Mythical Astronomy 1: Astronomy Explains the Legends of I&F May 29, 2016 19:31:00 GMT
Post by LmL on May 29, 2016 19:31:00 GMT
Actually, there are some myths which conflate venus and comets, such as the myth of Queztzalcoatl. He's an incarnation of Venus, but his return is heralded by a comet, and he's depicted as a plumed serpent, which is a depiction of a comet. And in ASOIAF, George has definitely shifted much of the Morningstar symbolism and mythology on the the comet and Lightbringer sword which parallels the comet. The reason for this is astronomy -Venus appears to shift from morningstar to evenstar because it's orbit is closer to the sun that earth's own. When a comet passes into the inner solar system, it does the same exact thing, appearing early in the evening while on one side of the sun respective to earth, and then on the other as it heads back out. I wrote a bunch about this exact thing in this essay.
wolfmaid7, good lord, did you really think I was unaware of the meaning of Venis and Lucifer? Wow. I have been writing about all of that for over a year. Lucifer is the Latin word for Venus in the morningstar position only - it was called Vesper in it's evenstar position. Lucifer also translates to "son of the morning," dawn-bringer," and "light-bringer" or "light-bearer." All of these ideas have been transposed on the swords and comets in ASOIAF.
voice, the lucifer character in ASOIAF is Azor Ahai. His hammer was a comet. It's not that hard. This idea is lurking around in literature - and he's certainly aware of Nevin's book. Martin is tapping into this mythos in a new and interesting way. Just as Thor's hammer drops lighting, the Hammer of the Waters and the "Storm God's thunderbolt" are the same thing. Thor is of course a storm god. Roberth Baratheon, an obvious parallel of Thor, descends from the Storm Kings, and has a prominent hammers. I could go on and on, but the point is the lighting - hammer connection is being worked into ASOIAF in myriad ways.