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27 December 2010 @ 11:08 pm
Book Meme  
Grabbed from artistbettyanne :

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

As it happens, I keep two stacks of books on my desk flanking my computer. Most of them might be considered "cool' or "intellectual," or at least "nerdy" and long. I'll take one from each stack since they're about equidistant from me. So taking from the top of the stack to my left, I have the Poetic Edda. On page 123 is the beginning of the Poem of Helgi Hiorvardsson and the fifth sentence is the end of the translator's introduction and we don't get to the poem proper for a couple paragraphs:

The flyting between Atli and Hrimgerd have no relevance to the plot and the vow of Hedin has no tragic consequences-- he simply acquires his half-brother's bride after his death.

About Hiorvard and Sigrlinn: Hiorvard was the name of a king. He had four wives. One was named Alfhild, their son was Hedin; the second was called Saereid, their son was called Humlung; the third was called Sinriod, their son was Hymling.

To my right, I have Geoffrey of Monmouth's "The History of the Kings of Britain." On page 123, we've gotten to about the time of Claudius's reign as Roman Emperor or a little later and the fifth sentence is a description of some king or other named Marius, son of Arvirargus.:

He was a man of great prudence and wisdom. A little later on in his reign a certain King of the Picts named Sodric camed from Scythia with a large fleet and landed in the northern part of Britain which is called Albany. He began to ravage Marius' lands. Marius thereupon collected his men together and marched to meet Sodric.

I'm not reading either of these books at the moment. I just keep them there, along with "The Count of Monte Cristo," the Gormenghast trilogy (which I will finish some day), Ovid's Metamorphoses, "Moby Dick," and several others. I ran out of bookshelf space a while back.
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