Friday, 2 September 2016
Safety And Predictability
"In this universe the wild folk of the Middle World might be trying...to restore some primeval state where anything could happen. Decent humanity would, on the other hand, always want to strengthen and extend Law, safety, predictability." (p. 66)
To Anderson's heroes, Nicholas van Rijn and Anson Guthrie, safety and predictability are death - although:
"...between the Dog and the Wolf there is only the Law."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: The Dog And The Wolf (London, 1989), p. 504.
-copied from here.
Poul Anderson covers every possibility.
Morgan le Fay tries to win Holger to the side of Chaos:
"'you're but bulwarking loutish peasants and fat-gutted burghers...'" (p. 68)
I am sure that the peasants are not all louts and that the burghers are not all fat. But, more importantly, is the Carolingian Earth static? Will peasants and burghers never become merchants, explorers, inventors, scientists or free workers? Are cosmic or social stasis possible? Must this world forever be as described in the myths? The myths assume social stasis so this is probably meant to be the case.