Wednesday, 8 June 2016
"The Beginning Shapes The End..."
Volume I begins:
"At noon upon that Birthday of Mithras, the sun blazed low in an ice-clear heaven. As Gratillonius looked south, he saw its brilliance splinter into rainbow shards amidst his eyelashes."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Roma Mater, Chapter I, section 1, p. 13.
Very near the end of Volume IV, Gratillonius and Verania walk through snow and he remembers:
"'All at once I remember. Today is the Birthday of Mithras.'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XXV, section 2, p. 497.
Christians have not yet adopted 25 December as the Birthday of Christ.
"'...it seems to me somehow as though this, everything that matters to me, it began that selfsame day, five-and-twenty years ago. I stood on guard on the Wall...And soon, one way or another, it will end.'" (ibid.)
Mithras was described as a Watchman but Mithras and the Wall are in Gratillonius' past. This is an excellent reference back to the very beginning of the novel.
Which novel by Poul Anderson can more accurately be described as biographical? (Its opening phrase is the title of this post.) Which series can be described as biographical although it begins in its hero's teens?