Books, mythology, Philosophy

The Landscape of Myth…


When broken down into its constituent parts,

the story reveals itself to be,

perhaps, very much a ‘young man’s’ myth.


There are, though, tantalising hints

and clues to something much deeper

and ultimately more satisfying.


It is almost as though at some point

in its transmission the culture

responsible for its delivery

suffered a sort of collective amnesia

as to its salient points which then

became confused with less resonant concerns.


Or maybe that, too, is simply part of the riddle?


That the divine brew should here ‘cling

so tenaciously’ to the feminine

is curious to say the least.


Gunnlod’s initial situation is somewhat ‘Sybilline’?


As too, is the insistence on

a specific number and shape of receptacles

for the ‘heady liquid’.


Could this refer to a physical attribute for instance?


The cauldron and jars, along with the augur,

used to access the inner recesses of the mountain,

are, in the original story, all given names.


Is this designed to futher emphasise the personal nature of the quest?

6 thoughts on “The Landscape of Myth…”

  1. Hmmm, I know that somehow this goes with the story of the evil one. I think I got caught up in reading the story exactly as it was written and not asking questions such as “why was this giant “the evil one”? What was his sin which was judged before we even knew he was after the crocks of blood? There are probably other questions that should have equally come to mind. How did he know about the blood? Was it HIS blood or that of someone related to him? How did the farmer come to be in possession of the blood? How do we know that the farmer was not the evil one? And what would we consider evil? Hmmm . . .

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