Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Recently, I started rereading the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett for the third or fourth time and as my mind began to wander a bit - as it tends to - I began wondering who would fill the roles of these fantastic characters if there were ever a movie to be made. To be honest, I don't think Hollywood would do justice to these novels, but that is a post for another day.

In any event, I fell in love with this series back in college when I didn't quite have the mind to handle all that was written and so missed large chunks of what was really happening. In truth, I was still quite immature when it came to the world, and of history, therefore unable to grasp many of the classical allegories or historical references heavy with meaning and foreshadowing. Furthermore, Dorothy Dunnett was a master of nuance and subtlety and was as mighty as Titian when it came to drawing her readers into a scene. It's taken me another reading of her novels to get a bigger picture and solve more of the puzzle, but I find that each time I start reading any one of the six books again, things start to swim into view. 

Trolling through the internet a few years ago, I came across a couple places where Lymond discussions were taking place, but by then and still now, none of them are active. Many of them provided insights to things I had failed to see and were a great enjoyment to me, but I've always wished for more. And so here is my attempt to provide me and anyone else who is interested in an opportunity to share and discuss Dunnett's great masterpiece. 

I am by no means an expert on this series and am not setting up this blog as a means to broadcast my 'truth', but more as a way for others who have found much to love in these novels to discuss them. Interpretations others might have are most welcome and in some cases will be greatly appreciated, as there are many things to miss.

To start, I'm going back to The Game of Kings where we are first introduced to our tragic hero in the dangerous world of 16th century Scotland and with any luck, I will be able to draw other fans of Dorothy Dunnett and the Lymond Chronicles here as a we follow Francis Crawford of Lymond through his many journeys.


Anonymous said...

I was excited to come across your blog this morning. I too 'discovered' Lymond in college and have since reread the books many times. I pick up something new with each reading. Looking forward to your posts.

ninedin said...

That is a really, really lovely blog! I am so very happy to have come across it!