On names, changing them, and origins

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 22 01:46:23 EST 2003


--- Paul Andinach <pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> On 21 Mar 2003, Susanna E. Leng 98 wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:13:54 +0800 (WST)
> dwj at suberic.net 
> > wrote: 
> >
> > > On 6 Mar 2003, Susanna E. Leng 98 wrote:
> > > 
> > > > In the spirit of names, pronunciation, and
> that, could 
> > > > anyone  perhaps throw some light on my last
> name?  
> > > > (Leng)
> > >
> > > There's a Plateau of Leng in, IIRC, Antarctica,
> but I 
> > > very much doubt it's named after any of your
> relatives.
> > >
> > >
> > > That wasn't very helpful, was it?  :)
> > 
> > Perhaps not helpful, but certainly interesting.
> > I've always wanted to go to Antarctica, now I have
> a specific 
> > destination in mind.  (Probably will turn out to
> be well beyond 
> > where I might actually be able to go.)
> 
> Before anyone else gets any more bright ideas, I
> should point out that
> I was kidding: the Plateau of Leng doesn't actually
> exist except in a
> novel by H. P. Lovecraft. Sorry.
> 
> And you probably wouldn't be able to go there,
> anyway: he deliberately
> set it in a remote and inhospitable part of
> Antarctica which at the
> time was completely unknown and even now has only
> been visited once,
> by a dedicated scientific expedition. I recommend
> you to stay home and
> read the memoirs instead. :)
> 
> The record of the fictional expedition is
>  _At the Mountains of Madness_ by H. P. Lovecraft.
> 
> The record of the real expedition is
>  _Mountains of Madness: a scientist's odyssey in
> Antarctica_
>  by John Long.
> (The expedition took one novel to while away the
> long Antarctic
> nights. Guess what it was.)
> 

I think that the Plateau of Leng (well a Plateau of
Leng anyway) also features in The Dream Quest of
Unknown Kadath by HPL, and perhaps in another story as
well.

Jon

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