Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Goblins And Other Trash
"...the clamorous glaives..." (p. 100)
Knowing that a human being moves too slowly to join in the dangerous sword dance, Leea nevertheless mocks Freda, then suffers a wound while she is distracted by listening to Skafloc's reply: hubris and karma.
Sloth and wishful thinking prevented the elves/Terrans from preparing for the next troll/Merseian onslaught.
Skafloc says that the troll host includes "'...goblins and trash like that...'" (p. 102) but Imric replies that goblins "'...are good warriors when they have the weapons they need.'" (ibid.) These are races that can appear in any fantasy whereas a few other beings belong only to their creators -
Tolkien: hobbits, Orcs, Balrogs;
Did Poul Anderson create any fantasy beings?
In sf, anyone can write Martians but should either invent a new version - Stapledon's and Lewis' are different from Wells' - or acknowledge if he is, e.g., writing a sequel to The War Of The Worlds. John Christopher acknowledged that he had unconsciously plagiarized Wells' Martian tripods.