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Im not sure exactly where to put this so Im just putting it here. Anyway.....
Any one think its weird that Horus is the god of light (or life, not entirly sure) and in 40k he/ it is pretty much the #1 enemy of the imperium?
I thought about this 'cause Im watchin' The Mummy Returns and the owls name is Horus.
Lucifer was a good guy once too. Guess what his name means? To bring light.
Sometimes when you name someone you can't exactly see what's going to happen in their future. I could name my daughter daisy and she could grow up to be hulking rugby player, which would just seem wrong. If only we could see our children's futures before we named them. :rolleyes:
Nope, I don't find it odd at all.
When you consider the mythology Horus (Egyptian) and Horus (40k) have no similarities besides the name, and the place as (eldest) son of the ruling god. Their basic characters (for Horus[40k] I am pretty much ignoring everything befor his "conversion") were different. Horus (Egyptian) was his father's avenger and had a part in his resurrection, while Horus (40k) was his father's betrayer and nemesis.
GW pretty much just grabbed a name that was familiar enough for people to recognise, while obscure enough that they had no preconceptions about the character so named.
Similarly, and mainly Primarchs:
Vulcan (God of the Forge)
Sanguinias (The Bloody One)
Luthor (Not a Primarch, but it comes from Luthor Pendragon who was King Arthur's father)
Jaghatai Khan (Chingis/Ghengis Khans grandson [I think grandson])
Corax (The Crow)
Ferrus Manus (The Iron Handed)
And so on.
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A lot of sci-fi series steal somewhat obsucre names from history and/or mythology for characters.
For example, in Battletech, Alexander Kerensky was the general who left the Inner Sphere with the Star League army, which eventually evolved into the Clans. In real life, Alexander Kerensky was the leader of the democratic faction in the Russian Civil War in the early 20th century. He, conincidentally, also fled Russia with the few followers he had left.
However, their descendents haven't returned with a race of super-warriors to try and reconquer Russia.
Burn the land and boil the sea. You can't take the sky from me.
Member of the Canadian Clan, eh.
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I find the oddest example of this primarch naming in Lion'el Jonson.
If you research 'Lionel Jonson' and 'The Dark Angel' you find this:
http://www.glbtq.com/literature/eng_lit2_19c,9.htmlNow you know what GW were getting at with the whole 'Dirty secret' of the Dark Angels.Johnson wrote what some consider his masterpiece, "The Dark Angel," rooted in anguish about his homosexuality
I'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned this before. It's true, a great deal of fantasy and science fiction take names that have a hidden meaning, which in the end becomes almost prophetic. Abaddon, for example, is a Hebrew name meaning "destroyer" or something similar. There's about four different spellings.
One possible explanation is the relation to the Eye of Horus and the symbol of the Sons of Horus. The Eye of Horus was meant to represent wisdom and forbidden knowledge. So, I guess there's some relation there, in that Horus gained some mysterious and apocalyptic insight that convinced him that the Emperor and the Imperium had to fall.
Horus wasn't directly the god of light and goodness. He had a specific pantheon...can't be knowledge alone, since that was Thoth. I'm not really sure.
On the subject of meaningful names, Logan Grimnar - possibly a tribute to Wolverine.
Edit:Ba-hahahahahahaha. The symbolism is astounding.Originally Posted by Addoran
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