Ruining a good adventure
- Another thought occurred to me.
Suppose the land of the black dator's is hell. Consider the following:
1. JC and company descend into it.
2. The inhabitants are dark and crafty looking
3. Between the "heaven" of the Therns and the "hell" of the dators is a
village in "limbo"
4. It is somewhere here that ERB makes the observation about Dante's Inferno.
5. Ruled by a hideous demon.
6. The Isle of Shador -- a lot like the "Shadow" -- representative of death
7. Chapter title -- When all Hell broke loose.
Just a few more observation.
I don't think these observations ruin a good adventure -- they just explore
- DukedAuerstadt@... wrote:
> Suppose the land of the black dator's is hell. Consider the following:Is Hell down or up?
> 1. JC and company descend into it.
> 2. The inhabitants are dark and crafty lookingSounds like good merchants. Know a lot of dark people.
> 3. Between the "heaven" of the Therns and the "hell" of the dators is aIs Thern ever specified as "heaven" (as opposed to the Valley Dor which
> village in "limbo"
is specified in that term) and "hell" is the unknown by anyone but
appears to be the secret black community, and the Village of Lost Souls
is limbo or just a place where the weak of heart jumped off the River
Iss. So far, I see no hooks into Christian Myth (Jews don't believe in
> 4. It is somewhere here that ERB makes the observation about Dante's Inferno.Yup, a remark on a READER'S perception of an underworld as written by an
earlier and more widely read author. Sounds like good marketing to me. :)
> 5. Ruled by a hideous demon.Hideous demons are required. Start with Homer and move forward. REH made
great use of Hideous Demons.
> 6. The Isle of Shador -- a lot like the "Shadow" -- representative of deathHow?
> and hell.
> 7. Chapter title -- When all Hell broke loose.Sounds American, not a predition.
> I don't think these observations ruin a good adventure -- they just exploreAbsolutely! Grand adventure, grand fun for us both. We just don't agree
as to the depth or meaning of ERB's scribbles. Let us not read more into
his works than he was 35 at the time he started writing, had been a
manager for Sears, prior to that had worked odd jobs, earlier than that
had served in the US Army (horse) and prior to that had become a
professor of geology at the very same military school where he sweated
over the classic Greek and Latin.
ERB ain't that damn deep, kiddies. But he did know all the classic tales
and found new ways to tell the same stories! Bravo for him.
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