Fafhrd and the grey mouser

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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Series by Fritz Leiber

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Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser Series - Worlds of Speculative Fiction (lecture 24)

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Due to the massive success of Game of Thrones , many other places are looking for the next big fantasy hit. Soon, Leiber realized he could use these characters to not only poke fun at the Conan the Barbarian- type stories that pervaded fantasy magazines, but to also construct his own fantasy world and deconstruct a various number of characters and tropes. But they also went on adventures due to bets or because they wanted to have a bit of fun. Sometimes they got into trouble because of drink or because of women — they were often subject to the Cartwright Curse , where their love interests ended up dead by the end of the story. However, later stories gave both of them long-term girlfriends, even if one of them was, uh, a big unconventional. Which means she looks like an animated skeleton.

By most reckonings, the three biggest names in the sword and sorcery sub-genre are Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, and Michael Moorcock. Add to Bag. As I explained in another post, Robert E. It is said that they loosely based the towering barbarian and short-statured thief on themselves Leiber was the tall one. Through unpublished stories and letters, they developed the two characters and the world where they lived, Nehwon, and Lankhmar, its greatest city.

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Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two sword-and-sorcery heroes appearing in stories written by American author Fritz Leiber. They are the protagonists of what are probably Leiber's best-known stories. One of his motives in writing them was to have a couple of fantasy heroes closer to true human nature than the likes of Howard's Conan the Barbarian or Burroughs's Tarzan. Fafhrd is a very tall nearly seven feet and strong northern barbarian , skilled at both swordsmanship and singing; the Mouser is a small not much more than five feet mercurial thief, gifted and deadly at swordsmanship often using a sword in one hand and a long dagger or main-gauche in the other , and a former wizard's apprentice who retains some skill at magic. Fafhrd talks like a romantic, but his strong practicality usually wins through, while the cynical-sounding Mouser is prone to showing strains of sentiment at unexpected times. Both are rogues, living in a decadent world where to be so is a requirement of survival.


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