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The Kargs are a fictional people in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea book series. The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929), is an American author. ... Cover to 1991 Bantam Books paperback edition of A Wizard of Earthsea, illustrated by John Jude Palencar Earthsea is a fictional realm created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story The Word of Unbinding, published in 1964, but that became more famous in her novel A Wizard of...

The Kargs live in the Kargad Lands, four large islands in north-eastern Earthsea. Unlike the majority of the inhabitants of Earthsea, who have dark skin and hair, the Kargs have fair skin and blond hair.

Within the context of the pre-industrial civilization of Earthsea, the technological level of Karg society is high, with a strongly militaristic and urbanized culture. The Kargs are skilled sailors, fishers and farmers. Somewhat anomalously, their literacy level is very low: one Kargish character remarks that writing is "one of the black arts." In this respect the Kargish society somewhat resembles that of the Inca. This article describes the life, customs and social structure in the Inca society. ...

The Kargs have a different religion from the people of Earthsea. They are ruled by an (apparently mortal) Godking, but the principal deities of their religion are The Nameless Ones, to whom an entire subterraean labyrinth on Atuan is dedicated.

On his travels, Ged ventured into this labyrinth, meeting the Karg priestess Tenar, who had dedicated her entire life to serving The Nameless Ones. Ged showed Tenar that although The Nameless Ones were real, the cult centered around them was a folly, and so they escaped the labyrinth and returned to Earthsea. Tenar later became Ged's wife, and they had a daughter named Tehanu. Ged is the main protagonist in Ursula Le Guins Earthsea book series. ... The Tombs of Atuan is the second of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. ... Synopsis Spoiler warning: Tehanu, the fourth of Ursula Le Guins Earthsea books, is set almost immediately after the conclusion of The Farthest Shore but was written many years later. ...

The Kargs were greatly feared by the people of Earthsea for their piratical raids on the East Reach, but subsequently a peace was reached, giving rise to some trade and commerce between the peoples.

Magic was once anathema to the Kargs, and the use of magic among the people of the Archipelago was taken as proof of their wickedness - anyone in the Kargad lands suspected of being a "sorcerer" was put to death. During the period of peace it appears that the taboo against magic was relaxed: a few Kargs came to study magic at Roke, and the Master Patterner during Ged's tenure as Archmage was a Kargishman.

The Kargad Lands-Geography

The Kargad Lands consist of four large islands to the northeast of Havnor. Though they lie outside of the Archipelago itself, they do not belong to either the East nor the North Reach. The total land area of the Kargad Lands is about 4750 sqare miles (12160 sq. km), which is slightly more than the total land area of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. The Islands of Earthsea are the several islands that make up the lands of the largely oceanic fantasy world of Earthsea in the stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. ...

  • Karego-At: The most important island in the Kargad Lands, it contains the capital, Awabath. It is the second-largest island in the Kargad Lands (1355 sq. mi/3470 sq. km).
  • Hur-at-Hur: The largest of the Kargad Lands. It has large forests, mountains and also slightly bestified dragons. Its size is 2520 square miles (6450 sq. km), about twice the size of the Balearic isle of Mallorca.
  • Atuan: One of the smaller Kargad islands, but one of the most important. It contains the Place of the Tombs of Atuan, which is the setting for most of the A Wizard of Earthsea book The Tombs of Atuan. A large part of Atuan is desert. One of its cities is called Tenecbah.
  • Atnini: The smallest Kargad Land is sparsely populated.

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