Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wind, World's Edge And Time

"Dagobert stayed unrestful, though; folk said that was the blood of his father in him, and that he heard the wind at the edge of the world forever calling." (Time Patrol, pp. 382-383)
-copied from here.

"'I hear hoofbeats,' [Gora] said low. 'I hear hoofs galloping out on the edge of the world. It is Time riding forth, and snow falls from his horse's mane and lightning crashes from its hoofs, and when Time has ridden by like a wind in the night, there are only withered leaves left blowing in the gale of his passage. He rides nearer, I hear worlds sunder before him -'"
-Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), Chapter XVII, p. 116.

"Now and then on that planet, Jong Errifrans thought he heard the distant blowing of a horn...
"'Some trick of the wind, off in the cliffs yonder,' Mons Rainart suggested."
-Poul Anderson, "The Horn of Time the Hunter" IN Anderson, The Horn Of Time (New York, 1968), pp. 11-26 AT p. 11.

"...the horn of a hunter..." (p. 26)

Once at night, Hadding sees the light elves bounding to the horizon and hears their horn (here).

Dagobert is the son of a time traveler who is believed to be Wodan.
Gora is the daughter of the troll king.
Jong is a space traveler.
Hadding is an incarnation of the god, Njord.

A wind calls from the edge of the world.
Time rides like a wind at the edge of the world.
Time the hunter blows a distant horn - or it is a trick of the wind.
The elves' horn is heard from the horizon.

A knight of ghosts and shadows summons from beyond the world's end. (See here.)

Wind and Time are almost personified. Distance joins them in these evocative passages.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I've wondered who was the knight of ghosts and shadows in Anderson's A KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWS: Sir Dominic Flandry or Aycharaych? Aycharaych, the spinner of subtly cruel plots, or Dominic Flandry, the man who so often ruined Aycharaych's or other Merseian schemes?


Paul Shackley said...

I think it is Aycharaych. I have quoted Flandry reflecting that this affair has his style: shadows of shadows etc.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

That seems to settle the matter. I recall the passage from KNIGHT you alluded to. I also recalled Kossara Vymezal's wondering if Aycharaych's complicated plan could really work or succeed.