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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2011, 05:51:25 PM »
Just finished A Game of Thrones and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Eddard's death is a bit of a shock. Really well told from Arya's perspective too! I think Sansa would have been too... well wet... to convey the true horror

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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2011, 05:54:19 PM »
Just finished A Game of Thrones and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Eddard's death is a bit of a shock. Really well told from Arya's perspective too! I think Sansa would have been too... well wet... to convey the true horror

Anyone can die...

That was one of those ones where I was like, "Oh, no. That didn't really happen. They're not really dead. It's just for show..." *a few chapters later* "Crap. He really IS dead." I think I read too many books where they're like, "HAHA! Fooled you! I didn't really die! :D"
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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2011, 11:58:42 PM »
Having just finished Feed I see what the others are saying. Didn't bawl (really) but damn that was brutal. Anxious for the sequel to come out at the end of this month.
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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2011, 10:13:28 AM »
Just finished A Game of Thrones and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Eddard's death is a bit of a shock. Really well told from Arya's perspective too! I think Sansa would have been too... well wet... to convey the true horror

Anyone can die...

That was one of those ones where I was like, "Oh, no. That didn't really happen. They're not really dead. It's just for show..." *a few chapters later* "Crap. He really IS dead." I think I read too many books where they're like, "HAHA! Fooled you! I didn't really die! :D"

Hahaha - I was the same.
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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2011, 08:56:13 PM »
Just finished A Game of Thrones and:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Eddard's death is a bit of a shock. Really well told from Arya's perspective too! I think Sansa would have been too... well wet... to convey the true horror

Anyone can die...

That was one of those ones where I was like, "Oh, no. That didn't really happen. They're not really dead. It's just for show..." *a few chapters later* "Crap. He really IS dead." I think I read too many books where they're like, "HAHA! Fooled you! I didn't really die! :D"

I had those same thoughts, and it really did take me a bit to move along from this death.

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« Reply #35 on: May 06, 2011, 03:54:29 PM »
Same. I was expecting him to pop up chapters later until I realised that really wasn't that sort of book. :P

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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2018, 06:00:34 AM »
Even now I can see Sturm death scene and it’s been years since I ve read dragonlance.

Deaths are more powerful when the character stays dead.
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« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2018, 07:47:31 AM »
Try Nod. nearly everyone dies of lack of sleep.

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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2018, 09:49:30 AM »
I have that on audible from a special offer sometime. Is it as bad as you have made it sound? Should I give it a miss?
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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2018, 10:27:19 AM »
For grim deaths, read Malazan: I've only read 3 books and I'm already angry and sad >:( ::)

I wanted to talk about other books, but even saying their name indicates that there's a death, unexpected or not, there, so I'll shut up and not give spoilers, hehe
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« Reply #40 on: June 29, 2018, 12:04:13 PM »
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I have that on audible from a special offer sometime. Is it as bad as you have made it sound? Should I give it a miss?

It is a strange and interesting book the author was terminally ill at time of writing and it is not gentle with the sensibilities.

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« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2018, 05:38:16 PM »
The only fantasy death that really moved me was that of Theoden in LotR. The death of Ned Stark surprised me, but did not affect me in the same way. Then again, I was much older when I read that.

Gruesome deaths, otoh, don't affect me much one way or the other.
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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #42 on: June 30, 2018, 08:09:20 PM »
Eclipse is back!!! And yes, poor Sturm

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Re: Fantasy's Grim and Memorable Deaths
« Reply #43 on: June 30, 2018, 09:18:32 PM »
The deaths that I recall are either epic in their scale/consequence or they are moments of poignance, usually embodying the kinds of self-sacrifice that I crave in "good" characters. For epic examples, I offer the fall of Fingon during the Battle of Sudden Flame or Dagor Bragollach (Silmarillion):

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"The Orcs had been held back and some had begun to flee, when Morgoth sent forth his last onslaught of wolves, wolfriders, Balrogs, and dragons, including Glaurung, the dragon Fingon had wounded so many years before and not killed. The ranks of Maedhros and Fingon were swept apart.

Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs, high-captain of Angband, was come; and he drove a dark wedge between the Elvenhosts, surrounding King Fingon, and thrusting Turgon and Húrin aside towards the Fen of Serech. Then he turned upon Fingon.

That was a grim meeting. At last Fingon stood alone with his guard dead about him; and he fought with Gothmog, until another Balrog came behind and cast a thong of fire about him. Then Gothmog hewed him with his black axe, and a white flame sprang up from the helm of Fingon as it was cloven. Thus fell the High King of the Noldor; and they beat him into the dust with their maces, and his banner, blue and silver, they trod into the mire of his blood."

My poignant example is Finrod Felagund, brother of Galadrial, and requires a smidgen of the backstory to fully appreciate. The short version is he gave up his kingship and kept his word, and in the end sacrificed himself to save Beren. It was he that gave men the ring that Aragorn wore in the LoTR. He killed a werewolf with his hands and teeth, but was poisoned by its bite and died.
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