(urth) RE: urth-urth.net Digest, Vol 6, Issue 13
andywrobertson at clara.co.uk
Tue Feb 8 13:32:05 PST 2005
Taylor Peter writes:
> Hi - I'm new to the list; I found your allusion to "Wolfe's theory
> regarding the pagan gods" very interesting. I believe Wolfe explores
> this quite a bit in the Urth/Long/Short Sun series as well - would
> anyone care to elaborate on it?
It's the pattern of the universe as diagrammed in the WIZARD KNIGHT.
Wolfe imagines the "pagan gods" as being of a lower order of being than the
One god, but still divine.
Yet he imagines also there is one perfect god over all.
I don't know if he literally believes this (I doubt so) or if it's a
The idea has many literary and historical sources, but the most important
recent one is probably Tolkien and his EA / Valar / Maiar who act in ways
very like the One God / Kleos / Overcyns
In a literary sense it's a nod to the origins of European Catholicism (and
hence our whole Western culture) as syncretised Christianised paganism
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