Wednesday, 31 August 2016
In The Middle World
The "Middle World" in the Carolingian universe has both an Elf Hill and a Mirkwood (Chapter Seven, p. 42), place names to conjure with.
"'...in Mirkwood do the Pharisee laids hunt griffin and manticore...'" (ibid.)
"...laids..." should be "...lairds..." Holger thinks that "Pharisees" is a misunderstanding of Biblical texts by illiterate Christians. (Chapter Six, p. 41)
"'They do say elves an' trolls ha' made allayance,' said Unrich. 'An' when them thar clans get together, 'tis suthing big afoot.'" (Chapter Five, p. 35)
Elves and trolls do not make alliance in Anderson's The Broken Sword. But the "something big" in the Carolingian universe is an assault of Chaos against Law.
In Holger's guest rooms in the Faerie castle:
mosaics of precious stone;
acres of garden seen through balcony windows;
a moving tapestry;
hot running water, soap etc. (Chapter Seven, p. 45)
And the elves conjure all this up from the air? (ibid.)