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For questions about Earthsea, a fictional world where magic plays a central role. It is the setting of a series of novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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At the start of Ursula Le Guin's “The Tombs of Atuan”, who was the figure in black?

At the beginning of The Tombs of Atuan, when Tenar is mock-sacrificed to the Nameless Ones: A figure in a belted gown of white wool stepped suddenly out of the shadows at the right of the throne ...
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Are the shadow creatures in the Court of the Terrenon of the same kind as the ones in the Tombs of Atuan?

In A Wizard of Earthsea, in the Court of the Terrenon, the Old Power of Earth is supposedly sealed away in the Terrenon Stone. However, Benderesk summons some sort of keepers of the Stone to attack ...
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What's the difference between the magical abilities of men and women?

In the first book of Earthsea there is a passage about 'Woman's Magic': There is a saying on Gont, Weak as woman's magic, and there is another saying, Wicked as woman's magic. Now the witch of ...
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Does Earthsea pass the Bechdel test?

Does Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin pass the Bechdel test? (I was just told by a fan that it did; but they weren't fan enough to have proof from the books, and I vaguely recollect it had a mostly-male ...
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Why didn't the Nameless Ones try to punish “sinners” other than Arha and Ged?

In "The Tombs of Atuan", how come that The Nameless Ones didn't punish Ged for his initial intrusion of the labyrinth, Kossil for lighting up a fire in the Undertomb (while uncovering Ged's supposed ...
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Illustration on the “Earthsea Quartet” cover

What is depicted in the top left illustration on the front cover of the Penguin edition of the Earthsea quartet, see for example here? Presumably it is something from "A Wizard of Earthsea", as the ...
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Is Harry Potter an analogue or plagiarism of Earthsea base story? [closed]

When I tried to read Harry Potter many years ago I got very disappointed after finding to many similar elements from one of my favorite books Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Some of those elements: A ...
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In A Wizard of Earthsea, what does the Master Patterner teach?

The Master Patterner lives in the Immanent Grove and teaches senior students. What exactly does he/she teach?
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What does Ged mean by this statement in A Wizard of Earthsea?

Towards the end of A Wizard of Earthsea, when Ged and Vetch/Estarriol are pursuing the shadow Ged says: I have followed too slow. It has found the way to escape me, and so doom me. It must not ...
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Earthsea — Suggested order for Reading/Watching

I am wondering what books and what the suggested reading order is for the Earthsea stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, and which ones have videographic adaptations (movies, miniseries, OVAs). Please also ...
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What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?

What was the name of the Master Namer in the Wizard of Earthsea books and how do you pronounce it?