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Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2003 13:22:19 -0700
From: Don Palumbo 
Subject: Re: (urth) Duh! Part 2.

Just dipping in for a moment, but Typhon and Baldanders are the same
person thematically,
as Crush suggests, in that they are both the two clearest representatives of the Ogre-Tyrant of the status quo that it is the task of the hero as warrior to overthrow.  This comes from Campbell's THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, of course, and The Book of the New Sun overall (and echoed in Urth of the New Sun) is clearly Wolfe's treatment of Campbell's monomyth, the adventure of the hero, just as the Book of the Log Sun in itself is his treatment of the generational star ship story.


At 10:19 PM 9/6/03 -0500, James Wynn wrote:
Teflon and Blattid agree:
> >Interesting question.  I tend to think Typhon and Baldanders (rather than
> >Abaia, who is unseen).
> That is my belief, too.

oookay. This will surely be good. While both T. and B. are cast from their
towers by Severian, how oh how are they the same person? Or do you mean only

I'm still working my way thru the Short Sun; is there any explanation of
what happened to Typhon's kids? Skylla presumably became the famous monster
tyrant of Urth. If Tartaros has a identity on Urth it is surely Erebus. What
happened to Hieros?

 -- Crush.

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