But when they are just one story that happens to be published separately in a number of volumes, they are not a trilogy nor even a series.
It might just be a three-part serial. No matter how many pieces a novel is published in, it is still a novel. But what about two? So for example, the Mabinogion is a cycle of eleven stories, the earliest ones we have of the Britons.
Wodehouse novels and stories about Jeeves and Wooster are occasionally called the Jeeves Cycle.
They might as well have been published as one volume, but for publishing constraints of size and timeliness. Another modern series that can be read in any order is the Culture Series by the late Iain Banks.
These were originally published in two parts, first Knight then Wizard, but the work is now available as one volume. That is a legitimate trilogy, as the novels are separate stories.
Related narratives that are more Nordic in origin or tone are sometimes known as sagas. If that ambiguity of sense does not bother you, then go ahead and use dilogy. So a diptych is one piece folded into two halves.
Our best surviving example of these is the Oresteia by Aeschylus about the House of Atreus the Atreides, in one spellingwhich comprised three different plays: However, that has not historically meant a two-volume set of novels.
The word trilogy was originally applied to a set of three completely separate but interrelated Greek plays. However, Viscount was itself published as a triptych of three parts, each under its own title, just as the earlier Viconte had been.
The OED defines this sense of cycle as: When you have two or three different self-contained stories in the same setting, this is something else. The use of an ambiguous or equivocal expression; the word or expression so used.
Repetition of a word or phrase, in the same context. However, the last of those three novels is so large that it has been variously published in sets of three, four, and even five volumes. No matter how you look at it, The Lord of the Rings is never a trilogy nor heptalogy; it is only a single novel, just like a diptych is.
On the other hand, the combination of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings might be justly called a dilogy, since they are two independent novels that can be read each on their own. Words like diptych for a two-parter and triptych for a three-parter are much more accurate than duology or trilogy, since those imply that they are separate novels — separate words, if you will — not merely one thing with two or three folds.
Perhaps the most notoriously mislabelled example is The Lord of the Ringsa single novel that has seen publication in one single volume, in three volumes, and in seven volumes. Originally used in the Epic cycle Gr. You may recognize The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the pieces of the third novel.
If you dare call the thirteen Vlad Taltos novels from Jhereg through Tiassa published by Steven Brust through a triskaidekalogy, you had best be doing so in jest, because no one will take you seriously. These are not merely two novels occurring in the same world setting; they are two integral halves of the same thing.
A series of poems or prose romances, collected round or relating to a central event or epoch of mythic history and forming a continuous narrative; as the Arthurian cycle.
Tolkien preferred to call the aggregate collection of his tales of Middle-earth his Legendariuma medieval Latin word meaning a collection of legends.
The satyr play Proteus, which served as a sort of coda piece well, or codpiece:Zeus The man the Myth the Legend - His first choice would be the Titaness Mitis who had helped Zeus assume his position.
Mitis, just like Zeus, was a shape shifter. Actually, a series of three may or may not be a trilogy — it just depends.
It might just be a three-part serial. The word trilogy was originally applied to a set of three completely separate but interrelated Greek plays.
Our best surviving example of these is the Oresteia by Aeschylus about the House of Atreus (the Atreides, in one spelling), which comprised three different plays: Agamemnon.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough, to suit me.” C.S. Lewis supposedly said it or wrote it somewhere (a .Download