Questions tagged [the-earthsea-cycle]

Questions about the cycle of novels and short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin that are set in the "Earthsea" universe. These include the novels 'A Wizard of Earthsea' (1968), 'The Tombs of Atuan' (1971), 'The Farthest Shore' (1972), 'Tehanu' (1990) and 'The Other Wind' (2001), the short stories in 'Tales from Earthsea' (2001) and the short stories "The Rule of Names" and "The Word of Unbinding". Use this tag with the [ursula-le-guin] tag.

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What does the raven say to Ged when he first enters the school at Roke?

In the Wizard of Earthsea when Ged first enters the school at Roke, he meets with the Archmage Nemmerle, and a "raven of Osskil" wanders towards the Archmage (his familiar, maybe?) and when the ...
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How did one become a Wizard in A Wizard of Earthsea?

How did one become a Wizard in A Wizard of Earthsea? Is magic basically just a skill that anyone could theoretically acquire with study, or did one have to be born with certain abilities before you ...
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Why was Ogion troubled by the name of the ship that Ged took to Roke?

When Ged went to Roke, they had the following encounter: They went down to the quays, where the Harbormaster came hastening to welcome Ogion and ask what service he might do. The mage told him, and ...
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Why were Ogion's teaching methods so different than the teaching methods in Roke?

Ged's first master, Ogion, taught him for a time before he went to Roke. The book commented that Ogion's seemed a long road towards mastery, a slow bypath to follow, when he might go sailing before ...
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Are wizard and mage used interchangeably in Le Guin's Earthsea series?

In Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea series of books and stories, there is a kind of hierarchy for people who practice magic: witches and sorcerers on one level, and wizards and mages on a higher level. ...
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Why could Dragons lie in Old Speech?

In chapter 5 fo A Wizard of Earthsea, which states the following: [The dragon] spoke, as did Ged, in the Old Speech, for that is the tongue of dragons still. Although the use of Old Speech binds a ...