Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Spirit of Dungeonpunk 1894

Spiked Armour | John Dickson Batten | 1894



The Lambton Worm

'But hear me, and mark me well. Thou, and thou alone, canst kill the Worm. But, to this end, go thou to the smithy and have thy armour studded with spear-heads'...
'This I will do,' said Childe Lambton.
Joseph Jacobs, More English Fairy Tales 


Yes, that's not a typo. 1894, not 1984. Spiked armour is often cited as one of the key signifiers of Dungeonpunk and as a fantasy trope is over 100 years old.  If going fishing and swearing on a Sunday is any indication of alignment (which it surely was in 1894) then Childe Lambton was no doubt one of the original Warriors of Chaos.

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