Yikes, just figured now that Gemell died. Great author he was, but the way he as a great author, he'll sure live on elsewhere. 57 years is indeed not the oldest of ages, but Douglas Adams was even unluckier, he died at age 49. Not to mention Robert E. Howard. Though Howard was a suicider, his legacy upon this world was ended at age 30 in a hometown he had never left in his life
Well, yea, I was shocked to hear that too, Mjhavok, that R.J. took ill. One of the authors I grew up man.
And one day it will be Ray. No man can live forever, and it is the burden of getting older that people that you looked up to pass away. For example, in 2004 two of my musical legends died: Terje "Valfar" Bakken (1978-2004) aged 25 of hypothermia, Ace "Quorthon" Forsberg (1966-2004), aged 37, of heart failure. Finally, 2005 saw the dath of "Folk Mother" Else Christensen (1914-2005), who had of course been one of the leading people in the revival of our religion, Odinism. But such is lifee, and it is time to move on.
And of course, people will always live on in people's hearts if they've done great things. Let me quote you a stanza from the Hávamál, one of the most important Odinist writings.
Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has done well
deyr sjálfur id sama.
hveim er sér gódan getur. ))
(Damn invision, wont display eth nor conjunct ae, so I had to correct it to d and ae)
And it's true. People are only really dead when their memory is forgotten.
PS: Sorry if that post is a bit religiously hung, but I felt the Havamal quote fit in well...