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Year 10,171 Contasta Ar


Love For



Here are relevant references from the Books where Love For is mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.

I wish you well,
Fogaban




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Main Headings

Love for a City
Love for a Leader
Love for an Animal
Love for Citizens
Love for a Garden
Love for Kurii
Love for Priest-Kings
Love for Ships
Love for the Home Stone
Love for the Nest


 


Love for a City
To The Top


I truly believe that the brave men of Ar, in their valorous if blind love for their city, would have maintained the walls until the last slain warrior had been thrown from them to the streets below, but the Initiates would not have it so.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 187


"This is a great city," said Cabot, "and yet it is not loved. How many are there here who would die for this city? How many who would defend to the death its perimeters? How many who would submit to torture on its behalf?"

"You're drunk," I said, smiling.

"This city is not loved," he said. "Or it would not be used as it is, kept as it is."

He walked sadly away.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Pages 14 - 15


Of course, as every Gorean knows, cities too are mortal, for cities can be destroyed as well as men. And this perhaps makes them love their cities the more, for they know that their city, like themselves, is subject to mortal termination.

This love of their city tends to become invested in a stone which is known as the Home Stone, and which is normally kept in the highest cylinder in a city.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 22


And, as the torches burned lower in the wall racks, the singer continued to sing, and sang of gray Pa-Kur, Master of the Assassins, leader of the hordes that fell on Ar after the theft of her Home Stone; and he sang, too, of banners and black helmets, of upraised standards, of the sun flashing on the lifted blades of spears, of high siege towers and deeds, of catapults of Ka-la-na and tem-wood, of the thunder of war tharlarion and the beatings of drums and the roars of trumpets, the clash of arms and the cries of men; and he sang, too, of the love of men for their city,
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 226


"As you know," said Samos, speaking evenly, "Port Kar is not the most loved, nor the most greatly respected nor highest honored among the cities of Gor."
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 161


"And what of Port Kar?" I asked.

"She has no Home Stone," said one of the men.

I smiled. It was true. Port Kar, of all the cities on Gor, was the only one that had no Home Stone. I did not know if men did not love her because she had no Home Stone, or that she had no Home Stone because men did not love her.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 250


And, suddenly, the room was filled with cheers and more than a hundred weapons left their sheaths and saluted the Home Stone of Port Kar. I saw weathered seamen weep and cry out, brandishing their swords. There was joy in that room then such as I had never before seen it. And there was a belonging, and a victory, and a meaningfulness, and cries, and the clashing of weapons, and tears and, in that instant, love.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 252


"Do you love the city so?" I asked.

Samos smiled. "It is the place of my Home Stone," he said.
Raiders of Gor     Book 6     Page 301


I did not even have an objection to being sold in Laura. It seemed to me a simple, wild, lovely place, with the glorious air and sky, the forest to the north, the river to the south. I loved its ramps going down to the river and winding among the warehouses, the painted, carved wood on its buildings, the black shingles, the smell of bosk on the ramps and the creak of wagons, the smell of fish and salt, and glistening tharlarion, from the river, the smell of hides and fur, and sawed lumber, at the docks.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Pages 98 - 99


Too, I suspected he had little love for Ar, and perhaps thus for Brundisium. He had once been banished from Ar, and nearly impaled, for the falsification of slave data, misrepresenting merchandise as to its level of training and skill.
Players of Gor     Book 20     Page 67


"I have no special love for Ar," I said. Once I had been banished from that city, being denied there bread, salt and fire.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Pages 147 - 148


Besides, the free laborers share a Home Stone with the aristocracies of these cities, the upper castes, the higher families, the richer families, and so on. Accordingly, because of this commonality of the Home Stone, love of their city, the sharing of citizenship, and such, there is generally a harmonious set of economic compromises obtaining between the upper castes, and classes, and the lower castes, and the labor force, in general.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Page 301


"He has no love for either Ar or Cos," I said. "He prefers the victory of neither. Any such victory, with its achieved hegemony, might end, and would surely threaten, the existence of the free companies. Too, many would fear in it the destruction of social openness, of pluralism and freedom, as it now exists on Gor."
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 191


This was not my fight. I was no lover of Ar nor of Cos.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 278


Certainly I have no love for Ar.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 382


"I am not of Ar's Station," I said, "and I have little love for her. Indeed, I do not see why I should, as I was not well treated within her walls. But yet I have served her, and perhaps well. Is that not so?"
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 384


I did not think that those of Ar's Station now bore those of Ar much love.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 412


If young Marcus, of whom I have grown fond, has a weakness, I would think it would be his moodiness, and his incredible hatred for Cosians, and all things Cosian. This hatred, which seems almost pathological, is doubtless the consequence of his experiences in war, and particularly during the siege of Ar's Station. It is hard to see all, or much, of what one has loved, destroyed, and not feel illy disposed toward the perpetrators of this destruction.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 18


To be sure, he was not always gentle with her. She was, after all, a woman of Ar, for which city he now held little love, that city which had abandoned Ar's Station to her fate; too, she was a traitress and such tend, regardless of the side they have betrayed, to be treated with great contempt and severity by Gorean men; thirdly, she had spied for Cos, for which polity he held a profound hatred.
Vagabonds of Gor     Book 24     Page 382


"Help! Help, if there be true men of Ar here!" cried the prisoner.

One of the fellows from the market pushed at a mercenary, who thrust him back, angrily.

"Make way! Make way!" cried the mercenary.

"We are taking this fellow to headquarters!" said the other.

"Let him go!" cried a man. Men surged about the two mercenaries.

"It is my only crime that I love Ar and am loyal to her!" cried the prisoner.
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Pages 244 - 245


And see how these men love their world and their cities, their fields and forests, how they keep them, how they care for them, and love them, how they will not destroy them, how they will not cut and burn them, nor diminish and exhaust them. There are surely worse worlds than this."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 319





 


Love for a Leader
To The Top


With some fifty followers, who loved him even more than their native walls, he fled on tarnback to the Voltai Range, from whose peaks he could always look upon the distant towers of Ar.
Tarnsman of Gor     Book 1     Page 216


"You truly love your Tatrix," I said.

"Indeed, Warrior," said Dorna.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 142


Tharna is now a different city than it has ever been within the memory of living man.

Her ruler - the gracious and beautiful Lara - is surely one of the wisest and most just of rulers on this barbaric world, and hers has been the torturous task of reuniting a city disrupted by civil strife, of making peace among factions and dealing fairly with all. If she were not loved as she is by the men of Tharna her task would have been impossible.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 246


"You must understand, Tarl Cabot of Ko-ro-ba," said Misk, apparently sensing my puzzlement, "that it is the greatest joy of Muls to love and serve Priest-Kings. If it is the wish of a Priest-King that they die they do so with great joy; if it is the wish of a Priest-King that they live, they are similarly delighted."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 98


I am now, by order of Bosk, again permitted to serve in the great hall. But, at night, Publius, still, keeps me double chained. He is a good kitchen master, and loves his captain, Bosk of Port Kar. I do not object to his precautions.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Page 365


"But Gnieus Lelius makes a point of being available to the people," he said. "That is one reason he is so much loved."
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 265


Taurentians were about the regent, and, too, some scribes. Notes, it seemed, and names, were being taken. Doubtless a record of the claims, grievances, petitions, and such, was being kept. It seemed there was not an excessive amount of guards. So loved, it seemed, was the regent.
Mercenaries of Gor     Book 21     Page 289


"We have spared the holding of Temmu," said Tyrtaios, "from the rain of burning arrows, because of our love for our wayward, misguided servitor, the glorious, honorable Temmu."
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 50





 


Love for an Animal
To The Top


I remembered, briefly, irrelevantly, that my mother had once poisoned my small dog, which had ruined one of her slippers. I had loved the tiny animal, which had played with me, and had given me the affection, the love, which my parents had denied me, or had been too busy to bestow. It had died in the basement, in the darkness behind the furnace, where it had fled, howling and whimpering, biting at me when I, a hysterical, weeping child, had tried to touch it and hold it. Tears sprang into my eyes.
Captive of Gor     Book 7     Pages 359 - 360


I watched in terror as my master, over my body, scratched and pulled, and shoved, at that great head. Clearly he was inordinately fond of that terrible beast, and perhaps it of him. I saw his eyes. He lavished affection upon it. He cared more for it than his girls. I was certain. Perhaps it was the only thing he trusted, other than himself, the only thing he knew that he could rely upon, other than himself, the only thing, of all creatures he knew, who had proved its love and loyalty to him. If this were so, then perhaps it was not incredible that he might bestow upon it a fondness, or love, which he, betrayed perhaps by men, might withhold from others, from men, and slaves.
Dancer of Gor     Book 22     Pages 160 - 161





 


Love for Citizens
To The Top


"Peace, friendship, joy and love," called Myron, "to our brothers in Ar!"
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 94


"Merciful Talena!" wept a man.

The guardsman sheathed his sword.

The crowd was then silent.

"I regret that I cannot," said Talena, "despite my love for you, exempt you from your duties to the state."
Magicians of Gor     Book 25     Page 147





 


Love for a Garden
To The Top


"He loved the garden," I said. "It seems a pity to relieve him of his post for so small an indiscretion, particularly in the light of his experience, knowledge and diligence."
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 259


"It is I who am honored, gardener san," said the magician. "Flowers are beautiful and those who love and tend them are themselves of most noble mien."
Rebels of Gor     Book 33     Page 460





 


Love for Kurii
To The Top


I thought of the Kurii. They were terrible foes. Suddenly, incredibly, I felt love for them.
Marauders of Gor     Book 9     Page 290





 


Love for Priest-Kings
To The Top


"It is now time to demonstrate your gratitude to the Priest-Kings," said the gaunt figure.

"Perhaps that might be done by filling up the golden bowls," speculated a fellow, under his breath.

"Hush!" said a frightened free woman.

"The Priest-Kings love a generous giver," said the gaunt figure.

"Certainly the High Initiate does," said the fellow.
Witness of Gor     Book 26     Page 429


"Come down, old friend," said Portus Canio. "Stakes and thongs await, and knives can be heated, old friend."

"For the love of Priest-Kings," cried Tersius Major, "give me something to drink, something to eat!"

"You have broken the law of Priest-Kings," said Portus Canio.

"Priest-Kings are not to be loved," said Fel Doron. "They are to be respected, and feared, and obeyed."
Prize of Gor     Book 27     Page 656


I had little love for Priest-Kings, but theirs was the law and the rod which held in check the inventive and indiscreet aggressions of humans on this, their world.
Swordsmen of Gor     Book 29     Page 96





 


Love for Ships
To The Top


Though I have seldom heard them speak explicitly of this, particularly when landsmen are present, many Gorean mariners seem to believe that the ship is in some way alive. This is supposed to occur when the eyes have been painted. It is then, some say, that she comes alive, when she can see. I suppose this may be regarded as superstition; on the other hand, it may also be regarded as love.
Renegades of Gor     Book 23     Page 355





 


Love for the Home Stone
To The Top


Of course, as every Gorean knows, cities too are mortal, for cities can be destroyed as well as men. And this perhaps makes them love their cities the more, for they know that their city, like themselves, is subject to mortal termination.

This love of their city tends to become invested in a stone which is known as the Home Stone, and which is normally kept in the highest cylinder in a city.
Outlaw of Gor     Book 2     Page 22


"You find it hard to understand the love of a man for his Home Stone," I said.
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 144





 


Love for the Nest
To The Top


"It is well for us to die," said Misk, "for otherwise the Nest would be eternal and the Nest must not be eternal for how could we love it if it were so?"
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Page 119


"You were brought here to kill me," said Sarm, looking down.

I started.

"There are those," he said, "who do not love the Nest, who would wish to see it pass."

I said nothing.

"The Nest is eternal," said Sarm. "It cannot die. I will not let it die."
Priest-Kings of Gor     Book 3     Pages 145 - 146






























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