Re: Group Read of TMCL - Part 2, Chaps 8 & 9
- Hiya folks,
Well, here's my two cents towards chapters 8 & 9 (as previously promised)
An interesting chapter for those who like myths, as Bryan and Aiken
talk about the reverence that cultures in the past had for
trees.....and of the 'supernatural beings' that lived in forests and
lured people (usually men) to their doom. Bryan points out too that it
seems that the male elves missed out on all the fun while the females
were busy luring male humans, LOL.
Reading between the lines you are led to believe of course that the
Tanu could have been these beings, or rather, their descendants who
may have survived as a species through the countless centuries.
Creyn points out though that their culture has no such myths. He says
too to Elizabeth that she resembles the puffin from a poem (which is
in the 'Pliocene Companion') who lived on an island and was isolated
from her own kind and ate fish. Only when the fish offered to be her
friend if she stopped eating them did her life change for the better
(with other food eaten from then on).
It is mentioned that there is no iron used in the Tanu culture, with
types of unbreakable glass used instead (hmm, perhaps the Tanu have a
particular reason for not using iron?).
In the distance a stream of coloured light is seen, which is mentioned
by Creyn as being the Hunt....when Aiken asks whether he would get the
chance to join in, Creyn says (with mental overtones of disgust and
despair) that it would probably appeal to him...
A search on the 'net brought up the following link about 'The Wild
Hunt' in folklore, which might be of interest to some.
Richard finally comes to and realises to his fury that he's riding
(and bound) to a horselike creature. Claude explains to him that
they're part of a 'non-special' group of humans being taken on a
six-day journey to the city of Finiah.
They stop for the night at a fort-like place and the four Group Green
make plans to escape, with Richard asked to try and locate the
Polestar so they find their bearings....
- Nicolette :-)