dgm is 4 out of the 5 stages of grief on loop
why your life is empty without the dalemark quartet
This post was originally written for swampkhaleesi, light of my life. But it is directed at everyone.
Three time periods are explored in the series: prehistoric Dalemark, pre-revolutionary Dalemark, and modern Dalemark. The majority of the story takes place during revolutionary dalemark, which was once unified but has been a decentralized group of loosely allied earldoms since the monarchy died out. The primary conflict in the book is set up as being the North vs the South, with North Dalemark considered free but poor, and South Dalemark oppressed but wealthy. Separated by a mountain range, the two bitterly divided halves of this country have fought for so long no one remembers peace any longer.
In truth the actual conflict is the force of oppressive power structures and bigotry, manifested in good old fantasy style in the form of a dark and sinister magic. The books explore a wide variety of themes, including: fable, history, myth, revolution, war, terrorism, freedom, predestination, personality cults, monarchies, classism, worker’s rights/abuses, child soldiers, child abuse, prejudice, bigotry, and so so so much more.
The generally accepted reading order of the books is as follows:
Cart and Cwidder - Set in pre-revolutionary South Dalemark and told from the viewpoint of Osfameron Tanamoril Clennensson, a young boy from a family of singers whose father loves unfortunately long names. Singers occupy a peculiar position in Dalemark, as they are the only ones besides the occasional merchant who have license to travel between the North and the South. When the terror of the Southern regimes strike too close to home, Moril and his family are forced to flee North.
Drowned Ammet - Set in the South Dalemark city of Holand pre-revolution, Drowned Ammet follows Mitt Alhammitson, a boy from the poorest gutters of the city who turns revolutionary when his father is murdered by the earl. This beginning of this book takes place prior to Cart and Cwidder, but early on passes the first book by entirely.
The Spellcoats - An origin tale of prehistoric Dalemark. In the Riverlands of the far north, Tanaqui’s family is torn apart by war. They’re forced to flee their village when the war-fueled prejudice singles them out for mob violence because of the resemblance they bear to the foreign invaders. Their journey takes them downriver to the sea, and throws them squarely in the middle of the mystical origins of Dalemark and the great history of its people. Also! It is worth mentioning that Tanaqui is a WOC.
The Crown of Dalemark - Opening in modern Dalemark, young Maewen Singer is off to visit her divorced father, who works as the head curator at the royal palace in the capital. But a series of strange encounters and her own resemblance to a woman forgotten by history send Maewen spiraling two hundred years into the past, to North Dalemark in the even years before the imminent revolution and reunification. She must walk the paths of her ancestors to ensure the course of history continues along its fated path.
And once you’ve read the books, you can go read Firerose’s amazing fic The Last Free Soul of Dalemark, which I pretty much consider canon.
Professor Stephen Hawking believes Zayn might still be in One Direction - in a different universe
I honestly love this answer, because he’s simultaneously respecting the validity of fan girl feels while also encouraging girls to stay in STEM.
I love how Steven Hawking continually throws out whimsical shit like this and people always write articles about it with super-serious headlines like he’s just made a declaritive statement on the future of physics research
If I were prestigious enough to pull this shit off I’d do exactly the same thing
Teenager 2000 : I love you Teenager 2015 : I want to fuck you
teenager 1854: the government cut off my hands because i stole a piece of bread
teenager 1200: alas i hath caught thine common cold an shall soon be Dead, i hath a good life, i hath sex thrice, twice with a female and once with a squirrel
teenager 390 bc: ehev, with the gavls having invaded rome, i have been captvred by drvids and shall now be bvrnt alive in one of their wicker effigies