June 5, 2011
Should there be a spark of inkling to return to Odene and the forest of Imir, perhaps Aidan could catch up with Nako. Did Natch and Thraka make it?
J – have you heard of, or read Gododdin?
300 warriors met a literal tide of 10000. This battle of "300" seems to be retold in many ancient legends, but none is more romantic than ancient Britain, lashed with wind and drizzle, clad in cloth and wode, skin pipes droning and weapons clashing. Brythonic is the native language of the land of Great Britain – "English" is the language of the invading Angles, Danes and Jutes. Brythonic is close to modern Welsh and (unsurprisingly) modern Breton.
Defiant stand of the Celts.
Interestingly, I found out that the last of the Celtic tribes in England to fall to the invading Danes was right here in Yorkshire (well, just over there … pointing out of the window) in the Calder Valley. The language retreated and mutated into Scots and Welsh.
Hazra nachti negates the re-telling of heroic tales; there is no heroism, just being. But, Aidan is (only) human … and we get the hint that the human traits within Gryka may continue, two-fold in Natch and Thraka. That tale could be told.
February 22, 2010
No, I wasn't familiar with Gododdin: I have little familiarity with the history of the British Isles. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
It's interesting that the tale survives. Many cultures were crushed so completely by their invaders that little survives, not even their language -- and certainly not tales of their heroism. Often all that's left are a bunch of loan words.
It's not so much that the gnolls discourage the telling of heroic tales as that they're relentlessly practical, not terribly imaginative, and not much given to telling stories in general. They're very focused on the moment and their environment, because they must be in order to survive. As Aidan said, "Your bad ideas starve in about two weeks." That's why Aidan has to tell the story.
July 7, 2011
The Gnoll thought process: perfectly streamlined. One could learn a thing or two from this.
Humans are consistently, relentlessly bombarded with bait for their weak, impressionable minds. They follow, as if in a trance, the light they think will lead them to happiness. How tragic, but better them than me.
While people are trying to solve the Gordian knot of singular presence in the moment, Gnolls are singularly present in the moment, laughing at the humans thinking too much and talking too much about how to be - instead of just simply being.
Ours is a life being lived fully. Let others observe us in our kinesis, and let them be confounded and amazed.
February 22, 2010
When we are unable to give meaning to our lives through the accomplishments we have been selected for millions of years to achieve (hunting, foraging, making tools, providing for our family and tribe), we get stuck in all sorts of strange dead-ends.
I hope TGC helps some people realize this...among many other things. Most people aren't stupid: they've been taught to be stupid, and punished for being smart. (Though whether some of them can ever be taught otherwise is an open question.)
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