Wednesday, 10 May 2017
-SM Stirling, The Sunrise Lands (New York, 2008), Chapter Seventeen, p. 410.
"'...the will of Weard stands not to be altered...Know that against time the gods themselves are powerless. I did what I was doomed to do.'"
-Poul Anderson, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 333-465 AT 372, p. 457.
Between the original Time Patrol series and the two overlapping sub-series concerning Wanda Tamberly and the Exaltationists, there is a diptych (two works) about Northern European mythology. Here we quoted "Star of the Sea" about the legacy of the Roman Empire. Now we quote "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" about gods and time. Poul Anderson turns out to be endlessly quotable and his Time Patrol series is a major source of quotations.
In different traditions, gods are subordinate to Weard and to Dharma. I find this appropriate. We imagine and project the gods. We recognize their limitations.