horse-books

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thunderkitt asked:

In book 3, it's off-handedly mentioned that Nita likes horse books and in book 4 she says she isn't fond of horses. Does she just have a fascination for what she dislikes or are there other reasons as to why she reads the horse books?

I suspect her situation could have been rather like mine when I was her age. Horse books are wonderfully idealized in some ways, and it’s easy to fall in love with them when you’ve never been closer to a horse than the nearest racetrack: either the human-POV ones (the whole “Wow, They Gave Me A Pony For Christmas” trope), or the horse-POV ones (Black Beauty and its many kindred works).

But when you actually come up against a real living breathing horse for the first time, you suddenly realize that there might be more going on than the books let on. The first horse that steps on you is a revelation. The first one that bites you, doubly so. And so forth. So it’s entirely possible to hold both positions…

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Endless list of favourite characters 

- Topthorn, Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo


Of all supporting characters I routed for the most, it was Topthorn. If you’re going to fall in love with him in the same way I did, read the book. The book was far more emotive and touching and raw than the movie, as beautiful as the cinematography was. Topthorn had me breaking my heart all the way to the last page and even long after Joey goes home, my thoughts remained with Topthorn. While everyone else put Joey in the spotlight, I glanced to the steady, brave black horse just in his shadow.

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In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Sleipnir is first mentioned in chapter 15 where the enthroned figure of High says that every day the Æsir ride across the bridge Bifröst, and provides a list of the Æsir’s horses. The list begins with Sleipnir: “best is Sleipnir, he is Odin’s, he has eight legs.” In chapter 41, High quotes the Grímnismál stanza that mentions Sleipnir. In chapter 42, Sleipnir’s origins are described. Gangleri (described earlier in the book as King Gylfi in disguise) asks High who the horse Sleipnir belongs to and what there is to tell about it. High expresses surprise in Gangleri’s lack of knowledge about Sleipnir and its origin. High tells a story set “right at the beginning of the gods’ settlement, when the gods established Midgard and built Val-Hall” about an unnamed builder who has offered to build a fortification for the gods in three seasons that will keep out invaders in exchange for the goddess Freyja, the sun, and the moon. After some debate, the gods agree to this, but place a number of restrictions on the builder, including that he must complete the work within three seasons with the help of no man. The builder makes a single request; that he may have help from his stallion Svaðilfari, and due to Loki’s influence, this is allowed. The stallion Svaðilfari performs twice the deeds of strength as the builder, and hauls enormous rocks to the surprise of the gods. The builder, with Svaðilfari, makes fast progress on the wall, and three days before the deadline of summer, the builder was nearly at the entrance to the fortification. The gods convene, and figured out who was responsible, resulting in a unanimous agreement that, along with most trouble, Loki was to blame.