Tuesday, 27 June 2017
-Poul Anderson, The Broken Sword (London, 1977), I, p. 15.
"There was a man named Orm the Strong..."
-SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter Seventeen, p. 501.
A heroic fantasy novel on Earth Real becomes a chanted ancestral epic in the Emberverse. There are two versions of the text. I have a copy of the revised text whereas the Emberversers remember the original words.
Impressive Seidh (clairvoyance):
the repetition of "'...Would you know more?'" (Stirling, p. 511) is from Voluspa;
"'The sword he seeks is more potent than Tyrfing...'" (p. 514) (see also here and here);
Mathilda intends to attend but not participate but instead questions Odin who manifests through the medium;
when, later, the enemy of mankind is identified as Loki (p. 521), this name is used because it fits with the local mythology.
Do Wiccans go to the Summerland and Asatruar to Valhalla? I am all for a "many mansions" approach to the hereafter.