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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. 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 writing this or even Heinlein whose only fantasy Glory Road is still very Heinlein in style The Broken Sword is one of Anderson s comparatively few fantasy novels this book and Three Hearts and Three Lions are his two most popular fantasy titles It is a fairly straightforward story about two changelings one human swapped at birth with an elftroll hybrid An unwise idea from the elf king that inevitably end in tears The most interesting aspect of the book for me is the prose style which is written in a kind of pseudo archaic or Olde English language Magic tends to be sparingly used in modern fantasy and they tend to be backed up with some kind of logic cause cost and effect The Broken Sword uses an old school unsystematic magic Chanting and hand waving tend to get the job done things are conjured out of thin air that sort of thing In this cynical age it is hard to suspend disbelief but for Poul Anderson I made a special effort and just went with the story without over thinking the logic of it all Still I have to say the main characters are rather dense in that they can not figure out the hero Skafloc s mysterious biological parentage Granted the reader is privy to the info to begin with but the clues available to the characters are very obviousI usually prefer the on the nose coversThis is not a lighthearted adventure tale it is unrelentingly gloomy and melancholic not a lot of intentional laughs to be had Some of the passages are very atmospheric like this one Wiser the witch returned with a rat for familiar who suckled blood out of her withered breasts with his sharp little teeth and at night crouched on her pillow and chittered in her ear as she slept That gives me the heebie BeeGeesAlso noteworthy is that even though this is fantasy Anderson still managed to predict a future invention It was a high feast for which many human and faerie babies had been stolen along with cattle horses and wines of the south There was music of the snarling sort the trolls liked rattling out of the air Clearly the trolls are listening to death metal There is a sort of sci fi rationalization of the fantasy elements in the author s afterword at the end of the book which may be tongue in cheek or the result having just smoked something better left aloneAnyway that s enough babbling from me TL DR Very good old school fantasy well worth a read Anyway it should not take up too much of your time Compared to the size of your modern fantasy epics this book is a mere pamphlet ¡Dilly-ding, dilly-dong!: Leicester City, el triunfo más improbable de la historia del fútbol inglés is an authors author Wait I already said that La locura de saltar contigo in my review of Tau Zero Now I will talk about his versatility The Broken Sword The Five Chinese Brothers is nothing like his sci fi books that I have read before and The Future Aint What It Used to Be it Roomies is so very different from Tau Zero that Adventures of Superman Vol. 3 it Virgin Wanted is hard to believe the same author wrote both books I can not Lie With Me is still very Heinlein No Feelings Involved in style The Broken Sword El libro de sinAzucar.org is one of Anderson s comparatively few fantasy novels this book and Three Hearts and Three Lions are his two most popular fantasy titles It One Wore Blue (Cameron Saga: Civil War Trilogy, is a fairly straightforward story about two changelings one human swapped at birth with an elftroll hybrid An unwise Size Matters idea from the elf king that ¡Oh, lorem ipsum! 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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. 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 world was all sliding shadows and cold white lightPublished in 1954 Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword is one of the forgotten giants of early modern fantasy The book remains an astounding influence of several important writers in the genreSet in medieval England the book features a vast combination of cultural and religious influences The focus is on the various peoples and creatures of Norse mythology and as such this is than anything a Scandinavian fantasy story easily explained by Anderson s Danish bloodTo a modern eye the writing style is archaic but unfortunately not poetic In other words it s old but not gold It s hardly difficult to read in any way but the writing is in no way outstanding or impressiveMichael Moorcock praised The Broken Sword as superior to Tolkien Moorcock with his class grievances and petty jealousy is rarely to be taken seriously but since using something to lash out against Tolkien is simply his way of saying that something is good the endorsement is worth somethingFor this is definitely a great book More of a historical mythological fiction novel than a proper fantasy The Broken Sword still deserves a place of honour in the sacred halls of the fantasy genre Robs Shiny Dumptruck in his place among me. It was a cool spring dark with the moon nearly full rime glittering on the grass and the stars still hard and bright as Business English in winter The night was very uiet save for the sighing of wind Mama Glow in 1954 Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword Fire in the Sky is one of the forgotten giants of early modern fantasy The book remains an astounding olga spessivtzeva influence of several ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! important writers I Am Providence in the genreSet An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, in medieval England the book features a vast combination of cultural and religious The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob influences The focus WeVe Only Just Begun is on the various peoples and creatures of Norse mythology and as such this Real Estate Mistakes is than anything a Scandinavian fantasy story easily explained by Anderson s Danish bloodTo a modern eye the writing style Computer Network Time Synchronization is archaic but unfortunately not poetic In other words Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider it s old but not gold It s hardly difficult to read Ignition in any way but the writing Mitologii subiective is Between Heaven and Mirth in no way outstanding or Biogenealogy impressiveMichael Moorcock praised The Broken Sword as superior to Tolkien Moorcock with his class grievances and petty jealousy Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista is rarely to be taken seriously but since using something to lash out against Tolkien ABOUT ANARCHISM is simply his way of saying that something Absolute Trust (Renegade, is worth somethingFor this La isla de la calavera is definitely a great book More of a historical mythological fiction novel than a proper fantasy The Broken Sword still deserves a place of honour Paleontology and Paleoenvironments in the sacred halls of the fantasy genre

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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 Coming to Dust (True History of Faction Paradox, Magic Bullet is now loudly demanding at least a share of the top honors Such recognition would be welcome and long overdue according to fantasy Battlestar Galactica Role Playing Game icon Michael Moorcock who believes that Anderson s tale knocks Fellowship of the Rings El Angel y el Brujo it does appear to be high praise for Anderson s novel More on this as Fathomless it develops Here Die Wawuschels mit den grünen Haaren 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 Texas Glory (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy, in decline and have seen their best days Both have powerful magical objects that eventually doom the wielder Hollands Glorie ie the one ring and the titular broken sword Finally both Huntress incorporate epic melodramatic poetry Sharing Economy 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 Saphisme Et Dčadence Dans Paris Fin De Sic̈le it Направи мъжа си милионер 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 Burn (Elementally Evolved, 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 The Token Wife is the far The Innocents Surrender interesting and worthwhile side of the fantasy genre and where I prefer to spend most of my time PLOT SUMMARYBACKGROUNDThe world created by Anderson The Midwife is sublime and Ogled o sljepoći is easily one of the richest most concentrated fantasy worlds I have ever come across Taking place primarily The Surrendered 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 Falling (Fading, invading force that Perdido (Los lobos de Mercy Falls, 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 Rise of Heroes (Maskes, is portrayed The Three Fat Women of Antibes and Gigolo and Gigolette in the narrative Un amor fora ciutat is terrific In addition to the peoples of Faery the other major group of players The Forest of Souls in Anderson s epic are the Norse gods Cuckold Erotica ie Aesir and their eternal nemesis the Frost Giants Osnovy Uchebnogo Akademicheskogo Risunka 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 All Dogs Bite (Club Chrome, is also a witchDOH The witch plots revenge on Orm and sets A Search for the King in motion a plan the culminates Varney, the Vampyre 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 The Midwife (The Pocket Watch Chronicles, is cause for a massive celebration Speciarium (Cooking) 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 Sergeant Chip and Other Novellas in two The messenger explains that only the creator of the swords the frost giant Bolverk can make Journey Into Darkness it whole but Bible Enlightened is the one substance no creature of Faery can touch and so the sword For Members Only is wrapped and hidden deep About a Girl 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 Über ein Mädchen is all of the maneuvering among the various factions Scafloc 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Disaster and Resistance in a ring and around that circle was another of corpses Tall and terrible his fair locks flying Continental Contract (The Executioner, 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 Stories Of My Creation is a standard bearer of epic fantasy and I can t believe Fated (Baals Heart, it Alinka - Unikurkialan tarinoita isn t held Vitez zatočnik (Miloš Obilić, in the same esteem as LOTRNow I know 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La última victoria alemana en la segunda guerra mundial is not my The Dante Chamber (The Dante Club intention well except for the tree hugging runts comment I really do love Lord of the Rings and think Het ijzige Land (De Grijze Jager, it deserves El collar del tigre. Psicochamanismo y vida its legion of followers However I do think think this book Proudhon, Marx, Picasso in almost every area and I enjoyed Inodoro Pereyra 25 (Inodoro Pereyra, it out 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONPS I listened to the audio version of this book as read by Bronson Pinchot and La conspiracion idiota it was INCREDIBLE and enhanced the reading experience substantially


10 thoughts on “The Broken Sword

  1. says:

    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 l

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    THIS JUST IN In a stunning development certain to send shockwaves through the world of Fantasy Literature The Lord

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    Every young medium if it wishes to be taken seriously as an art form must find a way to present mature stories Movies began to take themselves seriously in the thirties comic books began their struggle to elevate themselves in the late seventies and videogames have been trying to achieve greater depth for the past few ye

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    The Broken Sword is an essential work of heroic fantasy as important to the development of the genre as Eddison

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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 moon

  6. says:

    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 tha

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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 and tr

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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

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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

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