Wednesday, 4 July 2018
A Hunnish World View
"Abide, he told himself. Honor the Powers and the ancestors, stand by your Shanyu and do his will as you expect your household to do yours, steer your affairs wisely. Then who knows what might come your way?
"And the vortex took him."
-Poul Anderson, The Dancer From Atlantis, CHAPTER TWO, p. 16.
The "vortex" takes Uldin into the past. This single-sentence paragraph announcing the vortex is an ironic answer to the question that ends the preceding paragraph. Similarly, on p. 14, Oleg smiles "...at everything which lay in his tomorrows..." and the vortex takes him; on p. 20, Erissa asks "'...God Duncan...'" when he will call her back to him and the vortex takes her.
Natural forces transcend human understanding and control.
Language and other inherited skills enable us to transcend animality.
The rule of men preceded the rule of law.
However, a household, and a realm, can be ruled wisely, not just by individual self-will.