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Hodgson's 'The Night Land' - Dimensions of the Great and Lesser Redoubts

Hodgson's 'The Night Land' - Dimensions of the Great and Lesser Redoubts

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The Great & Lesser Redoubts: Dimensions This is something I've been wanting to do for ages - for one thing, to get

a visual of the shape of the pyramids in William Hope Hodgson's ‘The Night Land’. Were they blunt in height like the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt? Or tall and skinny like the Transamerica building in San Francisco? It's important to me because it makes a difference in how I depict them when I create illustrations for the novel. The top pyramids show the relative scale difference between the Great Redoubt (or Pyramid) and the Lesser Redoubt (or Pyramid). While reading the novel, I never pictured the drastic difference in scale between the two pyramids! Wow! The bottom pyramid (which has my notes and calculations around it) roughly diagrams the full extent of the Great Redoubt, both the above-ground tip and the manytimes-larger underground continuation of the pyramid. I've been scrutinizing the novel's text for months now, gathering citations on a wide range of places and things, and from the cited text have pulled together a growing body of fairly accurate statements of all that is known of those places and things as offered in the only source I know of – except ‘The Dream of X’, which will have to come later. I wanted to get as close as possible to the ‘doctrine’; derived from the novel – to separate extrapolation from what is actually described. Speculation is still included in my work, but it is very carefully labeled as such to differentiate it from what Hodgson actually describes, many instances of which necessarily leave the reader to put the pieces together to visualize the place or thing. As I get farther along, I'll begin to compile the descriptions into a sort of lexicon. The diagram is a rough-out, obviously, not a polished work.

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