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March 2017



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writing edda of burdens fenris wolf

a wind-age, a wolf-age

This is the obligatory spoiler discussion post for The Sea Thy Mistress, and by extension, all of the Edda of Burdens.



I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet (have to wait until this weekend for that), but I just re-read AtWS, and my burning question?

How does one pronounce Caothair's name? Every version of it I try sounds wrong, and taking into account his nickname, I just can't make it work.

Help me, o author, you're my only hope! *grin*

(And thank you for such a fantastic series!)

ca-HEER, more or less.
Ah, that helps! Thanks for responding so quickly!

But... but... Mingan didn't get to eat anybody!

I think this is most unfair.

He did his eating in prehistory.
I just finished it, and I am so happy. SO HAPPY. They're all so complicated -- each book complicates the one which came before it! -- but this book manages to complete everything, too.

I'll have more to say here in a little while; right now I'm just kind of incoherent with how attached I've become to all of them, and how right this ending felt to me.
You make a writer's heart glad!
Here, have some flail and squee.
I really cannot say how much I loved Mingan's use of "thy" to indicate intimacy, because I am rendered inarticulate with delight.

Actually I just loved Mingan. Unrequited love! Requited love screwed up! Sacrifice! Anguish! Redemption! (Okay, he totally walked off with all three books for me.)

I really missed Muire as a view point character, but I liked her ubiquity in the story. You write grief well.
Thank you.

Yes, Mingan and his pronouns... Another thing to make my CEs hate me.
As I said to you on Tuesday, I forgive you for the ending of the first one.

However, I do think it was a bit unrealistic of Muire to complain about them not creating more angels when she hadn't yet told them how. Of course, she probably had a lot of other things on her mind and it really shouldn't have taken them that many years to get around to asking.
It's the problem of godhead. Sometimes, things seem PERFECTLY OBVIOUS to you, and the damned monkeys take forever to figure it out.
Hello. You don't know me, so I hope you don't mind that I've wandered in here. I have just finished The Sea Thy Mistress and am still drunk on story. Thank you so much for this series. I'm a medieval literature scholar, although I don't read Old Norse and I only know the Eddas from the D'Aulaires and from hanging around with other medievalists. But I love the way the post-apocalyptic (post-post-post-apocalyptic?) future of Valdyrgard reads as a SFnal, cyberpunk extension of the early medieval North Sea. Little details like the Ash and Thorn pub (with a neon rune sign!) make me grin every time I find them.

I don't know if you're still answering questions, but I have one for you. A fragment of verse Mingan recites to Cahey mentions Baldr's return at the moment of Valdyrgard's birth. Is Cathoair/Strifbjorn the reincarnated Baldr?
You get an A.

Yes he is, and you are the first person, AFAIK, to figure that out.
*grinning rather a lot* Awesome. It makes a great deal of thematic sense. As Cathoair (and as Strifbjorn too, a little bit, I think), he has a massive fixation on self-sacrifice. Thus the end of tStM, in which Cathoair (to his utter amazement) is forced to live, is the moment in which Ragnarok is entirely undone. (The removal of Mingan's curse is part of that too, I suppose.)

So... did Muire write that poem? And if she did, how did she know who Baldr was and that Strifbjorn was Baldr? Only the Wolf could have told her...
Actually, IIRC, I believe *that* poem is my rephrase of the Voluspa, one of the poetic eddas. But I am not 100 percent sure any more. *g*