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Okay - I just have to ask posted 14 January 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Kellhus is an inversion of 'the Young Man who would be King.' My UK editor calls him the 'Anti-Frodo.' He is of course, far more than that besides.

Cnaiur is the All-conquering Barbarian (who cannot conquer himself).

Achamian is the Wise Sorcerer (who continually fools himself).

The idea was to take these types and fill them with real people with real problems. For better or worse, alcoholism, depression, violence, and bitterness are far more common human reaction to sustained stress than blithe hope is. The idea was to write something thoroughly unsentimental.

We humans are very dark animals. In various studies of preliterate societies, for instance, the death by violence rate for men runs anywhere from 15-65%! view post


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