Speak, ‘friend’, and enter….

Yes, yes, that’s not a gnomic utterance – but, I didn’t have one – so you got a translation of elvish from the entrance to the Mines of Moira – because LotRs.

Firstly – this may be only applicable at the beginning of the movie but it is a kind of introduction thing – if it was a book it would definitely be an utterance at the start of a chapter:

Today at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week’s topic is:


These are traditional and are set at the head of each section.  Culled from a mighty collection of wise sayings compiled by a sage some centuries before the Tour begins.  The Rule is that no Utterance has anything whatsoever to do with the section it precedes.

In other words… Those quotes that always start the chapter but rarely are connected to the plot.

I confess.  This one had me stopped in my tracks.  Well, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and Way of Kings series immediately sprang to mind and then I drew a bit of a blank.  I started flipping through some of my books and this isn’t as frequent as I thought!  So:

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Watership Down by Richard Adams

I couldn’t come up with anything else – I’ve sat down and actually flipped through loads of my books – I can find lots of books with something that starts at the beginning of the book but not each chapter.  I can find a book or two with chapters that end with a few words (not every chapter but a few)  But basically I’m stumped.  I hope everyone else has done better than me!

To finish with, gnomic utterances travels:

15 Responses to “Speak, ‘friend’, and enter….”

  1. Tammy

    Well, this week’s topic did get me to look up the word gnomic! I kind of wish I’d done this, because I’ve read a lot of books that could fit this topic. The Tao books are an example (Wesley Chu) and I’m sure I could come up with more.

    • lynnsbooks

      I never thought of Tao. That’s actually a brilliant example. I know that I’ve read lots of books that would fit this but I could only come up with Sanderson. Then I had to revert to flipping through books but of course I forgot about looking through my kindle and I kind of gave up. That’s simply not the right attitude!😁

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yes, I actually sat there and started flipping through my books too, anything that I *thought* I might might remembered seeing gnomic utterances. I’m sure there are more in my e-library, but searching is not as easy! 🙂

    I originally had Tao on my list too, but I decided in the end to stick with fantasy.

    • lynnsbooks

      I thought I had lots of these – some books that I thought would have been perfect though I couldn’t find to check so I gave up. Sanderson was the first example I thought of.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    Well done, you did a whole lot better than me. I drew a complete blank!

    • lynnsbooks

      Hopefully next week will hopefully be easier. I struggled with this one. Sanderson to the rescue.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    Good call with Watership Down! And that gnome pic is terrifying…

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha – Watership Down and also the Bees book were lucky really. Sanderson immediately came to mind followed by everything else in my brain just disappearing! I couldn’t think of any and yet I definitely read lots of books with examples of gnomic utterances!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Rindis

    Robert Asprin’s Myth Adventures series used these. Well, they’re humorous instead of wise, and at least some of the time on-theme, so maybe not gnomic.

    McFinney’s Robotech adaptation has quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but are decidedly not gnomic, being instead from fictional later histories or memoirs, and connected to the chapter in question.

    Laumer’s Retief stories are the same, usually starting with a quote from the CDT official history of the incident, praising whichever senior diplomat is there, and maybe Magnan, but never Retief.

    So, yeah, Myth Adventures is as close as I’ve got.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think you looked at that a lot more thoroughly than I did (I feel ashamed :() Thanks for the examples and stopping by. Must go and look up this Myth Adventures.
      Lynn 😀

      • Rindis

        Try to find the original Donning/Starblaze editions or the Meisha Merlin omnibus. The Ace paperbacks don’t have the Phil Foglio illustrations.

      • lynnsbooks

        Ooh, Phil Foglio – as in Agatha and the Airship City??

      • Rindis

        Yes. I think the Myth Adventures books were his second paying gig, after What’s New in Dragon Magazine.

      • Rindis

        Just suddenly occurred to me you were referring to the prose version of Girl Genius. If you haven’t tried the graphic novels/web comic yet, I highly recommend them!

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah, I actually fancy the graphic versions to be honest. I did like the book though. It was such good fun.
        Lynn 😀

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