(urth) Names on the Whorl

David Stockhoff 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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