Thursday, 23 March 2017
Three Kinds Of Interactions With The Supernatural
the gods are real and come on stage, e.g., Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword;
the gods are real but remain off stage although their effects are felt, e.g., Poul and Karen Anderson's The King Of Ys;
the gods are real according to the characters, e.g.:
"...a stranger met might be anything from an outlaw to a wood-sprite or a godling in disguise."
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter One, p. 15.
Norman Arminger role plays Norman brutality, complete with a tame Church, whereas the Dunedain role play Tolkien heroics, complete with references to that author's invented mythology. This plus Wicca make them "...Satan-worshippers...'" (p. 5), according to the "Normans."
Poul Anderson shows us Normans in Sicily, wrote Norse-derived heroic fantasy independently of Tolkien and also wrote some post-disaster fiction.