SAMAROBRIN


VI-5  Si grand Famine par unde pestifere.
         Par pluie longue le long du pole arctique,
         Samarobrin cent lieux de l'hemisphere,
         Vivront sans loi exempt de politique.

         So great a famine by a pestilent wave.
         By a long rain the length of the artic pole,
         SAMAROBRIN one hundred leagues from
            the hemisphere,
         They will live without law, exempt from politics.


[picture credit: 'ESCHATUS' - by Bruce Pennington
Fireside Books - London, 1977 page 41

[from '....Secrets', Chapter Three, page 63 of the text of the book]

There has been much speculation over Samarobrin and 100 leagues from the hemisphere.

Commentators of the last half of the twentieth century have recognised the most likely way to be 100 leagues from the hemisphere is to go straight up, an unthinkable idea just a century ago. In space one lives without the law of gravity (not discovered for more than a century following Nostradamus' death), and no political doctrine can reach you. In fact one could rearrange Samarobrin anagramatically to Mars en orba - Mars in orbit.

Another clue to the enigmatic name is found in Centurie II, verse 59:
..... Rongée Provence pour soustenir grand bande,
      Plus Mars Narbon, par javelots et dards.

..... Provençe gnawed in order to sustain the great band,
      More so Narbo Martius, because of javelins and darts.

In Roman times, the capitol of Gallia Narbonensis was Narbo Martius (after Mars, the Roman god of war) - today known as Narbonne.

SAMAROBRIN is derived anagramatically from Mars Narbon, or Narbo Martius.

While it is unclear why the name 'Narbonne' should be hidden, the implication of the term samarobrin would seem to be a martial platform in space.

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