DCML Digest 27

ZeldasTriforce@aol.com ZeldasTriforce at aol.com
Sun Sep 26 06:29:14 CEST 2004

Don Rosa said:
I was trying to be subtle. Too subtle apparently?
Yes, that was Vainamoinen. Didn't you notice anything odd about the 
stone wall around his home? There was no gate. No exit. He was 
imprisoned there and had been perhaps since he was last released in the 
days of yore. Only the playing of his Harp released him and he appeared 
on the bronze boat.

Not too subtle. But it could have had more than one interpretation, which is 
why I asked what you intended for the story. Though looking back on what you 
said about the stone wall, etc. it does make it clear that the Old Man is and 
was intended to be Vainemoinen.

Don Rosa said:
I don't follow you. How is Louhi more of a normal human than either 
Vainemoinen version? They are all normal-looking in the sense that they 
have no supernatural physical features other than fierce expressions and 
wild hair. I wasn't aware that Louhi changed her appearance in the story 
as did the Old Man somehwat when he appears as Vainemoinen.
You say you thought the Old Man represented Louhi? But I clearly show 
Louhi begging on the streets of Helsinki at the same time $crooge is 
meeting the Old Man out in the country. And Louhi is plainly evil while 
the Old Man is clearly a good guy. Eh?

Whoa there! A bit of miscommunication here. I meant that the frozen Louhi and 
the Old Man were counterparts in terms of being weakened 'versions' of their 
former selves, Louhi during the old days and Vainemoinen. Not that the Old Man 
was meant to be Louhi. So disregard all that, I didn't think the Old Man was 
evil or Louhi in any form at all. As for Louhi changing appearance, I guess 
she didn't really. I guess I meant change for Louhi in terms of power, rather 
than appearance (being frozen, not much power, being summoned by the harp- back 
to her former power). At any rate, thanks for answering the question and I'll 
try to be clearer in the future.

And congratulations on the book-signing record. :)

Derek Smith
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