Thursday, 7 July 2016

Cluracan's Tale

I am rereading Neil Gaiman's "Cluracan's Tale," looking for Andersonian parallels and as usual finding more of them than I had expected.

(i) Titania appears and converses both in "Cluracan's Tale" and in Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest.

(ii) Cluracan addresses the question of whether fairies have souls which comes up in Anderson's fantasies.

(iii) He travels between realms/universes like several Andersonian characters.

(iv) He tells his tale in the Inn of the Worlds' End, Gaiman's equivalent of Anderson's Old Phoenix.

(v) Cluracan's mission from Titania is to prevent the Psychopomp of the plains from becoming the physical ruler not only of Aurelia but also of all the cities of the plains. Carl Farness of the Time Patrol tells us that Wodan is the Psychopomp and The Shield Of Time shows us that it is better if church and state are separate.

(vi) The Psychopomp imprisons the Cluracan with cold iron which harms Faerie as we have read in The Broken Sword.

(The white-skinned guy addressing the Cluracan later got his own story written by Mike Carey.)

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Addressing your point (v): and it is my view that our times shows the state as being far too dominant, far too willing to trespass beyond its proper sphere.