[LMB] 5GU Avifauna

WalterStuartBushell proto at panix.com
Mon Jul 26 19:25:03 BST 2021

> On Jul 26, 2021, at 12:54 PM, Margaret Dean <margdean56 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Because I'm a birder and notice these things, the following from Chapter 5
> of The Assassins of Thasalon caught my eye:
> "If the terrified demon within her had owned a heart, Pen thought it would
> have been beating like a hummingbird's wings."
> I find this interesting because in our world, hummingbirds (of which there
> are over 300 species) are confined to the Western Hemisphere, i.e. the
> Americas and the Caribbean. Yet in the 5GU, Penric knows enough about them
> to use this simile, whether or not he's actually ever seen one. That
> wouldn't be possible for a 14th (?) Century European in our world.
> Another similar anomaly is the blue jay used as the Daughter's animal at a
> funeral in one of the books. There are various species of jay in our
> world's Eurasia, but they're mostly brown; it's in the Americas that you
> find jay species that are blue.
> --Margaret Dean
>  <margdean56 at gmail.com>

No problem. It’s a different world. There appears to be no Africa were humans appeared
So why shouldn’t there be hummers in Europe?

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