Thorgal (english version)
Résumé des tomes
Thorgal's coming-of-age is painfully similar to the rest of his life: the young man finds himself tied up to the stone of sacrifice by Gandalf the Mad, king of the Vikings of the North and father of his beloved Aaricia. There, the Child of the Stars can do nothing but wait for the coming tide—and death. Until, that is, a mysterious sorceress with flaming red hair comes to offer him a deal: his life, and revenge, against one year in her service. Discover the first two volumes of the adventures of Thorgal, published in 1980, translated into English at last.
The first two volumes of the adventures of Thorgal, published in 1980, translated into English at last in this retroactively numbered double volume. Thorgal’s coming-of-age is painfully similar to the rest of his life: the young man finds himself tied to the stone of sacrifice by Gandalf the Mad, king of the Vikings of the North and father of his beloved Aaricia. There, the Child of the Stars can do nothing but wait for the coming tide – and death. Until, that is, a mysterious sorceress with flaming red hair comes to offer him a deal: his life, and revenge, for one year in her service.
Tome 1 : In the wild and inhospitable European far north, in the land of Scandinavian myth and runic legend, Viking warriors discover a child in a space capsule. Leif Haraldson adopts him and gives him the names of his gods: Thorgal Aegirsson, son of Thor (god of lightning) and son of Aegir (master of the sea). Upon Leif’s death, the Viking chief Gandalf the Insane isolates Thorgal from others. Only the friendship of Aaricia, the daughter of Gandalf, brightens Thorgal’s solitary childhood. Their mutual affection quickly turns into true love.This two-volume book includes “Aaricia”.
Tome 2 : In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside... Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board the Black Galley, Thorgal becomes a plaything in the hands of Veronar, a degenerate tyrant... This two-volume book includes “The Black Galley”.
Tome 3 : Taken aback by Aaricia’s disappearance, Thorgal is only a shadow of his former self. Eaten away by remorse, the young Shania accompanies him and protects him, begging his pardon… Approached by two strangers, Worgan and Galathorn, they discover that Aaricia is still alive but held captive in the court of Brek Zarith. Ready to do anything to keep himself in power, the illegitimate master of this kingdom, Sharder, uses and abuses his evil sorcerer powers. Despite all this, Thorgal will try, alone, to penetrate the impregnable fortress of Brek Zarith to save his wife and his son, Jolan. This two-volume book includes “The Fall of Brek Zarith”.
Tome 4 : Jolan has become a robust kid who is interested in everything. The strange signs he draws without knowing their meaning thoroughly intrigue his parents. During one escapade, he makes friends with a boy his age. The child seems to be lost and is terrified of adults. Along with being deaf and mute, he cannot answer questions raised by his mysterious presence. Surprised by a storm, Thorgal has been taken in by an old couple. Without boat or money, he can’t return to his village. Perhaps an archery competition will allow him to buy a new boat. Of all the competitors, the beautiful Kriss de Valnor is without any doubt the most formidable... This two-volume book includes “Alinoe”.
Tome 5 : The Land of Qa: Kriss de Valnor, the deadly warrior-woman and Thorgal’s arch enemy, has Thorgal’s and Aaricia’s son abducted. She demands that Thorgal and Aaricia go on a quest to find the magical mask if they want to save their son. The Eyes of Tanatloc: Thorgal’s son Jolan, prisoner in the kingdom of Xinjin, meets the God Tanatloc. Tanatloc, at the end of his life, reacts strangely when Jolan speaks Thorgal’s name... This two-volume book includes “The Eyes of Tanatloc”.
Tome 6 : Thorgal, Aaricia and Kriss of Valnor are finally approaching Mavaxatl, the city of the lost god. When Thorgal understands the real goal of their mission and Kriss’s duplicity, he tries to escape. But Kriss is determined that he complete the mission... This two-volume book includes “Between Earth and Sun.
Tome 7 : Thorgal and his family are back in Europe, where a pregnant Aaricia insists on giving birth in Northland. Unable to find a ship to sail north in the middle of winter, Thorgal sets off by land to reach his old village and bring back a drakkar. His trip takes him through the land of Saxegaard, Master of the Mountains, a ruthless warlord who terrorizes the surrounding country. One night, in a burntout cottage, he meets Torric, an escaped slave, and finds a strange ring in the ashes. An extraordinary adventure begins…
Tome 8 : Thorgal, Aaricia and Jolan sail north, and are almost home when they encounter the drakkar of Wor the Magnificent, the new king of the Northland Vikings. When Thorgal refuses to follow Wor on a raid, he and his family are left to finish the short trip on foot. When Thorgal leaves a near-term Aaricia with Jolan and goes to find transportation, enemies appear and threaten them all. As they fight for their lives in the wild, it is from the wild that life will come…
Tome 9 : Thorgal is back in his old village with his family, but once again his destiny catches up with him when Volsung of Nichor, sent by the snake Nidhogg, steals the belt of the Guardian of the Keys, which grants invulnerability. Nidhogg wants to destroy the Guardian and spread chaos throughout the universe, while Volsung just wants to become king of the world–but they both want Thorgal dead. And Volsung has taken on Thorgal’s appearance…
Tome 10 : A wandering Thorgal is captured and enslaved by Orgoff, a cruel man who appointed himself the local lord after defeating the old one. Orgoff wields the dreadful power of the Sun Sword, which the peasants say makes him invulnerable. Thorgal, of course, is not convinced. Escaping, he encounters the last of the rebels against the new order—and an old enemy. Together, they will have to defeat Orgoff and his allies and recover the Sun Sword.
Tome 11 : Still travelling with Kris of Valnor, Thorgal runs afoul of a local tribe. When a mysterious old woman offers him a chance to escape the hostile villagers, he accepts. But there’s more to the bargain: She says that if he can make his way into the Invisible Fortress, he’ll be able to erase his name from the Stone of the Gods, cancelling his destiny—and finally have a chance at a normal life.
Tome 12 : Thorgal has been gone for three years. Now, the last raiding expedition organised by the men of his village is late in returning. When a single survivor stumbles in to announce that their drakkar was boarded by the dreaded Shaigan, he also reveals that Shaigan is actually... Thorgal! Outraged, the grieving, vengeful Viking women banish Aaricia and her children and brand her an exile. All that’s left for them is to try to find Thorgal again.
Tome 13 : Three years ago, Thorgal lost his memory. Kriss of Valnor convinced him that he was her husband Shaigan, a merciless pirate, and they have been terrorising everyone—even the Vikings—ever since. Aaricia and Wolf Cub, exiled when Thorgal was recognised by one of the men from the northern village, have been captured and brought to Shaigan’s lair. In the end, it’s up to young Jolan to rescue his family with the help of a very special traveller... from the future!
Tome 14 : In their island fortress, Kriss and Shaigan still reign over their band of pirates and raiders. But Shaigan is beginning to have doubts, and when a prisoner who knew him calls him Thorgal, the child of the stars begs the gods of Asgard to give him back his name and his destiny. In return, the gods require that Thorgal travel to the kingdom of giants and steal from their ruler... and then Thorgal will be Thorgal again.
Tome 15 : It is time at last for Thorgal to return to his family. However, Aaricia is not staying idle after her rescue by Jolan, and tries to put together a fleet to attack Shaigan’s stronghold – unaware that her husband is no longer the dreaded pirate lord. By the time the two find themselves on their own island again, Aaricia is disinclined to simply forgive everything, and locks Thorgal up in a cage while she makes up her mind about him.
Tome 16 : Thorgal, his family and their friends Darek and Lehla have left their island to sail south and look for a safer place to live. After a storm scatters them, Thorgal and WolfCub’s boat flounders on reefs at the foot of a strange, mist-covered cliff. One perilous climb later, the little girl is trapped by a mysterious, invisible force, and her father, after going for help, discovers a very curious city cut off from the world...
Tome 17 : Thorgal and his family have left Arachnea’s island to continue seeking a place to live in peace. As they sail along unknown shores, they’re attacked by pirates, then rescued by Prince Zarkaj, who takes them to his palace and pampers them – especially Aaricia. But when Jolan and his mother turn out to have caught the terrible Blue Plague, the prince has them thrown into a guarded pit to die – and it’s up to Thorgal to escape in search of a cure.
Tome 18 : It’s been two years now since Thorgal and his family left the north to look for some hypothetical country where men might live in peace and harmony. They are sailing along a deserted and inhospitable stretch of land when Aaricia and the children convince Thorgal that enough is enough. But before they have a chance to turn around, they come across two strange characters who seem fascinated with Thorgal, and that night their boat is mysteriously torched...
Tome 19 : Thorgal, his family, and his new friends Tiago and Ileniya have been captured by slavers while attempting to cross the desert. The two adult men are sold to the local governor as fodder for a cruel blood game, where young nobles in chariots practice their archery skills on fleeing slaves. Turning the tables on them, Thorgal earns his and Tiago’s freedom, but not the women’s – and he has made a mortal enemy in the governor’s son...
Tome 20 : mé Aaricia and her children, sold as slaves to an Imperial prince, refuse to believe that Thorgal is dead, and keep trying to escape, eventually wearing off their new owner’s patience. Condemned to a year of hard labour in the silver mines, they meet someone unexpected there: Kriss of Valnor, wielding the whip of a forewoman, yet a prisoner like them. Despite their mutual hatred, the two women will have to work together to escape…
Tome 21 : Thorgal’s family is once again reunited, but the future is bleak. The hero is unconscious, dying, and his wife and children are exhausted and starving. Aaricia’s prayers bring her some hope: the goddess Frigg is willing to save Thorgal … But her husband Odin is determined to get rid of the troublesome Child of the Stars once and for all. So begins one last challenge for Thorgal and his son Jolan – a final chance to obtain what they’ve always dreamed off: a quiet, uneventful life …
Tome 22 : Jolan has agreed to leave his family and serve Manthor, who saved Thorgal's life. The mysterious mage has promised Jolan an exceptional destiny—if, that is, the young man proves worthy of it. So begins a series of trials during which Jolan, on his own at first, will meet four other youngsters. They, too, have unusual powers. And they, too, are on their way to Manthor's castle. Will they be allies, or enemies?
Tome 22 : Jolan has agreed to leave his family and serve Manthor, after he saved Thorgal’s life. The mysterious mage has promised him an exceptional destiny – if, that is, the young man proves worthy of it. So begins a series of trials during which Jolan, on his own at first, will meet four other youngsters. They, too, have unusual powers. They, too, are on their way to Manthor’s castle. Will they be allies, or enemies?
Tome 23 : Jolan and his new companions have arrived safely in Manthor's home. However, harmony it isn't, and the instructions from their new master don't help. Their next task can only be accomplished if all five of them work together to open a magical gate, but once they're past that obstacle, there will be only one Chosen One—whoever succeeds in stealing Thor's shield! Are any of them up to the task?
Tome 23 : Jolan and his new companions have arrived safely in Manthor’s home. However, harmony isn’t the word yet, and the instructions from their new master don’t help: their next task can only be accomplished if all five of them work together to open a magical gate, but once they’re past that obstacle, only one of them can become the Chosen one – and that by stealing no less than Thor’s own shield! Can any of them even do it on their own?
Tome 24 : As Thorgal pursues his son Aniel's kidnappers, his eldest son Jolan prepares to enter adulthood. After enduring countless ordeals, Jolan must now accomplish the toughest of all: enter the realm of Asgard and retrieve from its gardens a special piece of fruit—the only way to save his mentor's mother. Jolan has an army at his back, but will that be enough against the treacherous Loki?
Tome 24 : Jolan, having triumphed in the trials set by his new master Manthor, is now the Chosen One. At last his true mission is revealed: no less than storming Asgard in order to restore the immortality of Manthor’s mother, a goddess who was cast out! While he leads his army of rag dolls to the realm of the gods, Thorgal follows the trail of the Red Mages who kidnapped his other son, Aniel, the child he had with Kriss of Valnor.
Tome 25 : While Jolan and his companions finally learn from Manthor what their grand destiny will be, Thorgal is still on the trail of the men who kidnapped his other son, Aniel. Along with jolly mercenary Petrov, he sails down a frozen river aboard a Blade Ship – a trade vessel equipped with heavy metal blades to break the ice. The journey is fraught with dangers – storms, raiders, spies, wild animals … and a group of shipwrecked Vikings looking for a mysterious chest …
Tome 26 : After the icy north, Thorgal and his companions now face the oppressive heat of the Middle East. On the road to Bag Dadh, the reluctant hero has gotten dangerously close to the bewitching Saluma, who tells him the story of the Red Mages—the very same who kidnapped his son Aniel. It doesn't take long for Thorgal to realize that he isn't just mixed up in a simple crime, but in political machinations that could determine his fate, as well as that of the entire city.
Tome 27 : Thorgal has failed. Despite all his efforts, he came up short in his attempt to save his son Aniel, and was forced to look on as sorcery transformed the young, mute boy into a teenager with terrible powers: the reincarnation of the Master of Red Magic. Our Viking hero, however, is convinced there is still a chance, and isn't yet ready to give up. But many threats are converging, from within the city and from afar, and the stakes may in fact be much higher than Thorgal imagined...
Tome 28 : Thorgal and his friends are finally on their way back to the lands of the Vikings of the North. Time is of the essence, for his son Aniel is still possessed by an evil entity, and he is weakening by the day. But the trip is fraught with danger, and soon they find themselves marooned on a mysterious shore. Thorgal will have to fight once more to give his son a future...
Tome 29 : Thorgal's family is once again reunited, but the future is bleak. The hero is unconscious, dying, and his wife and children are exhausted and starving. Aaricia's prayers bring her some hope: the goddess Frigg is willing to save Thorgal. However, her husband, Odin, is determined to get rid of the troublesome Child of the Stars once and for all. So begins one more challenge for Thorgal and his son Jolan – a chance to obtain what they've always dreamed off: a quiet, uneventful life...Now available in print from Cinebook
Tome 33 : While Jolan and his companions finally learn from Manthor what their grand destiny will be, Thorgal is still on the trail of the men who kidnapped his other son, Aniel. Along with the jolly mercenary Petrov, he sails down a frozen river aboard a blade ship—a trade vessel specially equipped to break the ice. The journey will be fraught with danger of all kinds—storms, raiders, spies, wild animals...—as well as a group of shipwrecked Vikings looking for a mysterious chest.