Saturday, 3 September 2016

Ariel

Poul Anderson, Three Hearts and Three Lions (London, 1977), Chapter Seventeen.

I have nearly finished blogging for today. However, I must mark the reappearance of an old acquaintance:

Ariel is a character in William Shakespeare's The Tempest;
therefore Ariel also appears in Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest;
and this spirit is also mentioned in Anderson's Three Hearts And Three Lions -

"'I raised the fleet spirits of the air, even called in Ariel as consultant, and they were still able to find where Cortana lies buried.'" (p. 109)

Thus:

Holger will soon complete his Quest - the sword is not far;
here is yet another cross-reference, binding Anderson's fantasies to Shakespeare and to each other.

Holger was found in Elsinore, Hamlet's home town. In A Midsummer Tempest, England, Scotland and Denmark have been friendly since the days of Hamlet.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS was written a long time before A MIDSUMMER TEMPEST. But a story partly inspired by Shakespeare's play would have to include Ariel. And that in turn would hark back to THREE HEARTS. Yes, interconnections!

    Sean

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