Sometimes it feels like my books are connected. Like when I read a book that took place in Russia, and one of the children in it had the same name as a child in the next book I read, but that one took place in Iceland and the name (Nonni) was not a name to me and the kids were of opposite genders. That might be all they have in common, but in my head they’ll always be linked now.
I’ve just had a similar thing, but with music. There’s this song by Mugison I love, called “Ljósvíkingur”. My beginner’s Icelandic has been literally NO help in figuring out what the title is about and Google Translate was equally helpful (“”Light viking”? wtf?”).
“My name is Ólafur Kárason, and I call myself ‘Ljósvíkingur’ because when I was a small boy I often stood at a little bay called Ljósavík, and watched the birds.”
Ooooooh. I get it now. And now it’s unavoidable; I’ll always hum the song while thinking of the book.