(urth) PEACE: Labyrinth
slowalrus at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 10:20:45 PDT 2009
Mantis, way back in 2000, provided a wonderful clue (he he) regarding
"The House of the Axe" is the literal translation of Labyrinth, iirc. So
Wolfe is signaling that Den is at the entrance to a maze . . . well,
=obviously= . . . and Wolfe also has a track-record of mixing up Daedelus
(labyrinth maker) with Minotaur (labyrinth monster/inhabitant) with Theseus
Following up on this, I discovered that "palace of the double-axe" is
the full meaning of Labyrinth. The labrys ("double-edged axe")
symbolized power, or royalty in Cretan art and architecture.
This sheds some light on the text. The issue of Weer's inability to
wield the double headed axe, as described in the first few pages, may
also symbolize his loss of power and vitality. He has strength enough
to use only Bunting's single-edged axe.
Also of interest is Mantis's statement "and Wolfe also has a
track-record of mixing up Daedelus (labyrinth maker) with Minotaur
(labyrinth monster/inhabitant) with Theseus (labyrinth visitor)."
In the case of PEACE, Weer is definitely the creator of his memory
mansion (maze) and the visitor, lost and confused in the maze. Is he
also the monster in the maze?
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