THE AVAESTHORÍA ("BOOK OF PATHS")

1.) Elvish word, meaning "erring lights" (literally) or "lights leading into error", commonly used for the phenomenon of the so called "will-o'-the-wisp".

2.) Title of the new edition of the "Book of Paths" (1651), given by the editor and king's archivist Artimidor Federkiel. Artimidor at the one hand interprets the Avaesthoría as lights which show the traveller the wrong way, e.g. in the swamps so that he will lose his path. As a philosopher Artimidor doesn't accept this meaning without questioning it entirely. He adds to his interpretation that the mentioned traveller mustn't necessarily follow the lights, but use them from another perspective as a hint on how to find the right way. Therefore the myths in the "Book of Paths" should help the reader to find his way in life by being confronted with wrong ways too and their consequences.

The Avaesthoría ("Book of Paths")

View picture in full size Picture description. The famous "Book of Paths", which was witten down for the first time at the 9th century after Santhros. Picture drawn by Erelen.

The myth of the "Book of Path" takes place at the time of approximately 200 a.S. and describes the adventures of Eyrin Fontramonn and Leander S'Ingvendar saving the world from the darkness of Coór spreading over Santharian lands. The epic story of "Avaesthoría" is divided in three books, the titles representing also a certain line of development, a progress from shadow to light:

In the preface to the new edition Artimidor also tries to find out the historical development of the "Book of Paths". The events described in the book take place 200 years after the ascencion of Santhros to the throne. Hundreds of years the contents of the book were just narrated from father to son, but in the 9th century they were written down for the first time. In the 13th century the book obviously was written anew by a very gifted writer (or several writers, which cannot be confirmed exactly), but not in mythological style but in the style of a novel - the most probable authors are Aglameran or Ciassian. It is also very likely that some philosophers worked on the texts too in order to reach the people with their teachings (e.g. Eyslin or Praetorius Rochus). Later on the texts were only modified by several individual writers. Most of these later additions Artimidor tries to remove in his new edition, because - due to the interpretation of Artimidor - they lead away from the main essence the myth tries to express.

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