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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 782 ananda 01-Mar-04 22:44
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 174 Briffits 01-Mar-04 23:52
A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 170 ananda 02-Mar-04 01:58
Re: A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 146 Briffits 02-Mar-04 08:54
Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 162 ananda 02-Mar-04 13:24
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 150 javier 02-Mar-04 17:46
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 195 ananda 02-Mar-04 20:29
Lund is in Sweden, /t 250 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 171 ananda 02-Mar-04 21:47
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 235 Briffits 02-Mar-04 22:09
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 171 javier 03-Mar-04 12:04
Lund is in Sweden, n/t 140 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 152 Melusine 04-Mar-04 02:04
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 147 timewaster 04-Mar-04 03:29
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 153 ananda 04-Mar-04 12:52
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 164 Bent 04-Mar-04 16:43
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 133 ananda 04-Mar-04 17:03
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 158 Bent 04-Mar-04 17:14
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 192 ananda 04-Mar-04 18:09
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 238 Bent 04-Mar-04 18:22


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