The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, published between and The novels are partly set in our . The Fionavar Tapestry (Q) enwiki The Fionavar Tapestry; eswiki El tapiz de Fionavar; frwiki La Tapisserie de Fionavar; hewiki מארג פיונאבאר; hrwiki. Libros de Segunda Mano (posteriores a ) – Literatura – Narrativa – Ciencia Ficción y Fantasía: Trilogia el tapiz de fionavar: arbol verano fuego errante.

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The Fionavar Tapestry is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kaypublished between and The novels are partly set in our tpaiz contemporary world, but mostly in the fictional world of Fionavar. It is the story of five University of Toronto senior law and medical students, who are drawn into the ‘first world of the Tapestry’ by the mage Loren Silvercloak. Once there, each discovers his or her own role and destiny in the framework of an epic conflict. The books’ original cover illustrations were created by Martin Springett.

Drawn by magic from our world and thus strangers to Fionavar, each of them finds a new cionavar and a new destiny during their adventures in Fionavar.

Jealous of the Weaver’s creation, he broke into Fionavar just as the Weaver had completed his work, bringing fear, pain, distress, and great evil. Since he came from outside the Loom, has no thread on the Weaver’s Loom and so cannot be destroyed.

A thousand years ago the combined might of all the races of Fionavar came against him and, after a final tremendous battle they defeated him and chained him beneath the tappiz Rangat. His escape sets in motion the events of the trilogy.

Galadan – Lord of the Andain offspring of a mating between god and mortala shapechanger who can take the shape of a malevolent black wolf with a silver splash on its head; he works with Maugrim but fionavxr his own openly nihilistic ends. His role seems to be a sky-god who is connected with oak trees, somewhat like Zeus in classical mythology. His choice turns out to be the most difficult of all. He is able to take the form of a white owl. Ailell dan Art is the High King of Brennin.

He has two sons, the elder of whom, Aileron, is in exile. The younger, Diarmuid, although a fearless and elegant fighter is also apparently frivolous, impulsive, tapkz shallow. Diarmuid falls in love with and is eventually betrothed to Sharra, also known as the Dark Rose of Cathal. Her father is Shalhassan whose title is Supreme Lord of Cathal.

Historically the Council of the Finavar, headquartered in Brennin, may include up to taliz mages, but at the time of the story there are only three: Each source is bound to the mage he serves by magical taipz and oaths, and provides from his own lifeforce the energy needed to power the mage’s magical works. This link can be drawn upon even to the source’s death, although this will then render the mage permanently powerless.

The Book of Nilsom a fionnavar belonging to a mad mage of the past includes secret knowledge of an abominable method by which a fionxvar may gain power from more than one source. The Dalrei, plains-dwelling tribes of nomadic hunters who both hunt and guard the vast herds of eltor in the northern part of Fionavar.

Each tribe is led its own chieftain, helped by the tribe’s shaman who is ritually blinded in youth the better to focus the sight of his inner eye. Of particular interest to the story is the Third Tribe, under the leadership of Ivor dan Bannor and their shaman, Gereint.

Ivor’s wife Leith, and their children Levon, Tabor and Cordeliane also play important parts. The lios alfar or Light Elves, live in Daniloth, a beautiful land in the northwest corner of the land which they have of necessity wrapped in a confusing mist as protection from Maugrim and others who wish them evil.

Notable lios alfar of the past include Lathen Mistweaver who wove the sheltering mist, and Ra-Termaine, killed by Maugrim at the Bael Rangat.


Present-day light-elves include Brendel, a lord of his people, and Ra-Tenniel, their king. The lios alfar are Maugrim’s bitterest foes, “most hated by the dark, for their name is light” ST, p. The Men of Eridu, a proud and independent race, have been wiped out by a mysterious poisonous rain. The only remaining man is Faebur, exiled by his father and thus not present when the deadly rain fell. The Paraiko, the peaceful giants of the mountains.

The Paraiko refuse violence even in self-defence; in exchange, they are protected by the curse of the Paraiko, drawn down on whoever sheds their blood. A main thread of the story is the replaying of the legends of King ArthurLancelot and Guinevereall of whom appear in the story.

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Arthur is brought into Fionaar as The Warrior by Kimberley; Lancelot is revived in Cader Sedat in the second book, and Guinevere’s life and memories awaken within Jennifer; the dw reenact some though not all of their well-known tale as expiation for their sins. Kay’s central concept in the novels is that Fionavar is the first of worlds, particularly in a mythological sense; the sagas and tales of other worlds originate or culminate in this most primary of settings.

Because of this, what happens in Fionavar ripples into other worlds—thus the victory or defeat of Rakoth Maugrim has not just immediate importance for Fionavar but also implications for our own world. The story emphasizes over fiionavar over the importance of free willas demonstrated in Jennifer’s decisions to keep Darien and later to send Lancelot away, Finn’s choice to follow his destiny with Owein and the Wild Hunt, Paul and Kevin’s acceptance of the role of sacrifice though in different waysDiarmuid’s decision to take the final battle with Uathach on himself enabling Arthur to survive the last battle, and of course the vital importance of Darien’s ultimate choice of allegiance at the end.

When the Baelroth demands that Kim call the Dragon into the struggle she refuses for moral reasons. Another important theme is that of forgiveness: Arthur has long since forgiven Guinevere and Lancelot; Paul must learn to forgive himself for fonavar girlfriend Rachel’s death; Galadan at the end is forgiven his evil past and offered a second chance; Darien at the end understands his mother’s treatment of him and forgives her; and more.

One of the more prominent themes is that of power, and the price that one pays for it. Often in the book, the price for power lies with someone else, as witnessed by the sources to the mages; as well as Kim’s own summoning power, the price is often paid by whatever or whomever was summoned. Stonehenge figures in the second book. The ancient caves of Dun Maura bring to mind the caves of the Oracle at Delphi as well as prehistoric caves such as Lascaux. Fionavar has many similarities to Tolkien’s Middle-earthand seems to be directly influenced by it perhaps not surprising, since Kay worked with Christopher Tolkien to edit The Silmarillion and prepare it for publication.

The map of Fionavar shows the northwestern part of the continent and its western coasts, bordered by an ocean, like most of the Middle-earth maps drawn by Tolkien, especially of Beleriand.

Beyond the western sea lies a place where the Lios Alfar Elves go when they ve to abandon the world, similar to Tolkien’s Valinor. To the north is the mountain mass of Starkadh, dominated by Rangat mountain where Rakoth Maugrim is trapped, reminiscent of Ered Engrin and the Thangorodrim.

The Council of Mages in Brennin is noted as having a formal limit of seven members technically fourteen, including the mages’ sources ; Tolkien’s Heren Istarionthe Order of the Wizardshad five known members. Dalrei have some similarities to the Rohirrimthough they are nomadic and less warlike, with their primary influence being that of North American native tribes rather than plain-based Vikings.

Pendaran, a wood of the Lios Alfar that has now become perilous, echoes Mirkwood which, with the return of the Necromancer, becomes dark and sinister.


When Leyse of the Swan Mark, a member of the lios alfar, gives up her life as a result of her hopeless love for Lancelot, she lies down in a boat and sails away in a clear echo of Tennyson’s ” The Lady of Shalott ,” and the story of Elaine. The stories incorporate, either directly or indirectly, a number of other myths. A cycle of war and expiation under many names, and in many worlds, that redress be made for the children and for love” WF, p.

Lancelot’s encounter with Leyse of the lios alfar, her hopeless love for him and subsequent departure by boat for the lios alfar’s home in the West is a retelling of the tale of Lancelot and Elaine. The Cauldron of Khath Meigol and its powers of resurrection hark back to Welsh mythology ‘s tale of the Cauldron of Annwnand a number of the deities seem to have Celtic or Welsh roots: Paul is known as Pwyll after his sacrifice, while Macha and Nemain come straight from Irish mythology.

The wild boar that attacks Kevin, marking him as Liadon, closely resembles the Twrch Trwyth. Cader Sedat, the island where the renegade mage Metran works his dark magic in The Wandering Fireis the analogue of Caer Sidi from the poem Preiddeu Annwfna poem that is, in the trilogy, ascribed to Taliesinone of the names used by Flidais.

The Wild Hunt was a folk myth prevalent in former times across GermanyBritain and also Scandinavia. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it. Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead.

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The leader of the wl varies from place to place; examples are King Arthur in Brittany and Odin in Scandinavia. The fundamental premise of the hunt is usually the same, a group of phantasmal huntsmen in mad pursuit across the skies. The entrapment of Rakoth Maugrim the Unraveller, as it was described in the beginning of the novel, is extremely similar to one of the Four Great Tqpiz Novels of Chinese literature: Here is a quote from Wikipedia’s description of the punishment of the Monkey Kingor Wukong:.

With all of their options exhausted, the Jade Emperor and the authorities of Heaven appealed to the Buddhawho arrived in an instant from his temple in the West.

The Buddha made a bet with Wukong that he could not jump out of his palm. Wukong, knowing ek he could coverli in one leap, smugly agreed. He took a great leap and then flew to the end of the world in seconds.

Nothing was visible except for five pillars When Wukong tried se escape, Buddha turned his hand into a mountain. Before Wukong could shrug it off, Buddha added another magical seal. There, Wukong remained imprisoned for five centuries. This bears remarkable similarity with the book of The Summer Tree where Rakoth Maugrim the Unraveller was bound by the five wardstones and placed under the Mount Rangat.


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