Almost every culture, religion, or mythology has some belief of renewal built into their faith. Whether it is the cyclical view of life in the Hindu faith, the Christian belief in a “new earth” after the apocalypse, or the rebirth of “Life and Life’s Yearning” after Ragnarok in Norse mythology, many societies throughout history have found ways to depict their hope of what is to come after the cataclysmic “end”. To put it more simply and quote Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park): “Life uh...finds a way.”
Fanfare for the New Sun takes its title from this idea of renewal and rebirth. In Norse mythology, the final destiny of the gods is the great battle of Ragnarok and all the worlds end “in ash and flood” (Gaiman, p. 279). However, even after this great destruction there is always more to come:
“The sun will have been eaten, but the sun’s daughter will shine in the place of her mother, and the new sun will shine even more brightly than the old, shine with young light and new.”
(Gaiman, pp. 279-280)
With this hope of rebirth, there is always a persistence to move forward toward the light of a new day. Not by denying the reality of the darkness and destruction that took place, but by remembering and still deciding to begin anew.