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Thread #37841   Message #529918
Posted By: Lin in Kansas
17-Aug-01 - 01:24 AM
Thread Name: Need Info: Seventh son of a seventh son
Subject: RE: BS: Seventh son of a seventh son
Lots of interesting interpretations around, many of which are mentioned above: Orson Scott Card, Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, etc.

The "7th son" is also mentioned a lot in the old fairy tales, such as Grimm's. Usually the young man succeeded in whatever quest he was on because his luck, magical powers, and/or charm were phenomenal (due to his being a 7th son, of course). Grimm's is German, but for some reason I always thought of the 7th son tradition being Celtic-based?

Sorry McPiper, but I don't recall anything that would imply that being a 7th son is less than wonderful. You may just have to gag your co-worker!