Off Armageddon Reef
Ensign Re-read wrote:
I'm quite sure that the hymn is somehow related to the theme of the book. MWW doesn't just pick these hymns "off the cuff". There is a purpose to the name.
I went ahead and googled the other book titles.
I didn't find anything for the first two books.
I did find one obscure reference for BHD: "By Heresies Distressed": Episcopal Bishopess Schori On Immigrationdavid at virtueonline.org david at virtueonline.org
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I don't see this as being a plausible link to the book title.
AMF was the only other one (besides HFaF) that had a plausible relationship to a hymn title:
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
" (German, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott) is the best known of Martin Luther's hymns. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Mighty_F ... Is_Our_God
that if there is a hymn "pattern" to the book titles, it's only for the last two books.
Still, it would be nice to know...
related to the central battle of that book. (The Battle of Darcos Sound was the climactic battle, but Darcos Sound was not as important as the Battle of Armageddon Reef.)By Schism Rent Asunder
comes from the hymn The Church's One Foundation
and refers to the rending of Safehold by the schism of the Church of Charis from the Church of God Awaiting.By Heresies Distressed
also comes from The Church's One Foundation
. (In fact, both titles come from the same line in the hymn:
Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping;
Their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song.
It refers, I think, to the treatment of Charisian "heretics" by the CoGA and also to the distress that the innovations and other "heresies" of Charis are causing to Safehold. Actually, Clyntahn is the source of the distress, but Charis is getting blamed for the trouble by the CoGA. (Alternately, with our author-eye view of the history of Safehold, we could charge the CoGA with heresy, but that's another discussion.) It also shows that the theme of book 2 is continued in book 3. One could also argue that the entire verse referred to in those two books is relevant, but I don't know that is the case.A Mighty Fortress
, the famous hymn by Luther, is clearly a reference to the protection that the walls of the ships of the Charisian Empire and its brave sailors and soldiers provide to the Charisian Empire.How Firm a Foundation
, in all likelihood, has a touchstone in the book, but I don't know what it might be, and I won't know until I can read the entire book.
I wish that First Space Lord Runsforcelery had given us a bit more explanation in his post. <smile>
Edited because I accidentally posted before I read and considered DW's post.