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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Poul Anderson Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This classic fantasy takes listeners to a world similar to that of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Thor has broken the sword Tyrfing so that it cannot strike at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds together earth, heaven, and hell. But now the mighty sword is needed again to save the elves in their war against the trolls, and only Skafloc, a human child kidnapped and raised by the elves, can hope to persuade Bölverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing whole again. But things are never easy, and along the way Skafloc must also confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his place in the world of men.

A superb dark fantasy of the highest, and most Norse, order The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poul Anderson’s classic fantasy, The Broken Sword, knocks The Fellowship of the Ring into a cocked hat.”

    Guardian (Manchester)

  • “This book is a stunner, and a must for every fantasy lover.”


  • “One of the most influential fantasy novels I’ve ever read.”

    Michael Moorcock

  • “Anderson taps the authentic vein of Norse myth, but, like Tolkien, recreates it in his own unique style.”

    Michael Scott Rohan

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeroen | 1/12/2014

    " A bit dissapointing probably caused by age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan | 12/4/2013

    " I was but a young boy when I read this (in the sixth or seventh grade). I remember enjoying it quite a bit. I have not read a fantasy book in a long, long time, but I have very fond memories of escaping to fantasy worlds in my youth and this book stands out as a favorite. Curiously, I recall listening to David Bowie's Diamond Dogs album while reading this book-- so whenever I hear a cut from that album I think of this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sean Wadley | 11/25/2013

    " Superb, fast, and quick moving tale. Moves like lightning. Brilliant economy of language. Extremely harsh - perhaps a bit too harsh for my liking, but overall a marvellous piece of poetic story telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jared | 11/23/2013

    " Wow. This was wonderfully dark. "

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