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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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Giant to make Tyrfing whole again But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self Valgard the changeling in his place among me. 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 trolls that mourn their lost daughters Odin disguised as Lucifer and Lucifer coming to mock and offer no succor even to those who swear fealty There is a White God bringing change all shall fear Him There is a wintry saga cold and bleak The Broken SwordA witch smiles in joy at her rat familiar gleeful at the breaking they have wrought A woman mourns the devastation of her family longing for death and finding it A story brings together all the legends and myths and races and gods and breaks them binds them breaks them again An author writes of grim destiny in words calm and clear and remorseless finding the poetry in broken things and the breaking then reshaping of the world A reader read a broken paperback and marveled at the sublime despair A book sang from tattered pages came such sad and terrible songs Alas

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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


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 C

  2. says:

    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 leas

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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 yearsYet li

  4. says:

    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 negl

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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

  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 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 Bro

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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 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 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 trolls that mourn their lost daughters; Odin disguised as Lucifer and Luci

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    The Broken Sword A dark fantasy classic of Norse mythologyOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteraturePoul Anderson’s The Broken Sword

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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

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