Arrow to the Knee

So I was rereading some of “The Name of the Wind” and came across a section near the beginning that made me laugh.


“In spite of his grin it was obvious he’d hurt himself. His face was tight with pain, and he leaned heavily on a chair for support. “Took an arrow in the knee on my way through the Eld three summers ago. It gives out every now and then.” He grimaced and said wistfully, “It’s what made me give up the good life on the road.” He reached down to touch his oddly bent leg tenderly.”

At first I thought it was Rothfuss’ nod to Skyrim, until I realized that “The Name of the Wind” came before the game. So now I can’t help but wonder if the person who wrote that stock dialogue for Skyrim was actually a Patrick Rothfuss fan? It seems very possible. I have a hard time believing that it’s merely a coincidence.

~~Lady of the Pen~~

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