sword and sorcery

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sword and sorcery (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Of or pertaining to a genre of narratives—including short stories, novels, television shows, films, and computer games—which combines wizardry and other fantastical supernatural elements with violent combat using medieval weaponry.
    • 1972, Don Davidson, "Sword and Sorcery Fiction: An Annotated Book List," The English Journal, vol. 61, no. 1, p. 44,
      In the typical Sword and Sorcery novel, the setting resembles the misty landscape of Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, in that larger-than-life heroes struggle against strange and nightmarish antagonists.