bunn (bunn) wrote,

Verw nadan

I was re-reading The Other Wind yesterday.  In The Other Wind, it is revealed that long ago the people of Earthsea made an agreement, the Verw nadan, that they would divide into two peoples based on a choice.

Some of the people chose to keep the power to make new things and build wealth.  They renounced the Old Speech, the Langage of the Making and of magic, in which the true names of all things are made, and they gave up the power to fly on the wind, travel far and live long lives as dragons.  Those were the humans.

The other people, kept the ability to be dragons and speak the Old Speech, and to keep these things, they gave up the ability to make things and stories.

Now I am wondering which I would pick.
Tags: books, le guin

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