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 the Summerland and Asatruar to Valhalla? I am all for a "many mansions" approach to the hereafter.