NewsToTom, on 22 June 2011 - 08:54 PM, said:
Thanks for the reply. Reading your thoughts, I have a couple responses:
1) Stories of Kvothe are relatively well-known, even though the University isn't in Vintas. Princess Ariel's story could be similarly well-known, whether because of her presumed association with Kvothe or otherwise, even if she isn't Vintish.
2) You're right that barrows seem to be largely a Vintish phenomenon, but we know they're not exclusively Vintish. The one known barrow we've seen, in NOTW, was near Trebon. In a metaphorical sense, Kvothe's rescue of Denna after the Mauthen fire could've been a rescue of a princess from a sleeping barrow king. I'm not sure how much I believe this last part, but the existence of that barrow as an old imperial fort suggests there could be other barrows outside of Vintas.
I agree with 1. It's a fair point.
2. Is the one in NOTW a barrow?
"She continued to look at me expectantly. "And that means what, exactly?
Like he said, they found barrow stones."
"There aren't any barrows around here," I said. "People build barrows in
Vintas, where it's traditional, or in low, marshy places where you can't dig a
grave. We're probably five hundred miles away from a real barrow."
I walked closer to the farmhouse. "Besides, you don't use stones to build
barrows. Even if you did, you wouldn't use quarried, finished stone like this.
This was brought from a long ways off." I ran a hand over the smooth grey
stones of the wall. "Because someone wanted to build something that would
last. Something solid." I turned back to face Denna. "I think there's an old
hill fort buried here."
"But this is nowhere." She looked around aimlessly. "This is the outside
edge of nowhere. . . ."
"Now it is," I agreed. "But back when this was built?" I gestured to a
break in the trees to the north of the burned farmhouse. "Come over here
for a second. I want to look at something else."
Walking past the trees on the northern ridge of the hill gave a gorgeous
view of the surrounding countryside. The red and yellow of autumn leaves
were breathtaking. I could see a few houses and barns scattered about, surrounded
by golden fields, or pale green pieces of pasture with dots of white
sheep. I could see the stream where Denna and I had dandled our feet.
Looking north, I could see the bluffs Schiem had mentioned. The land
looked rougher there.
I nodded mostly to myself. "You can see thirty miles in every direction
here. The only hill with a better view is that one." I pointed to a tall hill obscuring
my view of the northern bluffs. "And that one practically comes to
a point. It's too narrow on top for any decent sized fortification."
She looked around thoughtfully, then nodded. "Fair enough, you've sold
me. There was a hill fort here. What now?" (NOTW 536-537).
What Kvothe says has the ring of truth. There is no barrow near Trebon. In any event my point was as much about draugar as about barrows themselves.
Oh and one more thing- the story that is told about Kvothe's Trebon adventures is the one about the draccus. The sleeping barrow kings is a different story. When Kvothe promises to tell Chronicler the truth behind the stories, well the adventures with Denna are the hidden part, the draccus the well known part.
Edited by Gaston de Foix, 23 June 2011 - 03:39 AM.