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An Opinion on Mhoram
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cord Hurn wrote:
In Chapter 2 of The Power That Preserves was wrote:
But Mhoram had learned that the very thing which made Kevin's Lore powerful for good also made it powerful for ill. If Kevin son of Loric had not had that particular capacity for power, he would not have been able to Desecrate the Land
...


This mindset that Mhoram is in at the beginning of TPTP is the closest he ever comes to losing his way. And even here, it's because he uses an excess of caution rather than an excess of passion.


I don't see Mhoram as having lost his way, only that his powers as seer and oracle have changed.
As a matter of fact he appears to be practicing dharana
- sanskrit for 'concentration'.
Gaining knowledge through the art of dhyana is a logical step.

Quote:
[Bannor had explained Elena's last anundivian yajna work]
... in unaccustomed detail. His habitual
Bloodguard reticence had given way almost to prolixity; and the
fullness of his description had led circuitously to the great
change in Mhoram's own life. By a curious logic of its own, it had
put an end to the High Lord's power of prevision.
He was no longer seer and oracle to the Council of Lords. Because
of what he had learned, he caught no more glimpses of the future in
dreams, read no more hints of distant happenings in the dance of
the fire. The secret knowledge which he had gained so intuitively
from the marrowmeld sculpture had blinded the eyes of his
prescience.


Its very interesting that the common dharana practice of staring into a candle flame
is replaced (in Stephen Donaldson's world) by a marrowmeld sculpture.
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