[LMB] 5GU Avifauna

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jul 26 22:14:32 BST 2021

On Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:54:32 -0600, Margaret Dean <margdean56 at gmail.com>

>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.

Even the brown ones have some blue.

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