Definitions and Sethra

Tue Mar 11 17:06:41 PST 2003

On Tue, 2003-03-11 at 19:28, Mark A Mandel wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, M J wrote:
> #I cannot for the life of me fit "Sethra Lavode" and "nymph" in the
> #same sentence without cracking the hell up.  Aren't nymphs supposed
> #to be a lot more... um... pastel-ish than The Dark Lady of Dzur
> #Mountain?
> Victorian. Like "fairies in the bottom of my garden". -- Hmm, OED
> citations show this implication, at least, back as far as Spenser,
> c1586.
> I suppose the ancient Greeks might have thought of some of those spirits
> as alluring, but I don't think the association is, as it were, built
> into the classic definition. Drop the word "nymph" and think of "oread"
> as meaning 'spirit of a mountain'.

Hmm... wouldn't Iceflame be the spirit of Dzur Mountain then?