Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Arthur And Merlin
Tolkien wrote not a novel incorporating Arthur or Merlin but a poem in modern English though in ancient style:
"Time is changing;
"the West waning, a wind rising
"in the waxing East. The world falters.
"New tides are running in the narrow waters." (p. 32)
This rhythm recalled to my mind Gaiman's competition between Dream and Choronzon (although I am now less sure of the similarity):
Dream: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.
Choronzon: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing. (etc)
- Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Preludes And Nocturnes (New York, 1991), p. 123.