- Go tell it on the Mountain,
- over the Hills and Everywhere ...
But even before reflecting on second line, I searched for hills in the Psalms. Here is what I found:
- I have cried to the Lord with my voice:
- and he hath heard me from his holy hill.
And this is from Psalm III. Now, there are similarities between Absalom and Rabadash, notably both being sons of polygamous rulers, and both besetting someone who in a way reminds of Our Lord's anguish. In one case his own father. In another case Queen Susan. And each gets caught "on a hook", so to speak - with his hair or with his cloathes. Some reflections about the less than examplary Christian charity prevalent at King David's court in that particular moment may have become part and parcel of what we read much more cynically between Tisroc and Rabadash. On the other hand Rabadash got an easier deal than Absalon, in the end.
But between Mercury and mountains in Pagan myths? Well, here is French wikipedia on him:
Mercure est le fils de Jupiter et de la nymphe Maïa, fille de Atlas.
OK, if mythological Mercury is grandson of a mountain (Atlas), then the mountain and hill imagery in HHB someone fit. Even from a Pagan viewpoint.
H G Lundahl
day after previous article.