Friday, 8 July 2016
Sailing North With Certain Spells
Finding Jotunheim requires:
stout hearts and arms.
Lacking the spells, our mariners reach only the Arctic.
"They sailed steadily for three days and nights...
"Few words passed between them..." (pp. 155-156)
But some words passed:
"...even on the hardest passage, times will come when seamen find naught to do but sit and spin yarns. It staves off the loneliness."
-Poul Anderson & Midred Downey Broxon, The Demon Of Scattery (Ace Books, New York, 1980), p. 8.
I have tried to locate the moment in The Broken Sword when Mananaan MacLir recounts The Demon Of Scattery to Skafloc. Mananaan's narration begins on p. 11 of ...Scattery. He introduces it on p. 9, saying there that the event to be recounted had occurred nearly a hundred years previously. His telling of the story must occur on p. 156 of ...Sword. The event in question had involved the grandmother of the witch-queen Gunnhild. Thus, Anderson's Mother Of Kings, about Gunnhild, is set during the hundred years between ...Scattery and ...Sword. Thus, these works form an extremely loose trilogy.
We met Mananaan's father in The King Of Ys.