Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Kinds Of Beings

In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Season Of Mists (New York, 1992), nine kinds of beings are involved in the disposition of the key to Hell, although I think that the crowd scene on pp. 172-173 shows more. The nine can be classified as:

the Endless, created by Gaiman;
angels and demons, from Biblical mythology;
Norse, Egyptian and Japanese gods, from pagan mythologies;
Lords of Order and Chaos, from DC Comics mythology;
fairies, from European folklore.

The origin of fairies is uncertain. Years ago, I liked the suggestion, when I read it, that some angels who remained neutral during the War in Heaven neither remained angels nor became demons but instead became fairies - some myths account for others: the Olympians hid as animals in Egypt etc - but this is not how Gaiman presents fairies. Each of the kinds of beings retains its own autonomy and integrity. The Biblical God makes the final decision about the future of Hell but this is his prerogative since he created it.

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