Thursday, 1 September 2016

Learning In A New World

Poul Anderson, Three Hearts And Three Lions (London, 1977), Chapter Nine.

Holger brings his iron shield down on Alfric's dagger hand - which smokes and burns! Holger calls:

"'Jesu Kriste Fili Mariae -'" (p. 55)

The Faeries shriek and flee! Imagine knowing that you were in a realm where the myths and legends were true: garlic should work against vampires etc.

The blade of Alfric's captured dagger seems to be magnesium, which is soft and flammable. In his saddlebag, Holger finds:

"...an extra misericord." (p. 59)

Holger and his friends are besieged by "'Night-gangers...'" (p. 60)

"...he wondered what the safety factor of the camp's charms was. No doubt magicians in this world had their equivalent of the Rubber Handbook, with tables of such data." (ibid.)

Holger's knowledge of engineering helps him to think rationally about an environment with different laws.

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And Holger was amused to think that elvish magicians might also use spectroscopes!

    Sean

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