Saturday, 27 August 2016

Under Yggdrasil

Poul Anderson, Operation Luna (New York, 2000), Chapter 40, pp. 352-353:

a descending passage;
clay floor;
snaky, dead-white roots;
water dripping and puddling;
a carpet-like cobweb;
a dog-sized spider;
further down, rock;
underground chill;
a huge cavern;
blue light from the rock;
black moss around silver water in the well;
a square, rune-carved, man-high stone block with a ramp to the well;
on the block, Mimir's embalmed, revivified head -

white hair and beard;
tight livid skin;
jutting bones;
deep dark eyes -

- and that is eerie enough for tonight. It is past midnight here.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And PA used the name "Mimir" for the star of the Mimirian system we see in A CIRCUS OF HELLS. With the rare metals rich moon Wayland circling a gas giant planet.