Saturday, 3 September 2016
Magic Swords And Mystical Geography
Poul Anderson, Three Hearts And Three Lions (London, 1977), Chapter Fifteen.
We get another list of magic swords (for previous, see here, here and here):
- belonging to Ogier, Charlemagne, Roland and Arthur, respectively.
We have previously considered Mythical Cosmography and Mythical And Physical Geographies. Now we learn some "'...mystical geography...'" (p. 101) -
- the world of Law and man (the Holy Empire, France, Spain, Britain etc) has:
giants to the north;
dragons to the south;
Faerie and Trollheim to the east;
Avalon, Lyonesse and Huy Braseal in the ocean to the west.
The Chosen, like Charlemagne, Arthur or their greatest paladins, were not saints but warriors whom God gave uncommon gifts and burdens. The Knights of the Round Table and of Charlemagne's court are dead but Holger lives. It is possible that Morgan le Fay deprived him of his memory, transformed him into a child and hid him in another world.
(Well, if that's possible, anything is!)