The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson Online

The Broken Sword
Title : The Broken Sword
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ISBN : 0575074256
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 274 pages

The first great modern American fantasy Baird SearlesThor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven and hell But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade B The first great modern American fantasy Baird SearlesThor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven and hell But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Scafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice giant to make Tyrfing whole again But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard, the changeling who has taken his place in the world of men


The Broken Sword Reviews

  • Lyn

    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 legendary tale economically and with a fable like tone Adventurous and entertaining as well, the only reason I can think that it has been less successful than its Englis Why is [...]

  • Stephen

    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 believe [...]

  • J.G. Keely

    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 years.Yet, like any rise from adolescence to adulthood, this reaching for maturity is always an awkward period It is marked by overcompensation, by the striking of certain po E [...]

  • Matthias

    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 The tales were everywhere as mountains harboured dwarves a Man [...]

  • Apatt

    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 comparative [...]

  • Markus

    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 quiet save for the sighing of wind in budding branches, and the world was all sliding shadows and cold white light Published 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 genre.Set in medieval England, the b [...]

  • Stuart

    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 passion.To get right to t The [...]