Option 1: What is hrönir?
Based on the conceptual scheme adopted by the fictional Tlön, hrönir are products of a world in which objects take a “poetic” form. Without nouns, the hypothetical people of Tlön described the world through its state of being in relation to the human experience, gaining their importance from interaction with human perception. Thus, hrönir occur when objects are lost. Once an object is no longer within human perception, its physical form may be missing, but its poetic being is not lost. Thus, this conceptual scheme invents a new physical form to explain its return. This provides a very human-centric view of the world. As objects are lost and escape the view of human consciousness, they are no longer real. Upon their return these objects are changed, having been devoid of the human connection. For example, if a bird in the sky disappears behind a tree or mountain, and later a similar bird is seen flying back through the sky, how are we to assume if this is a new bird or the same bird? This concept of hrönir implies a greater power behind human existence. A power to deliver an object into reality, but isn’t the function of language to assign meaning and identity to the objects which surround our experiences?
Option 2: Comment on Thursday’s panel
In Thursday’s panel, Professor Denham raised the topic of “pure language” as the common vessel through which we all communicate. This underlying, invisible concept felt similar to the Tlön’s conceptual scheme in which the individual stands in for all individuals. This scheme asserts that our existence is tethered, that we reside in body linked to all others through an understanding of time. While both of these modes of thinking are purely hypothetical, it seems as if they have a prevailing message, one that is even linked to our first unit’s exploration of equality within humanity. How are we linked as humans? If we share a common language and process of thought, are we playing out the same existence?