Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ivanhoe: Miscellania

(Combining our Ivanhoe and food and themes, the image shows Reese's Cup Sundae as served at Ivanhoe's Drive-In, Upland, Indiana.)

Texts that are historical in the Technic History timeline are fictional in our timeline. Narratives written in Planha by Hloch, in Anglic by Vance Hall or in a later human language by Donvar Ayeghen are rendered into English for our benefit. Thus, the title of a fully qualified member of the Polesotechnic League becomes variously "Master Merchant," "Master Trader" or "Master Polesotechnician."

David Falkayn converses with Rebo Legnor's-Child, Marchwarden of Gilrigor, and Juan Hernandez converses with Tokonnen Undassa's-child, chief of the Elassi Clan. Thus, even on different continents, each of the Ivanhoans has a personal name, a patronymic and a title, associated respectively with a place and a tribe.

We first see David Falkayn as a teen-aged apprentice in danger of his life among leonine Ivanhoans and we first see Dominic Flandry as a teen-aged Ensign in danger of his life among Starkadian Tigeries.


David Birr said...

"Reese's Cup Sundae." Mutter, mutter, mutter.... My waistline curses you!

On the topic of places named Ivanhoe, my copy of Scott's book has a publisher's introduction which mentions that Sir Walter picked the name from a scrap of verse about how an ancestor of "the celebrated Hampden" got himself out of trouble for a spot of *lèse-majesté* (he HIT the Black Prince with a tennis racket during a quarrel) by handing over three manors, one of which was ... you guessed it.
"Tring, Wing, and Ivanhoe,
For striking of a blow,
Hampden did forego,
And glad he could escape so."

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Commenting on your last paragraph: it would be more accurate to say Dominic Flandry was endangered by the Merseians and Sea People on Starkad. The Tigeries were the ALLIES of the Terrans.


Paul Shackley said...

Sure but Flandry was in danger while among them, limited food supply - like Falkayan.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Granted, but Captain Dragoika, a leader of the Kursoviki Sisterhood, was going to help Flandry back to safety.