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[Earthsea] Of Names and Power
Beginning our summer book club
This week begins our summer book club on A Wizard of Earthsea. I’ll post a thread each Wednesday for discussion of that week’s chapter. We begin at the beginning, Chapter 1: Warriors in the Mist.
Two things that stood out to me:
We get three names for our protagonist in the first page—Sparrowhawk, Ged, and Duny.
I really liked this passage where Duny uses magic for the first time.
Duny laughed and shouted it out again, the rhyme that gave him power over the goats. They came closer, crowding and pushing round him. All at once he felt afraid of their thick, ridged horns and their strange eyes and their strange silence. He tried to get free of them and to run away. The goats ran with him keeping in a knot around him, and so they came charging down into the village at last, all the goats going huddled together as if a rope were pulled tight round them, and the boy in the midst of them weeping and bellowing. Villagers ran from their houses to swear at the goats and laugh at the boy.
There’s no power he can take over the goats without giving them some kind of hold on him.