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Fortinbrasse is the nephew of the King of Norway. He is the son of the Elder Fortinbrasse, who was killed by King Hamlet.

(By the way, Fortinbrasse is not "the Prince" of Norway, no matter how many editors of Hamlet have made the blunder of assuming he is, somehow. He is, exactly as stated, the King's nephew, and that is all.)



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The name appears as "Fortinbrasse" in the Second Quarto, and as "Fortinbras" in the First Folio. The name means "strong in arm," more or less literally. The French for "arm" is 'bras', and French for "strong" is 'fort.'

The similar name of "Fierabras" or "Ferumbras" / "Firumbras" appears in early English literature. Known writings include "Sir Ferumbras" (late 14th or early 15th century) and "Sowdon of Babylon & the Destruction of Rome" (15th century.)


His most significant lines are:

Themes and Motifs

Most immediate for Fortinbrasse:

On Stage

Fortinbrasse appears in Scene 15 and Scene 20.

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