names & nouns

Weird Child, author unknown to me
Weird Child, author unknown to me

In this project's personal legend, Gondorla's name is the mould of all present texts as well as of those to come. The name stretches from Gond, a Hungarian philosophical journal, to Orla, a Polish vodka brand.

 

I have forgotten when the name Gondorla solidified in this form. Now it stands between me and what existed before, including its initial form as Gongorla. It's a name : I no longer think anything about it. In the same way, the names of people you know coincide with them. Their names by themselves are no longer common, or ridiculous, or out of the ordinary, or beautiful, or qualified by anything. They're the persons themselves.

 

Here are some of the threads that are still intertwined in this name, and correspond to the intuitions of this research. Such terms are just beneath the surface of Gondorla.

 

If you move around Gondorla, the following glossary works as a travel stipend [A coin (an obulus) that was inserted in the mouths of the dead to pay the ferryman Charon for passage of the river Styx.]

 


Gondal

 

* an imaginary island created by the young Emily and Anne Brontë, first mentioned in 1834 in their diary. This four-kingdom island in the North Pacific is supposedly covered with moors and snow, just like the literary family's  familiar part of Yorkshire.

* a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. "The imposing sites in the Gondal city are a visual delight not only to eyes but to soul as well",  a tourist guide says.


gond

 

[(FRENCH) = a hinge : a jointed or flexible device on which a door, lid, or other swinging part turns ]

 

Gondorla's elements are often connected panels.

 

'sortir de ses gonds' = 'to fly off the handle'

 

Also : a member of a Dravidian or pre-Dravidian people of Central India (see also Gondi and Gondwana)

 

More still : the title of a Hungarian philosophical journal. Because of the language, I have no first-hand access to this publication. Among other topics, it deals with Søren Kierkegaard, a nineteenth-century Danish philosopher. I am told Gond means care, concern, attention, or even snag or trouble.

 


Gondi

 

[A family from Florence, Italy, a branch of which settled in France in the early sixteenth century, as bankers in Lyon.]

An imaginary correspondance with one of Gondorla's analogies (the town house, and its twin, the country house). Gondorla would originally be a Gondi residence, and would've experienced the fate of similar homes : transformed, divided into apartments, rented by silk weavers (canuts) and people of all walks of life, recently restored in the historical district; or pulled down due to its insalubrity or insignificance in a period of urban renovation in the past two centuries.

 

An analogy nourished by abundantly available documentation on the mansions of Italian merchants during the Renaissance.

 

(Besides, the family took root in France and included Jean-François Paul de Gondi, 1613-79, a stylist and superior observer, known generally as Cardinal de Retz.)

 

The Gondis left their name to houses, parks (with 'Enchanted Isles' like the Isles of Scilly in The Pirates), palaces, vineyards etc.)

 

Also : Toxoplasma gondii, a common parasite which is transmitted through contact with cats, or when eating raw meat.


gondola/e

 

[a long narrow flat-bottomed boat with a high prow and stern used on the canals in Venice, Italy. ]

Another connection with Italy and the improbable lagoon city , both a shelter against, and a celebration of the sea. Gondolas navigate in shallow water between buildings. The Gondoliers, or, The King of Barataria (1889) is a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

 

(FRENCH)= display shelving [shelves designed for a better presentation and higher sales of self-service products ]

I don't think that Gondorla contains products in the usual sense, but it does refer to open access to its shelves.

 

[(FRENCH) gondoler = to warp : to turn or twist out of or as if out of shape; especially : to twist or bend out of a plane]

I have an endless fascination for the baroque, when it brings together apparently dissimilar elements united in movement and curved lines.

 

[(FRENCH) Se gondoler = to bend double ]

 

All these comments in Gondorla theory are to be taken with a pinch/grain of salt.

 

Also : a railroad car with no top, a flat bottom, and fixed sides that is used chiefly for hauling heavy bulk commodities; an often spherical airtight enclosure suspended from a balloon for carrying passengers or instruments; an enclosed car suspended from a cable and used for transporting passengers; especially : one used as a ski lift

More still : Gondole, the archaeological site of an enigmatic burial in Auvergne, Central France, where eight riders and their horses have laid since the first century BC (INRAP findings, 2009).

 


Gondor/ar

 

A city in Ethiopia, often fought over by various tribes and nations.

 

Also : a kingdom in The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) by J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien.

 


Gandar

  • (= Voyou = rascal) - A heroized bull, Biòu d’or 1955. Analogous to the agôn.

Gandar (1942-63), a Camargue bull, star of the Blatière manade. Survived on September 25th, 1950, when the cart which carried his group was hit by a railcar at a level crossing at Vauvert, Southern France. Wounded, Gandar lost his right horn, torn out in the collision. He wandered for one night, then was treated and recovered. His bravery was undented by the accident, it was reminiscent of that of legendary Sanglier. In his old age, suffering Gandar was put to death to relieve him by Charles Fidani a raseteur who had often confronted him in Camargue races. In memory of his bravery in the arena, Gandar's statue was erected at Vauvert.

  • Also : a wizard in Valkyrie Profile, a Japanese video game for Sony Play Station, in which a goddess gathers her fierce warriors before Ragnarök (the Scandinavian end of the world, with three successive dark winters, as in A Game of Thrones (1996) by George Raymond Richard Martin - GRRM). Gandar is cruel and ambitious, his advance leaves hundreds of corpses behind, his strength is unrivalled, he boasts never to have lost a single battle.
  • More still : an axle, in the Malay language.

 


Gondwana

 

[The continent of Gondwana consisted of South America, Madagascar, India, Australia, Tasmania, Sri Lanka, the Falklands and Antartica. Gondwana split about 240 million years ago, each continent gradually drifting to its present position. The most numerous population in the Northern Dravidian group, the Gonds, gave their name to Gondwana where they live.]

 

Gondorla appears as an archipelago of texts, and in its legend, as a single bloc before its dispersal.

 

Also : a Chilean reggae group.

 


Góngora

 

a Spanish family name which spread throughout the New World.

Luis de GÓNGORA Y ARGOTE (1561-1627), Spanish poet. Was investigated about the purity of his blood (see the 'Blaze' section in Salome Dispersed). Author of a Polifemo, about Cyclops' passionate life, a creature whose avatars watch over Gondorla.

[Gongorism (or cultism) a literary style characterized by studied obscurity and by the use of various ornate devices ]

In the legend, Góngora would be Gondorla's inverted analogue.

 

Also : various species of orchids identified in Latin as 'truncated', 'actress', 'parrot', 'Armenian', 'aromatic', 'most scented' or 'clown'.

 

More still : Rita Góngora, the "Chilean Billie Holiday", a jazz singer, whose very name delights me.

 


mandorla/e

 

[Italian : 'almond'; in religious art, almond-shaped aureole of light surrounding the entire figure of a holy person; it was used in Christian art usually for the figure of Christ and is also found in the art of Buddhism.]

 

Gondorla, through its second nature, woud be almond-shaped : the shape of the seed ready to sprout. Gondorla's invisible seed wouldn't/couldn't be written. It would wait for an apparition, which in itself is a proof of its deep naivety.

 

Almonds are also offered in sugar-coated form, an ancient symbol christianity has endorsed. After the ceremony, guests of the baptism will take home with them the fertile seed.

 

The word naturally sprouted in Tales of a Park.

 


Orla

 

Refers to a notion of edge, of limit, as in a hem.

 

A male or female first name.

 

Various places, rivers, etc. Among others, a river in Germany and Poland; a city in Poland where a baroque synagogue survived the Second World War, but was then converted into a warehouse, then into stables, before a foundation bought it.

 

A German silent film actress, Ressel Orla, who played in two Fritz Lang films I haven't seen : The Spiders and The Half-Caste (1919). The IMBD storyline reads : "The sportsman Kay Hoog ... has found a message in a bottle with a map ... about a treasure of an Inca lost civilization still alive. He decides to go to Peru to seek the gold. However, members of the secret criminal organization 'The Spiders' leaded by Lio Sha break in Kay's mansion during the night and steal the map."

The Spiders' aim is world domination.

 

Orla Boylan, an Irish specialist of cellular biology turned lyric, then dramatic, soprano.

 

More still : a vodka brand in Poland.

 

After a detail from The Brontë Sisters, by Branwell Brontë (c. 1834)
After a detail from The Brontë Sisters, by Branwell Brontë (c. 1834)

 

to the floor & wall treatment analogies

 

However, your brain may have turned to cervelle de canut (a Lyon, France, speciality with fromage blanc). If you do not wish to go through this ever again, there is a short cut for you : Gondorla subliminal.