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I think Borges uses the name Runeberg for several reasons. One is intentionally ironic, in that Runeberg himself is the polar opposite of what his name represents. The idea of the rune conjures up Celtic nature myths, Druids, magic stones and rites, and even human sacrifice... but all natural, primitive, mysterious, sacred. The idea of berg as mountain images for us something of nature as part of earth, and for Borges it might or might not have been meant to remind us of something Jewish. In my case, I was thinking German, so that the name had an odd compound disparity to it... one Norse and Celtic, the other Germanic and Teutonic, yet both natural and connotative of something other than dry, sophistic, contentious theological debates or arguments.

I'll have more to say on this in a day or two when I get more time to suss the story out, along with some criticism.

Thanks for your comments. I look forward to more both from you and others as they get a chance to read Borges. He's marvelous, isn't he?

ananda

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Borges on Jesus and Judas 820 ananda 01-Mar-04 22:44
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 182 Briffits 01-Mar-04 23:52
A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 179 ananda 02-Mar-04 01:58
Re: A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 154 Briffits 02-Mar-04 08:54
Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 170 ananda 02-Mar-04 13:24
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 158 javier 02-Mar-04 17:46
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 203 ananda 02-Mar-04 20:29
Lund is in Sweden, /t 949 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 179 ananda 02-Mar-04 21:47
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 242 Briffits 02-Mar-04 22:09
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 180 javier 03-Mar-04 12:04
Lund is in Sweden, n/t 151 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 163 Melusine 04-Mar-04 02:04
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 157 timewaster 04-Mar-04 03:29
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 161 ananda 04-Mar-04 12:52
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 171 Bent 04-Mar-04 16:43
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 141 ananda 04-Mar-04 17:03
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 166 Bent 04-Mar-04 17:14
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 201 ananda 04-Mar-04 18:09
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 259 Bent 04-Mar-04 18:22


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