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The Sword Smith

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The Sword Smith tells the tale of Limper, a master sword smith running from an oppressive boss-king who forced him to make junk, and Nargri, his young dragon companion. Written in the early 1970s, and published in 1978 by Condor, The Sword Smith is an anti-epic fantasy. In a new Afterword written for this edition, Arnason describes the characters as "mostly fairly ordinary people, rather than heroes, wizards, and kings. Their problems are ordinary problems, rather than a gigantic struggle between good and evil. There is no magic. The dragons are intelligent therapod dinosaurs, and the trolls are some kind of hominid, maybe Neanderthals. In many ways, it is a science fiction story disguised as a fantasy.


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Paperback Editions

1978 : USA Paperback

Title: The Sword Smith
ISBN: 0-89516-028-5 / 978-0-89516-028-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Condor
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Sword Smith
Author(s): Eleanor Arnason
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
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