Thursday, 7 July 2016
Wind, World's Edge And Time
-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.