In ElfQuest’s Original Quest, it wasn’t until the very final moments of the elf-troll war that we learned the Frozen Mountain trolls’ true motivation for keeping the elves away from the Palace of the High Ones. It wasn’t greed, it was fear. Knowing what we do now at the conclusion of Final Quest–namely, that the Firstcomer Troll still lived, and lived so long in enduring fear of the elves and of being pressed again into unwilling service–we can see troll King Guttlekraw in a whole new light.
The Long Run takes place outside of the “View From the Gutters” normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the fifth episode of this bonus series, they talk about Elfquest, by Wendy and Richard Pini. For this episode they read the first three story arcs: The Original Quest, Siege at Blue Mountain, and Kings of the Broken Wheel. (The audio player is at the end of the introduction.)