife name the changeling Valgard The fostering 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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 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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


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    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

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    THIS JUST IN In a stunning development certain to send shockwaves through the world of Fantasy Literature The Lord of the Rings long considered by many to be the Greatest Epic Fantasy of all time has been bitch slapped and bitch smote by Poul Anderson's 1954 dark fantasy epic The Broken Sword Anderson's story is now loudly demanding at least a share of the top honors Such recognition would be welcome and long overdue according to fantasy

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    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

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    Many ages ago when majestic forests dominated our lands and little cottages of hay and wood were the only thing protecting the hairy humans from the elements tales were not just tales The stories passed down from one generation to the next held Truth The stories read in those days were never forgotten They were carved in trees and stones they were carried with the water and the wind they were illuminated by the stars and the mo

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    Poul Anderson is an authors' author Wait I already said that in my review of Tau Zero Now I will talk about his versatility The Broken Sword is nothing like his sci fi books that I have read before and it is so very different from Tau Zero that it is hard to believe the same author wrote both books I can not imagine Arthur C Clarke

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    It was a cool spring dark with the moon nearly full rime glittering on the grass and the stars still hard and bright as in winter The night was very uiet save for the sighing of wind in budding branches and the w

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    There is a broken sword and there is a broken thing a changeling the story's villain There is a man and a woman and both shall be broken as well; love shall bind them and love shall break them There are elves that rape their prisoners

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    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

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    There are hundreds of good fantasy books several that can be considered classics Only a few can be compared in any fashion to the The Lord of the Rings For me this is one of them It may not be as grand or as ambitious as LOTR but The Broken Sword is recognized by several in the know as an unheralded classic by Poul Anderson a major fantasy science fiction master and this book a personal favorite of mineThe Broken Swor

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