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Questions tagged [sword-and-sorcery]

For questions asking about the identification of stories that exist within the sword-and-sorcery sub-genre or for questions about the sub-genre itself. If asking about a story identification include the [story-identification] tag. If asking about the sub-genre itself include the [history-of], [inspiration] or [trope] tags where appropriate.

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Gruesome animated barbarian show from 2006 (like an animated Conan the Barbarian)

A dozen years ago, I caught about two minutes of an animated show on television. I don't know the name of the show or which channel it was on, but I do know that it was quite late at night in spring ...
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Comic/Manga from early 2000's: thief-like guy with a snarky fairy companion, accompanied by a female mage and a tank

It's been a long time since I've read it, so the details are a bit hazy. There might have even been an anime, but I honestly can't say. What I remember most is the beginning of it, because it stuck ...
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Are there any examples of feminist works in the Sword and Sorcery genre?

A careful study of Sword & Sorcery literature placed its inception as a subgenre of fantasy in 1961 with Leiber's response to Moorcock. The ensuing years (1965-1981) brought forth a meager handful ...
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A Conan the Barbarian story about a city in which everyone is constantly high with some kind of lotus

I am looking for a Conan story in which he arrives at a seemingly deserted town (with the occasional girl in distress, of course). They take a look around, something is chasing them throughout the ...
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A short story that was a “Conan the Barbarian” parody — kill the sorcerer Reh, “rescue” the princess

Sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s, I checked out a hardback anthology from a library. (English language, in the USA, and I have an impression that this anthology was pretty new at the time.) One ...
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20th century Fantasy story with protagonist at the court of a child empress - NOT Neverending Story [duplicate]

Definitely not The Neverending Story! This story was probably read sometime in the last millennium (possibly in the 1980s) in a science fiction or fantasy magazine that probably had large pages like ...
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Comicbook with color coded realms

At least 15 years ago, I have read a comic book about a hero from our world being summoned to a magical realm (it might have been a different planet). The magical realm is divided by colors: red, blue,...
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Fantasy book where a sword is imbued with rune magic

So this is a series that I read in the late 90's/early 2000's. I remember it as being 4 books. It involved a boy who, if I can recall correctly, returned to his village that had been burned and his ...
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Please help identify a short Sword and Sorcery story about a city of torturers

I'm sorry to say that I don't have a whole lot to go on with this one. It's likely a sword and sorcery story, and it's also likely that I read it in a collection of short stories some time in the ...
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Fantasy world set in renaissance type era about a painter swordsman

This was a fantasy story set in a world of monsters and giants and adventurers and gods and seers and an evil overlord. The protagonist is a painter (with an Italian sounding name- Benotolli?). He ...
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Fantasy novel with invisible monsters

Fantasy Novel, probably Sword and Sorcery. At one point in the novel, the hero is on a boat that docks in a swampy area, and they are attacked by invisible monsters. They put flour on the deck to see ...
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1980s or earlier fantasy novel series, female warrior main character

I'm looking for the title of a fantasy novel series I read a few books of when I was younger. At this point all I can really remember is that the female warrior protagonist MIGHT have been called ...
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Fantasy novel identification - greasy smoke precedes death

I'd like to identify a fantasy novel I read, probably somewhere from the mid eighties to early nineties. One problem is that I have read a lot of fantasy novels and it is highly likely that I will ...
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Conan story with poisoned chest

I'm trying to remember a Conan story where an antagonist is killed when he opens a treasure chest trapped with a poisoned fang or tooth In the chest's decorations. I'm wondering if it's not the ...
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Looking for a story about a warrior who fights a octopus monster and beats it making noise

I remember this story from about 1970. It probably was a comic, but there's a chance that it was an ilustrated novel. Style and aesthetics were similar to Conan the barbarian. A warrior enters to a ...
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Anime with students who can draw power from their “past lives”

The story was something like this. The students attended an academy. They were like guardians that were able to tap into their past lives for power. The main character was kinda slow to gain power. ...