Sword and sorcery

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Genre studies


Sword and sorcery (S&S) is a subgenre of fantasy and historical fantasy, generally characterized by swashbuckling heroes engaged in exciting and violent conflicts. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural. Unlike works of high fantasy, the tales, though dramatic, focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-endangering matters.[1] A genre closely related to this is sword-and-sandal, though its subjects tend to be less fantasy-oriented and more historical as they are set in historic time periods rather than entirely fictional worlds or cities, which are mostly the primary setting of this genre. However sword and sorcery films can be referred to as sword and sandals.


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