(urth) Names on the Whorl
dstockhoff at verizon.net
Fri Sep 10 04:53:59 PDT 2010
Yes! I knew there must be some reason Wolfe chose them, other than
pointing to an Earthly past.
I wonder if Typhon's intent was to erase all memory of Urth in peoples'
names. Naming themselves after objects in their environment, and their
environment itself, must be a good way to do that.
It also makes the Whorlians seem more autochthonous.
On 9/10/2010 12:41 AM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> "Wight" is also a person or a less-than-a-person, and it's roots'
> association with underground dwellings is ancient, though perhaps not
> as prominent as Tolkein's use of the 19th century "barrow wight".
> I'm still trying to get started on the first Whorl book, but could
> Warren and Wight be from the neighborhood of one of those perpetually
> shaded places in the Whorl, where one might fear to enter a tunnel
> warren lest one encounter the wights who inhabit it?
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