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The "Sacred King" concept in Lammas Night
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:18:56 PM »
So I have long loved this book; it's probably my favorite of KK's works outside the Deryni-verse.  I re-read it recently (snapped up the e-book edition when it was on sale in October), and then the winter holiday season came along and I was reminded of first two lines of the fifth verse of "We Three Kings," which is as follows:

"Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and sacrifice."

Gray speaks of Jesus being one of the possible examples of a sacred king sacrificed for the good of the land/the people several times in Lammas Night, and I wonder if this particular bit of Christmas-song-lyric was at least in the back of KK's mind when she wrote the novel.

"If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."

James Herriot (James Alfred "Alfie" Wight), when a human client asked him if animals have souls.  (I don't remember in which book the story originally appeared.)

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Re: The "Sacred King" concept in Lammas Night
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018, 11:37:26 PM »
Christian beliefs and legends had spread through the Pagan world for over a millennia before we have any records. While researching for my Arthurian game, I was constantly amused to cross the claim of Arthurian stories and heroes having been snurched from the Irish Fianna - despite the Irish heroes fighting the Fomorians, who seem to be Danish: and the Danes didn't hit Ireland for some 4 centuries after Arthur.

There's a similar situation with the Norse legends: the Eddas have a genealogy of the gods tracing back to Noah via the Trojans, and include a hymn of praise to the Christian trinity.

So I imagine that the Sacrificed King in Europe is simply a garbled version of the story of Jesus. Certainly the Fisher King in Arthur is; the names of the characters involved indicates a Greek basis to the legends.

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Re: The "Sacred King" concept in Lammas Night
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 11:03:15 PM »
The fourth verse is pretty grime, too, and leading into those first lines of the fifth it makes me wonder. Myrrh was used in Egyptian mummification, and was found in the grave goods of several tombs.

4. Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
    Breathes a life of gathering gloom;ó
               Sorrowing, sighing,
               Bleeding, dying,
    Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
5. Glorious now behold Him arise,
    King, and God, and Sacrifice;
    Heavín sings Hallelujah:
    Hallelujah the earth replies.


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