Troll Bridge is a Discworld short story, written by Terry Pratchett for a collection entitled After The King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Discworld is a series of over 30 novels by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (known to some fans as Pterry, following the convention he used in his book Pyramids where characters were given names such as Ptraci and Pteppic) is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Bucks), best known for his Discworld series. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ...
The story stars Cohen the Barbarian, who plans to prove himself by killing a troll in single combat. Instead however, he and the troll find themselves reminiscing about how the Discworld used to be, when trolls all hid under bridges to be killed by heroes, and there weren't farms all over the place. In other words, as encroaching civilisation tames the landscape the environment required for "typical" fantasy adventures disappears, until characters such as Cohen become mythical. This would be further explored in Interesting Times and The Last Hero. Cohen the Barbarian is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Trolls in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels, unlike the monstrous trolls of folklore and J.R.R. Tolkien, have been subverted into a moderately civilised race. ... The Discworld is the setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... Interesting Times is a novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... The Last Hero is a short novel of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ...
Specific Tolkien references include a spider-haunted forest similar to Mirkwood, which the troll's brother-in-law plans to sell to a lumber yard, and a long ago war which Cohen barely remembers, but which bears some similarity to the War of the Ring. Mirkwood was the name of the Maeotian marshes which separated the Goths from the Huns in the Norse Hervarar saga. ... Spoiler warning: In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the War of the Ring ended the Third Age. ...
A movie of "Troll Bridge" is in production by Snowgum Films.
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Though the bridge is for the most part a structure of human concern and function, it is unextricably linked with the light elf Ephirn and his sister Ná'el'ón in lore.
Evergrey Bridge now stands in the province of Enthronia, but in the time before the ascension of Thar the Bridge and the road pass that it bore across the river formed the border between the kingdoms Erpheronia and Caltharia.
The possession of Evergrey Bridge, together with the harsh terms of the Alvang treaty were the major contributing factors of civil war and the eventual emergence of Mertogrand (833 b.S.), who seized the bridge and invaded Erpheronia.
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