The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson

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Thor 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.

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


Lyn rated it ★★★★★

May 04, 2017

Why is this book not more 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 historica...

Stephen rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2011

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 Broke...

J.G. Keely rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2012

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 gre...

Matthias rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

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...

Apatt rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2016

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 bot...

Markus rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

"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 Ander...

Stuart rated it ★★★★★

November 28, 2015

The Broken Sword: A dark fantasy classic of Norse mythology Originally posted at Fantasy Literature Poul 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...

Michael Fierce rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

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...

Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

July 01, 2010

Imric the Elf Earl steals a human baby and leaves a changeling, Valgard, in his place. Little does he know the changeling will start the worst war the elves have ever seen. But what of Skafloc, the child that was taken, and the broken sword given to him as a baby by the Aesir? I originally picked...

Bookwraiths rated it ★★★☆☆

February 20, 2015

Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews The Broken Sword is a modern Norse myth that both dazzles and disappoints with its tale of unwitting mortals caught in the web of gods. When just a newborn, our hero Skafloc is snatched from his mother’s breast due to the machinations of a disgruntled wi...

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