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Is Kellus insane or not posted 26 August 2009 in The Judging EyeIs Kellus insane or not by Curethan, Didact

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If concurrently he believes that he is both divine and divinely appointed to save the world, when he is not (making an assumption here), then he is probably insane at least to a degree[/quote:ziw6cn2e]

That's my take on it, also. It has been a while since I read TTT, but I recall getting the impression that Kellus came to belive in his own divinity, which previously he had seen as false. That belief is what I think of as his madness. We can gather from Mimara seeing sorcery as damned that Kellhus is a false prophet on some level, so his deviation from knowing truth, which I would think he ought to pride as part of the Logos, is a sort of madness.
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Yeh, he could see his hand halos. Which only believers see.

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the 'what has come before' section of each book seems to be the thing we can use to gauge the 'authenticity' of each narrations beliefs. [/quote:ziw6cn2e]

While it does present itself that way, I take it to be of a part with the other errata, such as the map, glossary, and Achamian's chart from the first book: glimpses of Eärwa that give insight, but don't neccessarily represent "truth". For example, the glossary in TJE defines Moënghus as the son of Kellhus and Serwë, when we know that he is truly the son of Cnaiür and Serwë; the glossary cannot be trusted as fact, so I won't presume to take the "What has come before" section as fact, rather as a reminder of what seems to have happened.[/quote:ziw6cn2e]
Well, Moenghus is certainly more Kellhus' son than Cnaiur's in a world where reality is anchored via perception. The truth is only a lie made real in Earwa. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->
Alternatively, perhaps we can take the unspoken &quot;adopted&quot; as understood - the true sitution is heavily implied during TJE and, for some reason, the &quot;what has come before&quot; bit is appended to the main narrative - so new readers may enjoy guessing at his heritage if they read this series first.
If one can't trust even the prequel sysnopsis from the author we are not likely to ever make confident predictions, espescially if the author is being deliberatly ambiguous. Hmmmmmmmm.... I agree with you! view post


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