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bagofbonesmp3 · 2 months ago
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“But there are no wars in Earthsea. No soldiers, no armies, no battles. None of the militarism that came from the Arthurian saga and other sources and that by now, under the influence of fantasy war games, has become almost obligatory.
I didn’t and don’t think this way; my mind doesn’t work in terms of war. My imagination refuses to limit all the elements that make an adventure story and make it exciting—danger, risk, challenge, courage—to battlefields. A hero whose heroism consists of killing people is uninteresting to me, and I detest the hormonal war orgies of our visual media, the mechanical slaughter of endless battalions of black-clad, yellow-toothed, red-eyed demons.
War as a moral metaphor is limited, limiting, and dangerous. By reducing the choices of action to “a war against” whatever-it-is, you divide the world into Me or Us (good) and Them or It (bad) and reduce the ethical complexity and moral richness of our life to Yes/No, On/Off. This is puerile, misleading, and degrading. In stories, it evades any solution but violence and offers the reader mere infantile reassurance. All too often the heroes of such fantasies behave exactly as the villains do, acting with mindless violence, but the hero is on the “right” side and therefore will win. Right makes might.
Or does might make right?
If war is the only game going, yes. Might makes right. Which is why I don’t play war games.
To be the man he can be, Ged has to find out who and what his real enemy is. He has to find out what it means to be himself. That requires not a war but a search and a discovery. The search takes him through mortal danger, loss, and suffering. The discovery brings him victory, the kind of victory that isn’t the end of a battle but the beginning of a life.”
– Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea's afterword
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sannartsies · 6 days ago
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A wizard of Earthsea
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ghost-wyvern · 9 months ago
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A young goat herder on the Isle of Gont.
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jpechacek · a month ago
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a wizard of earthsea
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ehlihr · 11 months ago
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quick earthsea sketchdump (+ a little tombs of atuan :) )
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beetleb0ne · 3 months ago
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a personal comic about Ursula K Leguin and A Wizard of Earthsea
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sidereusimber · 8 months ago
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❝I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.❞ ― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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thehauntedrocket · 8 months ago
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Vintage Paperback - A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Bantam (1975)
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harrypotterhousequotes · 5 months ago
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RAVENCLAW: "Despite what some adults seem to think, teenagers are fully human. And some of them read as intensely and keenly as if their life depended on it. Sometimes maybe it does." –Ursula K. Le Guin (Afterward, A Wizard of Earthsea)
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hjortetunge · 6 months ago
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a quick sparrowhawk again 🍂🍂
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agnder · 5 months ago
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From that time forth he believed that the wise man is one who never sets himself apart from other living things, whether they have speech or not, and in later years he strove long to learn what can be learned, in silence, from the eyes of animals, the flight of birds, the great slow gestures of trees.
Ursula K Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, 1968
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rennybu · a year ago
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Ged also spoke low, to use his friend’s true name: “No matter, Estarriol. But this is myself, and I am glad to see you...”
[Estarriol] heard, perhaps, something more than simple gladness in his voice. He had not yet let go of Ged’s shoulder, and he said now, in the True Speech, “In trouble and from darkness you come, Ged, yet your coming is joy to me.”
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I’m reading the Earthsea books for the first time... super recommend the first one to anyone in need of a heartfelt story of discovery and self acceptance... wow 😭
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sannartsies · 6 days ago
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I’m reading the Earthsea books :)))
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ballooncatsinspace · 7 days ago
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A wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K Leguin is the first book of the Earthsea Cycle, one of my favorite series. It features:
- A coming on age story of how Ged, the smart and ambitious young protagonist, learns to cope with power, death, and his prickly personality while searching for a dangerous shadow creature he accidentally released.
- A beautiful magic system, heavily inspired by Taoism.
- Many dark-skinned characters.
- No romance!
- Literally the first magic school ever written.
- Dragons and cute rodents!
“Back then, in 1967, wizards were all, more or less, Merlin and Gandalf. Old men, peaked hats, white beards. But this was to be a book for young people. Well, Merlin and Gandalf must have been young once, right? And when they were young, when they were fool kids, how did they learn to be wizards? And there was my book.”
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mssarahmorgan · 2 months ago
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Book 24 of 2022: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
This book is so quietly revolutionary. The hero goes on an epic journey, not to make a name for himself, win something, or fight someone, but to undo something terrible he did out of youthful pride. And the prose! It is just so beautiful. Incantatory. This is one of those books that reveals something new to you every time you read it - read it if you haven't, re-read it if you have.
What to read next: Who compares with Ursula? Nobody, it's impossible. But if you want some more journeying vibes & intense love of story, check out A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar.
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every-captain · 4 months ago
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An assignment for class to illustrate a book cover for a favorite book of ours. I chose A Wizard of Earthsea! I wanted to caputre a vintage 60s/70s style. I like it OK but I didnt' take many risks since it had to be done traditionally and I'm more comfortable with digital art.
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beetleb0ne · 2 months ago
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last semester i had to adapt a scene from a story for my sequential art class. this is a scene from Tehanu by Ursula K. Leguin
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jpechacek · 11 days ago
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some Earthsea ladies
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thehauntedrocket · a month ago
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A Wizard Of Earthsea
Art by Jeremy Massie
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harrypotterhousequotes · 6 months ago
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SLYTHERIN:
"'It is very seldom,' the young man said at last, 'that dragons ask to do men favors.' 'But it is very common,' said the dragon, 'for cats to play with mice before they kill them.'"
–Ursula K. Le Guin (Ged and Yevuad: A Wizard of Earthsea)
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