Sunday, 26 June 2016
The Broken Sword, Chapter II
must stoop inside a human hovel;
has slanted eyes, blue without whites or discernible pupils;
is ever youthful;
has broad forehead, high cheekbones, narrow jaw, straight nose, long pointed ears, wide shoulders and fine silver-gold hair;
wears a horned helmet, a ringed byrnie and a great red cloak.
A century long war between elves and trolls should be the subject of a fantasy trilogy, I think. But this is how it is passed over in Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword: the human witch comments that the elves have not gone forth among men very often in recent lifetimes. Imric replies:
"'...we have been too busy in our war with the trolls...I am curious to find out what has happened in the last hundred years.'" (The Broken Sword, p. 19)
There is an elf-troll truce. How long will it last? The witch replies that the Danes have come but Imric points out that before them were the:
- and the Danes will not be the last. He has "'...watched it almost since the land was made...'" and "'...it helps pass the time.'" (p. 20)
Imric describes our England. Does he already know about the Normans and later waves of immigrants? See here.