12.25.2011

Treasured Sword, Golden Hairpin, Appendix

Treasured Sword, Golden Hairpin, Appendix.
for Wang Dulu's Baojian Jinchai.

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* A List of Characters *
In Julu
* Glossary *
Culture and History
Martial Arts
Weapons
The Author and His Works

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 A LIST OF CHARACTERS 
IN JULU (巨鹿)

YU XIONGYUAN (俞雄遠). Called the IRON-WINGED EAGLE (鐵翅雕). Also called the OLD EAGLE (老雕). An old, retired security escort, formerly of the TAIXING SECURITY FIRM (泰興鏢行) in BEIJING (北京) and the XIONGYUAN SECURITY FIRM (雄遠鏢行). Married to LIU-SHI. Father of YU XIULIAN.

YU XIULIAN (俞秀蓮). A young woman adept at martial arts. Daughter of YU XIONGYUAN and LIU-SHI.

LIU-SHI (劉氏). Wife to YU XIONGYUAN. Mother of YU XIULIAN.

YU TIANJIE (郁天傑). Called the GOLDEN DART (金鏢). A young man from ZHANGDE (彰德). Disciple-nephew to YU XIONGYUAN.

THIRD CUI (催三). Called the UNDERGROUND GHOST (地裏鬼). A security escort who used to work under YU XIONGYUAN.


 GLOSSARY 
CULTURE AND HISTORY

THE GREAT QING EMPIRE (大清帝國). 1644–1912. China under Manchu rule. Preceeded by the collapse of the Ming Dynasty. Succeeded by the founding of the Republic of China.

THE TANG DYNASTY (唐朝). 618–907. Preceeded by the collapse of the Sui Dynasty. Succeeded by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.

WUXIA (武俠). Martial arts fiction.

JIANGHU (江湖). The Rivers and Lakes. Refers to the world on the fringes of society where men and women rely on their honor and abilities to live.

THE MARTIAL WOODS (武林). The world of martial arts.

THE GREEN WOODS (綠林). The world of the outlaw.

THE WUDANG SCHOOL (武當派). A school of martial arts with a focus on internal techniques.

THE SHAOLIN SCHOOL (少林派). A school of martial arts with a focus on external techniques.

XIA (俠). A valiant. A knight-errant. A gallant.

THE GREAT WALL (長城). A long wall in Northern China built to prevent incursions from the north.

THE STATE OF YAN (燕國). A state during the Warring States period.

THE STATE OF ZHAO (趙國). A state during the Warring States period.

HAN YU (韓愈). Posthumously called HAN WENGONG (韓文公). An influential scholar during the Tang Dynasty.

QINGMING FESTIVAL (清明節). A tomb-sweeping festival celebrated on the fifteenth day after the spring equinox in honor of one's ancestors.


MARTIAL ARTS

DIANXUE (點穴). Hitting the various vital points on the body for the purpose of causing paralysis, loss of consciousness or injury.


WEAPONS

SABER (鋼刀). A single-edged blade.

SWORD (寶劍). A long, double-edged blade.

STAFF (木棍). A long wooden stick.

SPEAR (花槍). A polearm wherein a short blade is attached to the end of a pole.


THE AUTHOR AND HIS WORKS

WANG DULU (王度盧). Author (1909-1977). Born WANG BAOXIANG (王葆祥), styled XIAOYU (霄羽), into a poor banner family in BEIJING (北京). Lost his father when young, entered the world at an early age. Started writing long-form novels in the 30s, over thirty works, including THE CRANE STARTLES KUNLUN, TREASURED SWORD, GOLDEN HAIRPIN, SWORD'S GLIMMER, PEARL'S LUSTER, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, ARMORED STEED, SILVER VASE, THE PURPLE PHOENIX DART (紫鳳鏢), etc. Praised as one of the Four Great Wuxia Writers of the Northern School.

THE CRANE STARTLES KUNLUN (鶴驚崑崙). The first book in WANG DULU's Crane-Iron quintet, though written third, after SWORD'S GLIMMER, PEARL'S LUSTER. Originally published as a newspaper serial from April 1940 to March 1941 under the name DANCING CRANE, SINGING LUAN (舞鶴鳴鸞記).

TREASURED SWORD, GOLDEN HAIRPIN (寶劍金釵). The second book in WANG DULU's Crane-Iron quintet. Originally published as a newspaper serial from November 1938 to April 1939.

SWORD'S GLIMMER, PEARL'S LUSTER (劍氣珠光). The third book in WANG DULU's Crane-Iron quintet. Originally published as a newspaper serial from July 1939 to April 1940.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (臥虎藏龍). The fourth book in WANG DULU's Crane-Iron quintet. Originally published as a newspaper serial from March 1941 to March 1942.

ARMORED STEED, SILVER VASE (鐵騎銀瓶). The fifth and last book in WANG DULU's Crane-Iron quintet. Originally published as a newspaper serial from March 1942 to sometime in 1944.

LI DANQUAN (李丹荃). The author WANG DULU's wife.