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Tales of the Heavenly Sword and the Dragon Slaying Sabre

Last update: Wednesday 21 February 2007

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aka: Yi Tian Tu Long Ji [倚天屠龙记], Yi Tin Tou Lung Gei [倚天屠龍記], Ỷ Thiên Đồ Long Ký, Y Thien Do Long Ky, Kisah Membunuh Naga, Pedang Langit Dan Golok Naga, Tian Jian Long Dao [天剑龙刀], Tin Gim Lung Dou [天劍龍刀], The Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre (HSDS).

First translated by Athena and Meh.

With contributions from guest translators.

Work-in-progress (about 30%).

Introduction

This Jin Yong novel was written in 1961 as a 112-chapter work, before being re-organised into 40 longer chapters in the 1970s.

Sypnosis

The Heavenly Sword and the Dragon Slaying Sabre is told on three levels: the individual, the family and the nation.

On the first level, it details the story of a young man named Zhang Wuji, his carefree childhood and the difficult times he faced as a teenager after the tragic and very public double-suicide of his parents.

On the second level, the story tells of how Wuji longs for and eventually succeeds in bringing an end to the inter-family feud that was partly responsible for his parents' deaths. The end of the feud not only brought reconciliation between both sides of his family, but also united the orthodox clans and unorthodox factions in the martial arts circle.

Finally, with the most powerful families of that era at peace and in unity with one another, the grown-up Wuji takes on the most difficult task of all, i.e. removing the ruling Mongolian Yuan Dynasty from China and returning the power governance to the Han-Chinese people.

Huang Yushi
28 May 2005

Book 1

Last update: Thursday 20 April 2006

Chapters 1-10

Events that set the stage for Zhang Wuji's life. Ends with the tragic double-suicide of his parents.

Translation complete.

Book 2

Last update: Wednesday 21 February 2007

Chapters 11-20

Follows Zhang Wuji through the tears and fears of his teenage years. Climaxes with him being caught in an epic battle between the upright clans and the unorthodox factions on Guangming Peak in the Kunlun Mountains.

Work-in-progress.

Book 3

Last update: Thursday 20 April 2006

Chapters 21-30

Chronicles the efforts of Zhang Wuji in maintaining the new-found but very fragile peace between the upright clans and the unorthodix factions. The appearance of a powerful Mongolian prefect complicates the task.

Work-in-progress.

Book 4

Last update: Thursday 20 April 2006

Chapters 31-40 (end)

Provides answers to the questions and puzzles in the earlier books. Zhang Wuji faces the might of the Yuan army, both as an individual and as a leader of the Han-Chinese ... without realising that a twist awaits...

Work-in-progress.

Second edition changes

This story was first written as a serialised work in Hong Kong's Ming Newspaper in 1961 and revised in the 1970s.

Third edition changes

Jin Yong published the 3rd edition of Heavenly Sword, Dragon Slaying Sabre in 2005. Here are the changes.