Tuesday, 3 May 2016
"As Old As..."
Let me delineate a context. On a forest road, Roman soldiers led by Gratillonius fight brigands called Bacaudae, some of whom escape with a hostage. The Bacauda leader whispers from the brush, "'Roman, listen...'" (Gallicenae, p. 50) and arranges to negotiate. So far, we have:
a forest road;
brigands who might be like Robin Hood's thieves, dressed in green?;
a voice from the brush;
maybe connotations like the Green Man?
The Bacauda leader, Rufinus, is young with green eyes but his spirit "...seemed as old as -" what?
"...as the night wind." (p. 51)
I have already commented on wind as symbolizing gods and magic.
Responses in Lancaster -
Nygel (a Wiccan high priest): "It doesn't resonate for me";
Sheila (wife): "What is old about the night wind?";
Aileen (daughter): "It's good. Sounds like something out of Norse mythology."