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Old August 5, 2012, 16:42   #1
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Books like the Broken Sword?

Hey everyone,

I'm re-reading the Silmarillion for the first time in a decade, and I just finished up the Turin story. I've seen this story/theme over and over again (cursed sword ends up causing incest and doom), in Eric Brighteyes and the Broken Sword.

The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson is one of my favorite books of all time -- greater than anything Tolkein, to me -- and I've tried and failed to find solid analogues to it. Howard's Conan was similar in tone, and they were sort of neat. I tried the Melnibone books, and they were terribad.

I figured I'd ask here, given the fantastic/old-school bent of most Angbanders. Any good nihilistic Viking-esque fantasy that I might be missing out on?
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Old August 5, 2012, 17:01   #2
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I just happened to read this:
http://grognardia.blogspot.fi/2012/0...e-of-hauk.html

The blog post is about a great viking short story by Poul Anderson. Maybe you have already read it?
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Old August 5, 2012, 17:37   #3
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Are you familiar with the real Icelandic sagas? Many of them are a lot like the gritty fantasy stories based on them: fast, violent, and grim. If you happen to find good translations, they're really enjoyable to read.

For the Finnish speakers out there, I can recommend Antti Tuuri's translations.

One of my all-time favourite books is a collection of short sagas, including these three:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnlaugs_saga_ormstungu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrafnkels_saga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%ADga-Gl%C3%BAms_saga
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David Eddings- The Belgeraid series- my all time favorite, it's about a Dark God, prophecy, a powerful stone that nobody but the heir of Riva Iron-Grip can touch, and ancient legendary sorcerers who are the disciples of Aldur who watch the world, and keep it safe from a Dark God named Kal Torak.

David Eddings- The Mallorean- a continuation of the first series, after the war.

Dennis L. Mckernien ( think I spelled that Right) - The Iron Tower trilogy, and the Silver call duology, kinda rare nowdays. Very good books with a wonderful story, very much like tolkien, almost similar in some ways, but with an altogether different story.

Othe than those I enjoy very much Forgotten realms books, and dragonlance novels.
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Animation in books? Do you mean some movie instead?
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Seems to have disappeared, so I guess you were right.
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I've started reading through the icelandic sagas, and it's exactly what I was looking for. Awesome stuff.

Malak: I read Eddings chronically as a kid, and I read the Iron Tower when I was like 11 or 12, but remember nothing of it. Perhaps I should give it a re-read!
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I just happened to read this:
http://grognardia.blogspot.fi/2012/0...e-of-hauk.html

The blog post is about a great viking short story by Poul Anderson. Maybe you have already read it?
I've never heard of this before! I'm going to check it out.

It's funny -- Poul Anderson said that the Broken Sword was among the least favorite of his own works! Nothing like an author's comment to make one feel like a philistine.
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Malak: I read Eddings chronically as a kid, and I read the Iron Tower when I was like 11 or 12, but remember nothing of it. Perhaps I should give it a re-read!
Eddings' modus operandi is to play his fantasy tropes straight to the hilt, but to do so in as amusing a way as possible. It's a really weird juxtaposition of utterly unoriginal structure combined with absolutely original implementation.
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