What Themes Are There?
Quite a few, and they are present from the beginning of the series:
- Good versus evil - there definitely is evil and it must be fought against. However, there are limits as to what one should be prepared to do in order to eradicate evil eg not become like Shadar Logoth.
- The necessity of balance - including between the sexes.
- History changing over time into legend and then into myth, and that "our" history forms "their myth" and "their" history "ours" - that's what all those allusions to history and myth are about.
- Mis-communication between people – people not telling other people important info, whether for sinister reasons, trivial reasons or so they don’t lose face, or just due to stupidity or missed opportunity.
- Fate and destiny versus free will. We see a lot of prophecies – do they mean that people don’t have a choice? Or that their choice is preordained?
- The quest for knowledge - and corruption of knowledge by evil.
- Decline and fall of empires into dark ages - and the risk of destroying civilisation altogether.
- Realising that adulthood is not about demanding privileges, or even rights, but about taking responsibility for your actions and doing the best you are capable of.
- Commentary on leadership: cooperation achieves more than autocracy. Absolute monarchy leads to tyranny.
- Suggested by BobH: the importance of friendship.
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