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The Commentary for the Ethodius self-titled album...
( Ethodius is the name of two Scottish Kings, Ethodius I -164 A.D., and Ethodius II - 219 A.D.)
In the early stages of history man hunted the feral beast as a means of survival. Because of this, survival was man's primary thought and goal. As different civilizations developed, man developed differing systems of thought. With these differing systems of thought came different beliefs and the need to inflict some of those beliefs on others. This has created a lot of controversy concerning what is right and wrong. Ethodius highlights some of these controversies and accompanies them with experimental ambience.
The dialogue samples that are found after "At the Gate" are from the film Guinevere. Some are also from John Borrman's "Excalibur." They are for commentary purposes and may be considered ''fair use." An excerpt of the dialogue of the film "Guinevere" is as follows:
Merlin is sitting alongside with Guinevere by a river. They are discussing the illegitimate birth of King Arthur ...
Merlin speaks first:
"Arthur is a great warrior...charismatic.. but only an ordinarry man. I think, considering that he was Uthers son, I did a pretty good job."
Guinevere replies: "So the truth means nothing?"
Merlin answers her by saying: "The truth means a great deal. But nothing in this world is either black or white...to inspire the world to true nobility. One man or one woman make it possible for the rest of us to rise above what we thought we could do. One hero makes us all heros. One visionary can show us all the way to peace."
The Commentary concerning the illegitimate birth of King Arthur...
Merlin arranged for King Uther to spend a night with Lady Igrayne, the wife of The Duke of Cornwall. Was is it wise for Merlin to arrange this adulterous affair? There was a desperate need for a good king. Merlin and Guinevere discuss this early in the album.
As an extra note, the following song, "What Remains from the Past?" is a song dealing with past events that affect the present. People still deal with similar issues today.
The dialogue samples that are found in "A Noted Reunion Behind the Convent Walls of Santo Spirito" are from the mini-series "Brides of Christ." They are for commentary purposes and considered ''fair use." The commentary is as follows:
"A Noted Reunion Behind the Convent Walls of Santo Spirito" Shows Rosemary's rebellion when she had to recite the seven deadly sins in a catholic sisterhood as a form of punishment. As a result, she left the convent. Rosemary was forced to adhere to a dress code and to believe a certain way without questioning. This is an example of how people can not be made to do something against their will when they do not understand the reason.
The dialogue samples that are found in "Merlin Lives in Our Dreams Now; He Speaks to us From There" are from John Borrman's '"Excalibur." They are for commentary purposes and considered ''fair use." The commentary is as follows:
This is about "the unseen" or "the unconscious". The dialogue starts with King Uther saying "I dreampt of the Dragon."
Merlin replies, "I have awoken him. Can't you see all around you the Dragon's breath?"
You see, in this film, the Dragon is not actually shown, but represents the heart of Merlin's power. Merlin represents the unconscious. Unless one has seen and studied the script, it may be difficult to tell that Ethodius took the following dialogue from another scene of the film. It is from the scene where Merlin is teaching King Arthur an important thing he must know in order to be a good king. Merlin teaches Arthur, "You will be the land and the land will be you." King Arthur is frightened by the snakes and lizards he finds in the forest. Once again Merlin talks about the Dragon and says, "Its scales glisten in the bark of trees; its roar can be heard in the wind."
Arthur panics as if he is responsible and replies, "What can I?, What should I? What must I?"
Merlin's reply is simple, "Do nothing - sleep! Rest in the arms of the Dragon - dream."
By getting in touch with dreams one is able to get in touch with the unconscious part of the mind. This film gives examples of dream interpretation. For example, Lancelot felt guilty because of his strong attraction toward Queen Guinevere. At night he dreamed of a fight with himself and as he woke up, he found his own sword in his side.
Another important example and the one which ties in with the title of this track, is the one where Arthur frees Merlin who was frozen by a spell that Morgana put on him. On the night before King Arthur has to lead his army into battle against Mordred, Arthur dreams that he needs to have Merlin's assistance. Merlin is set free by Arthur's love and from that point on lives in the land of dreams, where his magic is accessible to all. Hic jacet Arthurus, Rex quondam, Rexque futurus. (Here lies Arthur, formerly king, and king to be.)
Excalibur can be ordered or purchased at most video retailers. Guinevere is not availible on video, but is sometimes shown on 'Romance Classics'. Brides of Christ may be ordered for $59.95 from the following retailer:
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