The Plague at Athens; Deals with the ultimate constitution of the universe, which consists of infinite atoms moving in infinite space Introduction Introduction: Invocation to Venus, the creative power of Nature. Thou, goddess, thou dost turn to flight the winds and the clouds of heaven, thou at thy coming; for thee earth, the quaint artificer, puts forth her sweet-scented flowers; for thee the levels of ocean smile, and the sky, its anger past, gleams with spreading light.
The few data known about him are summarized by Jacob Grimm [n1 TM, pp. Simrock, Der ungenahte Rock oder Konig Orendelp. The whole tissue of the fable puts one in mind of the Odyssey: Yet many things take a different turn, more in German fashion, and incidents are added, such as the laying of a naked sword between the newly married couple, which the Greek story knows nothing of.
The hero's name is found even in OHG. But the Edda has another myth, which was alluded to in speaking of the stone in Thor's head. Groa is busy conning her magic spell, when Thorr, to requite her for the approaching cure, imparts the welcome news, that in coming from Jotunheim in the North he has carried her husband the bold Orvandill in a basket on his back, and he is sure to be home soon; he adds by way of token, that as Orvandil's toe had stuck out of the basket and got frozen, he broke it off and flung it at the sky, and made a star of it, which is called Orvandils-ta.
But Groa in her joy at the tidings forgot her spell, so the stone in the god's head never got loose Snorri's Skaldskap. Powell [n3 In his introduction to Elton's translation of Saxo, p.
The story of Orwandel the analogue of Orion the Hunter must be gathered chiefly from the prose Edda. He was a huntsman, big enough and brave enough to cope with giants.
He was the friend of Thor, the husband of Groa, the father of Swipdag, the enemy of the giant Coller and the monster Sela. Rydberg regards him and his kinsfolk as doublets of those three men of feats, Egil the archer, Weyland the smith, and Finn the harper, and these again doublets of the three primeval artists, the sons of Iwaldi, whose story is told in the prose Edda.
Apart from such wild notions as that the whole of Orion represented his toe [n4 R. Allen, Star Namesp. It is not his toe alone, however, which grants to Hamlet's father his cosmic background: Hail, Earendel, brightest of angels thou, sent to men upon this middle-earth!
Thou art the true refulgence of the sun, radiant above the stars, and from thyself illuminest for ever all the tides of time. Gollancz, Hamlet in Icelandp.
The experts disagree whether Earendel, here, points to Christ, or to Mary, and whether or not Venus as morning star is meant, an identification which offers itself, since ancient glosses render Earendel with "Jubar," [n7 O jubar, angelorum splendidissime. Heinzel, Uber das Gedicht von Konig Orendelp.
Gundel, De stellarum appellatione et religione Romanap. Scherer, Gestirnnamenpp. Gollancz abstains from precise identifications, but he procures the one more existing piece of evidence concerning the word Earendel: In Anglo-Saxon glosses "earendel".
And now the gleam of the true Sun, God himself, shall come [n10 Gollancz, p.THE SECRET DOCTRINE: THE SYNTHESIS OF SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY.
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