Saturday, 17 June 2017
The Tale Of Niall
Niall of the Nine Hostages crops up again (see before) when SM Stirling's Rudi Mackenzie tells the tale of Niall's meeting with the Goddess. In fact, She blesses Niall's High Kingship not because of his warrior skills but because of his kindness to Herself disguised as a poor old woman. (An Sean-Bhean Bhocht or "The Poor Old Woman" is one of the nationalist personifications of Ireland along with Kathleen Ni Houlihan and Roisin Dubh, the Dark Rosaleen.)
By telling the tale, Rudi consciously instructs his illiterate audience in the importance of kindness, especially in kings. Thus, he powerfully reinforces his own reflection that we need tales to make sense of the world.
And I am about to watch a dvd tale about the first modern superhero so I will check back here later.