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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 1013 ananda 01-Mar-04 22:44
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 225 Briffits 01-Mar-04 23:52
A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 220 ananda 02-Mar-04 01:58
Re: A little on Runeberg and his "superfluous Judas" argument 200 Briffits 02-Mar-04 08:54
Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 234 ananda 02-Mar-04 13:24
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 209 javier 02-Mar-04 17:46
Re: Yes, Runeberg is a fictional creation 245 ananda 02-Mar-04 20:29
Lund is in Sweden, /t 1054 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 222 ananda 02-Mar-04 21:47
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 286 Briffits 02-Mar-04 22:09
Re: Lund is in Sweden, /t 224 javier 03-Mar-04 12:04
Lund is in Sweden, n/t 192 Briffits 02-Mar-04 20:38
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 228 Melusine 04-Mar-04 02:04
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 199 timewaster 04-Mar-04 03:29
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 209 ananda 04-Mar-04 12:52
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 215 Bent 04-Mar-04 16:43
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 186 ananda 04-Mar-04 17:03
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 210 Bent 04-Mar-04 17:14
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 245 ananda 04-Mar-04 18:09
Re: Borges on Jesus and Judas 372 Bent 04-Mar-04 18:22


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