From: "Robert Borski"
Subject: (urth) Cim Glowing Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 12:29:07 -0500 More "Tracking Song" thoughts, this time on Cim Glowing. Though he risks his life to save Cim Glowing, Cutthroat may be making a signally bad choice, since she is clearly allied against him. Cim Glowing, as you will recall, is kidnapped by the minions of Mantru--the fat dwarf who rules the underworld metal city and who Dis-like wants a Persephone bride. If you accept that Mantru is Cutthroat's symbolic twin, this may make Cim Glowing Awan (Hebrew for "wickedness")--the woman who, according to Biblical tradition, is not only Cain's sister, but his wife. Notice too how Cutthroat chooses "Wickedness" over continuing to chase after the Great Sleigh. Cim Glowing has killed her previous boyfriend not once, but twice, implying perhaps a cyclical event. It's therefore hard not to see Fishcatcher as the Fisher King, and the snowbound world/postlapsarian Eden as the Wounded Land. (Notice also how Fishcatcher is brought back to life by Great Sleigh technology--the same technology that is attempting to bring spring to the Wounded Land.) The father of Cim Glowing originally wanted to call her Seven Snows--potent winter imagery to be sure--but her mother has named her Cim Glowing when pops is away at parturition. "Cim" may refer to Cimmerian (darkness) and "Glowing" to remnant radiation. Possible implication: nuclear winter has decimated the planet of the animal tribes. Cin Glowing also believes she will not be allowed to board the Great Sleigh, which makes sense since she represents winter/death and the Great Sleigh represents spring/renewal. But more insidiously still she attempts to convince Cutthroat that he is not a left-behind member of the snowcraft. Here she is indeed "wicked"--attempting to stop Cutthroat (who as a former tiller of the soil understands the nature of a killing frost) from rendezvousing with his people. Equally possible: she loves Cutthroat (indeed, she says she does when she leaves him), but knows the two of them can never be together if he achieves his goal. Not that it matters. In the end, Cim Glowing elects to go her own way--perhaps because unlike Cutthroat she understands that winged guardians will not allow her to board the redemption-bringing, planet-saving, Great Sleigh. Robert Borski --