Friday, 10 June 2016

Wind Through Pines

In paganism, supernatural beings are personifications of natural forces. Therefore, Poul Anderson presents gods, giants etc as if they were such forces endowed with self-consciousness. See here.

And here is another example:

"'As you wish,' Vagnhofdi sighed, like a wind through tall pines.'"
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Ballantine Books, New York, 1999), p. 38.

Vagnhofdi is giant three times higher than a tall man, like a pine, and his sigh is like the sound of wind through tall pines. Where you and I see a pine and hear the wind, maybe a pagan sees a giant and hears his voice?


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I'm not sure I can agree with this. Your suggestion would seem to mean the pagans did not think their gods were actual BEINGS or persons. And that's not the impression I get from pagan myths. But I can see pagans trying to understand natural forces by attributing them to gods.


    1. Sean,
      It is kind of both. There is a pine and it is a giant and it is a pine...

    2. Kaor, Paul!

      Pines can be large trees, but that is all they are: TREES. Not giants.