Thursday, 7 July 2016

Elven Women

Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977).

Elven women have no qualms about sleeping with the enemy, getting him off his guard, then killing him. Human morality has not touched them. Sex is a weapon. Leea welcomes Grum, then sits with Valgard and taunts Grum. Immediately, Grum is dead, slain by Valgard, who understands what Leea is doing but cannot bring himself to kill her.

He is able to take over Grum's earldom:

"'...what use to Trollheim was a cripple like Grum, unfit for battle, for anything save gobbling and bousing and sleeping with women that might have gone to better men?'" (p.118)

Grum was not liked and has few kinsmen present, none close or willing to take weregild. But the time will come when the elven women themselves kill all the invaders.

(Depending on context, "men" and "women" mean either male and female human beings or males and females of other rational species like elves, trolls etc.)

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And not only were Leea and the other elven women using sex as a means of getting the trolls to relax and lower their guard, they did it for fun! I recall Leea saying that even the rough embraces of the trolls would a be welcome change after centuries of sex only with male elves.