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Observations and resources

A few resources and observations for the day.


For Wimseyfen, the Wimsey fens: Denver is here


and you’ll want to poke about in adjacent squares.  Any Potterfen with East Anglian characters could do worse than to follow the link as well.  Village signs


of the sort shown


are primarily an East Anglian and, to a lesser extent, South-eastern


phenomenon, although they can occur in other areas.



For Potterfen, I offer the following observation.  Any number of authors – and, I imagine, readers – approach the Potterverse as if it were mediated by and through the works of Jack Lewis and of Tollers.  I would suggest that the appropriate kinship is to the worlds of Charles Williams and TH White.  Narnia and Arda are Faery.  Implicitly, and explicitly in, say, ‘Smith of Wootton Major’, JRRT and Lewis are concerned with the English abroad in Faery.  White and Williams, like JKR, limn Logres: Faery-in-England.


Whilst I am offering visual resources, here are some Somerset-nigh-to-Exmoor




(slopping over into Devon)


that may assist you in imagining and describing Godric’s Hollow.


All the possible Tinworths




Upper Flagleys



and Moulds in the Wold



are also worth dwelling upon, if not, for Muggles, in.


More, doubtless, anon.

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zanesfriend From: zanesfriend Date: September 7th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

What about. . .

"JRRT and Lewis are concerned with the English abroad in Faery. White and Williams, like JKR, limn Logres: Faery-in-England."

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah. Yes.

I shan't take refuge in quibbling over the trilogy's being by definition a 'space / science fiction' one, nor call THS Jack's Charles Williams fanfic (both of which arguments I have seen made). I wd suggest that in THS, it appears that Faery is beneath and under and in and over and permeating England, and not England only: viz Ransom's reproof to Dimble on that topic. That said, if there is an exception to my rule, THS is assuredly that exception. Well spotted.
zanesfriend From: zanesfriend Date: September 20th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Anent Denver. . .

IIRC, Mycroft Hall, the Holmes family seat, is somewhere in the same area.

Are we then, to assume that the Holmeses and the Wimseys are connected, as the local landed gentry do tend to marry each other.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 24th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

In theory, yes.

So long as we don't overdo it. I tend to keep fandoms discrete lest I inadvertently wonder into the fever swamps of Wold Newtonism.
zanesfriend From: zanesfriend Date: September 24th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: In theory, yes.

So, knowing that in canon Holmes had a French grandmother, you would not use your 'little grey cells' to speculate as to any possible BELGIAN relatives?
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