There are two things I have a problem with about the editors' note accompanying this story in The First Heroes.
First, the editors state that it takes place in Orkney. Going from the geographical clues in the story itself, it seems to take place in Shetland. The characters repeatedly refer to their home as the Western Isle, which seems to refer to the Shetland Mainland - this island is further west than most of the others, and has the lion's share of Shetland land area. To the south of the Western Isle is another archipelago, the Small South Isles, a description which would suit Orkney (being somewhat smaller than Shetland), before we get to the Great Isle, i.e. Scotland/Britain.
- Since the story focuses on the Orkney Sheep explicitly, go with Orkney. TR (talk) 16:41, November 24, 2018 (UTC)
Second, the editors state that the Hekla eruption in this story is taking place in 1160 BC. Wikipedia's lists of Hekla eruptions put one between 1000 and 950 BC, but none for at least ten centuries before that.
- The editors say that the eruption took place sometime around 1160 BC. Bounce around the internet a bit, you learn that the scientists actually range it quite a bit. See the 12 century BC page: that lists it at 1159 BC. TR (talk) 16:41, November 24, 2018 (UTC)
So, which is it? Did the editors screw up on the islands and the date? Does Frankos have access to a different source than Wikipedia? Or is there something else going on?Matthew Babe Stevenson (talk) 08:48, November 24, 2018 (UTC)
- I am having more and more difficulty in trusting Wikipedia as a source of inconsistencies. Of course Frankos has better sources than Wikipedia. She would have done some deeper research than that, likely including the original papers on the volcanic eruption. ML4E (talk) 17:07, November 24, 2018 (UTC)
- Look gang it was Mr. Whithers in a mask all along. "And I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for You Meddling Kids!" ML4E (talk) 17:07, November 24, 2018 (UTC)