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Encyclopedia > The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

2nd novel – 2nd Rincewind story
Outline
Characters: Rincewind
Twoflower
The Luggage
Cohen the Barbarian
Locations: Ankh-Morpork
Dungeon Dimensions
Motifs: Fantasy clichés
Publication details
Year of release: 1986
Original publisher: Colin Smythe
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-86140-203-0
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-12848-1
Other details
Awards:
Notes: Continuation of The Colour of Magic

The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. It was published in 1986. The title is a quote from a poem by John Milton and in the original context[1] referred to dancing lightly with extravagance. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... // This article is about the novels. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (470x800, 284 KB)The Light Fantastic cover, from http://www. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Twoflower is a fictional character featuring in some of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... The Luggage appears in some of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, the Dungeon Dimensions are the endless wastelands outside of space and time. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. ... Comic fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that is primarily humorous in intent and tone. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... // This article is about the novels. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named John Milton, see John Milton (disambiguation). ...


The events of the novel are a direct continuation of those in the preceding Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic. The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

After the wizard Rincewind has fallen from the edge of the Discworld, his life is mysteriously saved as he lands back on it. Meanwhile, the wizards of Ankh-Morpork discover that the Discworld will soon be destroyed unless the eight spells of the Octavo are read: the most powerful spells in existence, one of which hides in Rincewind's head. Consequently, several orders of wizards try to find Rincewind and kill him, led by Trymon, a former classmate of Rincewind's, who wishes to obtain the power of the spells for himself. The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... The Discworld is the setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... In the fictional Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, the Octavo is the Creators own grimoire and thus the most powerful book of magic on the Discworld. ...


After Rincewind, who has met again with Twoflower, escapes them, it becomes apparent that Great A'Tuin, the giant turtle that carries the Discworld, has set a new course that leads it directly into a red star with eight moons. Rincewind and Twoflower are accompanied by Cohen the Barbarian, an aging hero, and Bethan, a sacrificial virgin saved by Cohen, with assistance from Rincewind and Twoflower. Twoflower is a fictional character featuring in some of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Great ATuin is the fictional giant star turtle in the Discworld universe, who travels through space, carrying the four giant elephants (named Berilia, Tubul, Great TPhon, and Jerakeen) who in turn carry the Discworld. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Rincewind becomes one of the very few people ever to enter Death's Domain whilst still alive. He is nearly killed when he meets Death's adopted daughter Ysabell, but is saved by the quick-acting Luggage. The group also encounter people who, anticipating the apocalypse, are heading for the mountains (not for protection, but because they will have a better view). As well as this, they happen upon the kind of shop where strange and sinister goods are on sale and inexplicably vanish the next time a customer tries to find them. The existence of these shops is explained as being a curse by a wizard upon the shopkeeper for not having something in stock. Cover of the book. ... Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Mort and Ysabell are a young married couple in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Luggage appears in some of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ...


As the star comes nearer and the magic on the Discworld becomes weaker, Trymon tries to put the seven spells still in the Octavo into his mind, in an attempt to save the world and gain ultimate power. However, the spells prove too strong for him and his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", whence strange, horrible creatures try to escape into reality. After winning a fight against them, Rincewind is able to read all eight spells aloud ; whereupon the eight moons of the red star crack open and reveal eight tiny world-turtles that follow their parent A'Tuin on a course away from the star. The Octavo is then eaten by Twoflower's Luggage. In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, the Dungeon Dimensions are the endless wastelands outside of space and time. ...


The book ends with Twoflower and Rincewind parting company, as Twoflower decides to return home, leaving The Luggage with Rincewind as a parting gift.

Spoilers end here.

Trivia

  • Oddly, the orbiting "baby Discworlds" the Discworld gains at the end of this novel never appear again. They may actually be gone by the time the Discworld's first spaceflight is undertaken in The Last Hero. (The Discworld Companion explains that they have set out on their own journeys.)
  • On the cover of the American paperback release (the one in the 'odd font' style) Cohen's name is accidentally stated to be 'Conan'.
  • The Light Fantastic is the only book so far in the Discworld series that follows on directly from the book before it.

This article is about the fantasy novel. ... The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia of all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet. ...

Translations

Language Title Round-trip translation Notes
Bulgarian Фантастична светлина
Croatian Čudesno svjetlo
Czech Lehké fantastično
Danish Det Fantastiske Lys The Fantastic Light
Dutch Dat Wonderbare Licht The Wonderful Light
Estonian Fantastiline Valgus
Finnish Valon tanssi The Dance of Light
French Le Huitième Sortilège The 8th Magic Spell
German Das Licht der Phantasie The Light of Imagination
Greek Το φως της φαντασιας[2]
Hebrew [3]אור מופלא
Hungarian A Mágia Fénye The Light of Magic
Italian La Luce Fantastica The Fantastic Light Part of an omnibus[4].
Korean 환상의 빛
Lithuanian Šviesa fantastiška
Norwegian Det fantastiske lyset The Fantastic Light
Polish Blask Fantastyczny Fantastic Shine
Portuguese A Luz Fantástica The Fantastic Light Portugal
Portuguese A Luz Fantástica The Fantastic Light Brazil
Romanian Lumina fantastică The Fantastic Light
Russian Безумная звезда The Mad Star
Serbian Svetlost čudesnog
Slovak Ľahká Fantastika
Spanish La Luz Fantástica The Fantastic Light
Swedish Det fantastiska ljuset The Fantastic Light
Turkish Fantastik Işık
Fantastiline Valgus, the Estonian version.
Das Licht der Phantasie, the German version.
환상의 빛, the Korean version.
Foreign language covers.

“Hebrew” redirects here. ... Serbian (српски језик; srpski jezik) is one of the standard versions of the Shtokavian dialect, used primarily in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and by Serbs everywhere. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 408 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (434 × 638 pixel, file size: 37 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Cover of the Korean version of The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. ...

External links

  • Pages at LSpace for The Light Fantastic : Annotations | Quotes | Synopsis

References

  1. ^ "L'Allegro", lines 33-34: "Com, and trip it as ye go / On the light fantastick toe". Full text at Bartleby.com
  2. ^ Transliteration: To phos tis fantasias.
  3. ^ Transliteration: Or Mooflah.
  4. ^ The Italian translation was published as part of I Colori della Magia (lit: The Colours of the Magic), a trilogy comprising of Il Colore di Magia (lit: The Colour of Magic), La Luce Fantastica (lit The Fantastic Light) and L’Arte della Magia (lit: The Art of Magic).
  • Colin Smythe Ltd
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
The Colour of Magic
2nd Discword Novel Succeeded by
Equal Rites
Preceded by
The Colour of Magic
2nd Rincewind Story
Published in 1986
Succeeded by
Sourcery

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The Light Fantastic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (691 words)
The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series.
  The Italian translation was published as part of I Colori della Magia (lit: The Colours of the Magic), a trilogy comprising of Il Colore di Magia (lit: The Colour of Magic), La Luce Fantastica (lit: The Fantastic Light) and L’Arte della Magia (lit: The Art of Magic).
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Trip the light fantastic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (381 words)
The phrase to "trip the light fantastic" is a verb phrase which means to dance nimbly or lightly, or to move in a pattern to musical accompaniment.
Since this time, the phrase 'trip the light fantastic' has been used in several modern contexts.
The phrase 'skipped the light fandango' also refers to dancing; the Fandango is a lively Spanish dance accompanied by castanets.
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