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Posted October 8
Varys, please define what you mean by democracy.
Posted October 7
Edited October 7 by Nabarg
On 11/8/2018 at 4:52 PM, Lord Varys said:
The word ”conversion” does not always refer to the changing of the formal membership of a religion, but the change from a “worldly” to a religious life. This may be used more often among evangelical protestants, but catholics sometimes does it to; I have seen biographies of StFrancis and Ignatius of Loyola refer to their religious awakenings as “conversion”.
“Democracy” may mean a lot of things. If it means that humanity is the source of ultimate authority, it is irreconcilable with the abrahamite religions (and also hinduism, cofusianism etc). If it just means that free elections is the best way to appoint public officials of various kinds there is no problem at all. If there is something in between, it may vary with religion and individual.
Posted June 1
In Westeros, there may exist plants that doesn’t exist in our world from which it is easy to extract black dyes in plenty. One of the advantages of fantasy relative to historical fiction.
Posted April 22
Gene Wolfe on the other hand feels like he belongs in the magian civilization.
More, better, bigger, faster, and the self made businessman growing ever richer certainly sounds Faustian. And golden age science fiction seems like a very Faustian kind of literature.
Thanks for the explanation, Marquis. The name magian makes it sound as if the origins where in Zoroastrian Persia, but Spengler thinks it was a offshoot of the appolonian? Was Persian civilization a totally different one?
Posted April 21
I get what you (or rather Spengler) mean by labeling the western civilization “faustian”. Could you, if it is not to bothersome, describe what characterized some of the others like the “appolonian”, “magian” and some more. I now this is not real historical science, but this kind of thing really stimulates the epic fantasy reader (maps and appendix) in me.
Posted March 24
But it was no ordinary novel, it was......
Posted February 11
Then I guess you think Robin Hobb is grimdark to? Blood Song was less dark than the Farseer trilogy.
If you are referring to Blood Song, I don’t think Ryan was grimdark at all.
Posted February 10
Giants all the way down...
I think it is wrong to consider Geralt of Rivia a peasants hero. You may as well claim the knights templars (in our real world) as peasants.
Posted January 16
As l asked earlier: how is elves defined? Do they have to be called elves? If not, where is the line drawn between elves and non-elves?
Posted January 6
How central does the elves have to be to the story in order for it to focus on elves? And what is the definition of elves? Do they have to be called elves. What about Sithi? Or Tiste?
Posted November 21, 2018
Toll the Hounds is my favorite, so I guess I am one of the divisive guys. Even more divisive, Deadhouse Gates is the one I like least (but if you take away the first karsaorlongcentric fourth of House of Chains, that would be the one I like least).
Posted November 15, 2018
The Patriarchy was not restored after the October revolution, but simultaneously to it. After the February revolution, when the church got the tsar of its back, it began the process of restoring the Patriarchy. The Patriarch (a bishop from Alaska, by the way) was elected during October, possibly on the same days as Lenin’s putsch. When that Patriarch died in the twenties, the Bolsheviks denied an election of a new Patriarch. Stalin then brought Patriarchy back after being attacked by Germany, as a means of bolstering patriotism.