Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Sealand. Major eastern landmass of what is now Denmark; part of an archipelago separating the Baltic Sea from the Cattegat channel. A Sealand fjord is the birthplace of Norna Gest, the immortal hero of The Cimbrians and rediscoverer of the technological rudiments of seafaring. The development of sailing ships allows Gest’s family to colonize Sweden before he embarks on a world-encompassing odyssey in search of the Land of the Dead.
Migration routes. Gest’s fellows institute a great Stone Age migration, crossing the Baltic and penetrating the heart of continental Europe, then proceeding across Asia, eventually moving across the land bridge, where the Bering Strait now is, into the Americas (where Gest is long remembered in Tenochtitlán as Quetzalcoatl). Some move south from Asia into the South Seas, while others meet up again with the descendants of the Forest Folk who have remained in southern Europe, Asia Minor, and Africa all the while. Further waves of migration continually reiterate the elements of this pattern, including the one taking place in the early centuries of the Common Era, which brings Christophorus and the Longobards southward from the Gothic homeland in the first part of Christopher Columbus.
*Jutland. Continental part of Denmark, to which Gest frequently returns as a scald. Cimberland, the doomed heartland of the pagan culture featured in the second part of The Cimbrians, is a hilly tableland in the northern region, bounded by the Limfjord.
*Rome. Center of the Mediterranean empire disrupted by the descendants of the displaced Cimbrians and the allies they make on their trek through Gaul. Rome’s slave-market, through which the women of the defeated Cimbrians are sold, becomes the principal conduit by which the spirit of the north reinfects the world formulated by the descendants of the ancient Forest Folk. In the garden of the sculptor Cheiron, beside the river Tiber, Vedis is immortalized in her own way.
*St. George’s Church. Church in Palos, Spain, in which a service is held in August, 1492, for the crews of the three departing ships commanded by the eponymous hero of Christopher Columbus. Its appearance is momentary, but carries tremendous symbolic significance because the preceding section of the narrative has established a key metaphor by which the architectural design of actual churches, and the Roman Catholic Church as an institution, recapitulate the image of a ship akin to that which carried Norna Gest away from Sealand and began the first great migration.
*Santa Maria. Columbus’s flagship, whose actual historical significance is further increased by its symbolic identification with the Church–an association which permits Columbus’s arrival in the Americas to broaden out almost immediately into a wide-ranging synoptic account of the European colonization of the continent. The Santa Maria continues as a phantom; her course intersects that of the HMS Beagle–the ship that centuries later carries Charles Darwin on his epoch-making journey of discovery to the Americas–en route to the stars.