When Shadow plucks the gold coin from the hoarde using Mad Sweeney's technique, he actually talkes the golden sun and this causes Mad Sweeney to die. What exactly did Shadow take? Why is the Leprechaun's life tied to this coin? What is the hoarde?
I don't really know, but it is said in the book that the coin is much too important for Sweeney or Shadow to possess.
As for the hoarde, I'm going to guess it's where all Leprechaun gold is kept. They simply tap into it. Think of a storehouse that isn't physically there. It's more like something on another plane. But Leprecauns, and Shadow, are able to grab out of it. There's mention of a rainbow in there somewhere. There isn't literally a pot of gold under rainbows, but all the gold is in some way tied to them.
That's my take on part of it at least.
When in the book Shadow says that Mad Sweeney died of drink, exposure, blah blah blah, I was kinda surprised because I was thinking that something would have killed him for losing the golden coin... So am I right or did he just suddenly die?
*Bangs head against wall in confusion*
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Mad Sweeney died for the reasons he said he wanted to: "I can get out of here," said Sweeney. "I can get away before the storm hits." No one could kill Sweeney for losing that particular gold coin, but he wanted to die himself if he didn't have its protection.
"this whole blonde doctor situation has me mortified"
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He didn't just die, either, I suspect. From all the connotations and clues, his "twenty-dollar ticket" was the alcohol, which numbed him just enough for him to willingly die of exposure and probably hypothermia.
I would like to think of it as this.
Shadow is infact a minor diety of sorts or at least quasi supernatural. This is the only plot line that is not explained. Why he experiences things after he's met loki in prison and not before. There was nothing to suggest that he's always had bad dreams etc. It would make sence if so and add weight to his plight.
In some ways it could be a pun that he is a SON of america as well as the Sun of Odin. Sweeny did the right thing, but I feel this is something that Odin didn't want.
The coin that Laura gets is kinda a bit strange as it ought to have had some effect on her seeing as the Moon Goddess stated it was very powerful. In some ways the sun in egyptian myth travels through the underworld and is associated with death and rebirth as the eye of Re.
Anyway... was all good!
I understood the effect to be that of Laura in undead mode. Wasn't that the explanation for her coming back?
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."-Walt Whitman
The coin is what gives him immortality ...thats why it brings back the dead. Without it he is slowly dying because its not in his hoard. Shadow is actually the descendant of odin' s son but he doesnt know it. (Thats why sweeney tells laura in episode 8 of the show hes none who happens to be the guy.. )in a way he is part God.
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