Saturday, 3 September 2016
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)
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.