Friday, 21 July 2017
The Stories Carl Tells
He talks about the Romans, merely adding details to what the Goths have already heard from other travellers, and all such details are shortly garbled down to a common noise level.
Cuchulainn is just another foredoomed hero.
The Han Empire is just another remote fabulous realm.
Carl says that his immediate audience passed on what they had heard:
"'...to others, who merged everything into their existing sagas.'" (Time Patrol, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth," 1980, p. 388.)
But that does sound like a problem, doesn't it?
Carl talks about:
the new god
hot lands with black-skinned people and large animals
the Eastern realm where amber-hued people with slanting eyes have built a long wall against wild northern tribes
the World Sea
the wise and wealthy Mayas
Samson the Strong
Deirdre the fair and unhappy
Crockett the hunter...
That is a considerable amount of exotic input.