I'm still trying to decide what exactly I want to say about hrethgir, so for today let's go with
Some hack on p.67 of PoD wrote:Now he recognized the balding Whitmore bludd, a man with a purple birthmark on his forehead. He was one of the most capable fighters in the history of Ginaz. Duncan Idaho had studied under him, and Bludd had served as a ronin for House Ecaz for many years....
That caught my eye last night. Because it's just wrong.
Wondering if they had redefined the word in earlier books (like the House ones, where this character first appears), I did a search. Came up only with this, from the Legends:
Same hack in The Machine Crusade wrote:The most extraordinary of all mercenaries wore a white combat suit—sleeveless, with trousers to the knees—an outfit that offered no armor but permitted him full range of movement. A black bandana encircled his head, tied in the manner of the ancient ronin fighters of Old Earth. Though he cared little about impressing the ever-present onlookers, Noret wore the white suit so that they could observe his progress up the sheer rock face.
Doesn't appear they've redefined it, then.
I gotta tell you, I have NO IDEA what the fuck they're on about here. In either passage, actually.
First off, a ronin
(more properly rounin
) is "(in feudal Japan) a wandering samurai who had no lord or master
." So a ronin wasn't a different type of fighter like a ninja or something, only one who was out of a job and looking for a new one
. (Maybe interesting side note: Young people who fail to get into their first university of choice and decide to wait a year and try again are commonly referred to as ronin, and they count the years they spend waiting as ichi-rou
, etc. I used to know a guy who got up to roku-rou
on his parents' tab. He was a bum.
) So it makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE WHATSOEVER to refer to Bludd as a ronin for House Ecaz. It's just wrong and they obviously didn't bother checking into it at all.
As for the Legends reference, no idea what they're talking about there with the bandana, either. No doubt you've all seen pictures of samurai and how they wore their hair. They shaved the middle of the top of their head and pulled the remaining hair (grown long) into a ponytail at the back which was then tied and laid on top. Wearing their hair in that style (chon-mage
) was a privilege that came with being a retainer in someone's employ. Ronin were not entitled to do so and looked more like this:
I'm guessing they got mixed up with the gi
of some other martial art like karate or judo. After all, they all look the same
(Hontô-ni atama ni kuru yo, konna baka-na machigai.
= This sort of stupid mistake really burns me up!
"Let the dead give water to the dead. As for me, it's NO MORE FUCKING TEARS!"