Thursday, 18 August 2016
(i) "Redbeard went to the foot of the poop and shook his hammer."
-The Golden Slave (New York, 1980), 125.
"'They call me Tjorr the Sarmatian...'" (p. 128)
(ii) "His threats and foul words became too much for Thor. The storm god smote him, and a crushed skull was the wage that he got."
-War Of The Gods (New York, 1999), p. 13.
(iii) "From the north, a man in a chariot drawn by two goats. He stood burly, red-bearded, clad in helmet and ringmail, iron gloves and an iron belt. Driving with his left hand, he gripped a short-handled hammer in his right. The cloak blew behind him on mighty gales. The rumble of his car wheels went down and down the sky. He laughed, swung the hammer and threw it. Where it struck, fire blasted and the air roared; it returned to him."
-Operation Chaos (New York, 1995), p. 276.
(iv) "'Fellow name of Thor. He has a red beard, and he drives in a wagon pulled by goats...Thor has a hammer too, which he throws at trolls. I don't think those blobby characters will stand a chance.'
"I started to open my mouth. This didn't look semantically right to me."
-World Without Stars (New York, 1966), p. 14.
The man, Tjorr, becomes the storm god, Thor. Even when semantically wrong, he lives in a story.