Saturday, 9 July 2016

"Ant-like, the boat..."

Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), Chapter XXII.

Skafloc Elven Fosterling and Mananaan MacLir sail to Jotunheim, which they also call Giant Land. (p. 158)

"Ant-like, the boat crawled under the cliffs and peered into the fjord." (p. 159)

Such differences of scale sometimes provide dramatic or comic effect. En route to Jotunheim, Thor and Loki found a large hall with a wide entrance and five corridors off the far end. They sheltered in the hall overnight but, when they had emerged in the morning, a giant strode past and picked up his glove. Gulliver was big in Lilliput but small in Brobdingnag. The Borrowers use a postage stamp of Queen Victoria as a portrait. See references to Tom Thumb etc here. Cinema special effects have now caught up. See here.

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