[LMB] Son of Autumn, was analogy: Quintarians are to Quadrenes as Betans are to Barrayarans

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Fri Sep 18 00:35:46 BST 2015



> Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:34:49 -0400
> From: sylviamcivers at gmail.com
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] Son of Autumn, was analogy: Quintarians are to Quadrenes as Betans are to Barrayarans
> 
> On Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM, Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com> wrote:
> 
> >
> > As for Fafa's owner, that is a name I will NOT forget in a hurry. Jokol
> > SKullsplitter! Partly because of the big volcano (Jokul in Icelandic) in
> > Iceland in our own world that stopped air traffic for several days. And
> > partly because of the lovely subversion of the meaning of a standard Viking
> > nickname.
> >
> 
> What nickname? What name?
> 
> Sylvia

Skullsplitter - a lot of Vikings had nicknames like that, indicating what fierce warriors they were. For our poet-prince-pirate to earn it for the number of sagas he had memorized is a very neat subversion of that trope.

And "Jokol" is *very* close to the Icelandic word for Volcano. 
 		 	   		  


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