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I HATE THIS. so i'm looking for some kind of logic or something to my research. and i'm *just* realizing that there are no parallel lines when it comes to legend.

point: for the wild hunt, there's a variety of leaders that range from the legend to the supernatural. so there's a possibility for it to be a real character from history, or a god. or something.

point: in welsh mythology, gwynn ap nudd, god of the underworld, rides at the head of cwn anwnn, the hounds of anwnn. thus, the wild hunt = reaping souls for the underworld. which, basically true for ALL of the wild hunt mythos.

this is where it gets tricky. in irish myth, the head of the hunt is (maybe) fionn mac cumhaill, a real character from history who was the last leader of the Fianna, the standing army for the high king (peter! i mean, sorry. too much narnia in my life right now...).

OR. it's mannanan, son of lir (the sea god) who rides at the front of the Fairy cavalcade (marcradh shiodha). which, ok... i can deal with that and the tuatha de danann because faery = otherworld = underworld. fae = harbingers of death. yay! except where marcradh shiodha also means the children of lir, who were turned into swans in myth. um, swans =/= hellhounds. ever. i mean, in the legend? the children of lir die after 900 years. so the likelihood of them being the soul reapers... low. like not at all on the scale.

so, now i have to work around Sean O'Neill's Lear-esque death (heh, lir = lear, did you know?) and figure out how to get cwn anwnn to = marcradh shiodha. somehow.

also a wrench in the works: lir was fighting nuada (maybe) for rulership of the tuatha de danann (faery, otherworld, as you will). and nuada (airgetlam, thus aragorn, clearly. hahah) paralells with gwynn ap nudd's father (nudd llaw eraint).

huh.

so if tuatha de danann = gods made to live in the sidhe mounds (that is, leaders of the fae), sidhe (mounds) = tir na nog = otherworld = underworld, and lir = nudd, then mannanan = gwynn ap nudd atd the marcradh shiodha = cwn anwnn, because marcradh shiodha = fairy host = the sluagh. WIN. ok. so that took far too much interconnection to work, sure. but now it MAKES SENSE.


here's the current: bit )
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Title: The Road, Paved with Good Intentions
Prompt: mini-nano, "If you're going through hell, keep going." ~Winston Churchill
Verse: This Mortal Coil (Nano 09) Apocrypha

mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys... )
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Title: dead men tell no tales
Prompt: day 5 mini-nanowrimo, picture of jeans and feet on wet pavement
Verse: This Mortal Coil (Nano 09) Apocrypha

still i wouldn't have it any other way... )
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Title: Like a Sip of Sparkling Burgundy Brew
Prompt: mini_nanowrimo: The old moon is tarnished/with smoke of the flood/The dead leaves are varnished/with colour like blood. ~Sea Lullaby by Elinor Wylie
Verse: This Mortal Coil (NaNo 09), Apocrypha

sean o'neill, drunkard )
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Title: Her Hope Chest
Prompt: China (brigits_flame, November, Week 1)
Verse: This Mortal Coil (NaNo 09), Apocrypha

hope chest, glory box, dowry box )
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some untidy bullety thoughts about "this mortal coil" (which, hey, new nano = new tag, y/y?). don't mind me. it's mostly housekeeping anyway.
  • sean o'neill? is that just way too easy a name? i feel like a guy living in 16th century ireland, a victim of the 9 yrs war, should definitely have a more... authentic (? is that even the right word here? that's like a 'white' substitute for 'ethnic' isn't it?) or at least time appropriate name. maybe actual gaelic, not that anyone would be paying attention to that.
    • side note: this totally means, though, that for a portion of the novel i'll get to use all that research i did on irish gaelic for my old baby [livejournal.com profile] xsintrickx . YES. (totally not a plug for one of my boring old RP characters. i always feel as if i've shafted him somehow, even if he did get the happy i would strive for--fiancee, college degree, boats and dancing...)
  • so the beginning is all Braveheart-esque, followed up with a drunken 17th century King Lear type sendoff (crazy, collapses, dies) into the Wild Hunt (Ghost Riders in the Sky). FFwd to late 1800s, and we meet current hero(?) Joe Stoddard. (hah, average joe?) joe gets your typical western.
  • i'm almost entirely sure that sean will reappear as the voice: "cowboy, change your ways today, or with us you will ride trying to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies."
  • possibility for redemption?? for both, i mean.
  • did you know that a western is possibly the WORST worst choice of novel ever?
  • thinking of putting stoddard in the 1875 time period, disillusioned with the fight against the lakota. maybe some officers took advantage of the love of his life? rape and murder.
    • hey. no one liked pinkertons. besides, they got paid ridiculously and they must've been some mean sumbiches.

that's at least the start of my thinkiness. i have the vague notion. just not enough to write anything as yet. it may be because i'm dying of wisdom toothache right now that i can't think anymore.

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