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On Faith, Morgan, and the Otherworld

Finally I have a moment to write the post I intended last week, when I got distracted by autumn and maggots wriggling across my living room floor. (Thanks to my husband, the maggots are gone. But it’s still autumn! And I’m so glad, the weather is gorgeous here just now).

This post is partially covered by my answer to one of the discussion questions at the end of Dark Moon, but I wanted to cover it in a bit more detail here, too, because I’ve been hearing the question from readers and because it’s so near to my heart.

Essentially, I hear people wondering, What’s the deal with Morgan’s voice in the books? She narrates the prologues and has ‘coversations’ with Isolde. But is she real? Is she a ghost? A figment of Isolde’s imagination?

I don’t usually post about my own religious beliefs–I mean, I’m happy to talk if anyone asks or is curious, it just doesn’t usually come up–but since it’s kind of part of my answer to this question, I’ll explain that my own beliefs are those of the Baha’i Faith, which has at its heart the belief in the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion. The sixth century, when Dark Moon of Avalon is set, was a time of religious change in Britain, a time when the old nature-centered pagan beliefs were being absorbed into the new Christian faith. One of my favorite parts of writing the books was exploring the intersection of those beliefs, the ways in which the Christian and the pagan belief systems could be seen to worship a single unified Divine, albeit in very different ways.

Morgan, for me, represents the old pagan faith and the Celtic belief system in which the Otherworld was no far distant heaven up in the sky, but a place separated from our own world by the thinnest of veils. A cave, a lake, a river, all could be portals to this Otherworld. I think Isolde herself stands very much at the crossroads of the old ways and the new, and part of her journey through Twilight of Avalon and Dark Moon is to find her own faith system, to understand both the Christian and Pagan beliefs and see the wisdom in each.

So whether Morgan is part of the Celtic Otherworld or an answer to a more Christianized version of prayer, my answer to the question of, Is she real? is: She is absolutely very real to Isolde.

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One Response to “On Faith, Morgan, and the Otherworld”

  1. Sharon Bially Says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Anna, this is intriguing. I have yet to read Dark Moon (it is sitting on my “to read” pile, which thankfully is shorter than my “to do” list!)yet your mention here of God, religion, [Judeo]-Christian belief systems and “oneness” resonate as if I had! I’ve always found reading richer when these topics are folded in, even indirectly, to a story’s themes. Thanks for bringing a touch of wonder and spirituality to this mortally mundane, busy day, and for the link to the Baha’i Faith!



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