Monday, 30 June 2014
Ferune, Wyvan of Mistwood Choth on Avalon and First Marchwarden of the Lauran System, reads:
"...Terran classics...in three original languages, for enjoyment."
-Poul Anderson, Rise Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2011), p. 454.
In the command bridge of his superdreadnaught, Hell Rock, before battle, he remembers:
"The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul." (p. 519)
When he sees Morgana, the moon of Avalon, moving around the dark side of the planet, he murmurs, "Oh moon of my delight that knows no wane -" (p. 526).
We would like to hear more from Ferune but he dies in this conflict. Anderson not only quotes Terran classics but also transposes the alliterative verse form into Planha, which Arinnian translates into Anglic:
"Blind in the black of clawing cloudbanks,
"wins he his way, though slowly,
"breaks their barrier, soars in sunlight.
"High is heaven and holy." (p. 452)
And that last quoted line concludes the novel:
"Snowpeaks flamed. The sun stood up in a shout of light.
"High is heaven and holy." (p. 662)
Sometimes, we forget space battles and enjoy Poul Anderson's use of the English language.