Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

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el más detallado entre
todos, no procura la concepción más débil de la magnificencia y horror
de la escena, ni de la intensa y asombrosa sensación de _novela_ que
confunde al observador. No estoy seguro del punto de dónde presenció el
espectáculo el autor aludido, ni del momento en que aquello se realizó;
pero seguramente no ha sido del ápice del Helseggen, ni durante una
tempestad. Hay, sin embargo, ciertos pasajes en su descripción que
pueden citarse en razón de los detalles, aunque su efecto sea
excesivamente atenuado para dar la impresión de esta escena.

"Entre Lofoden y Móskoe," dice el escritor mencionado, "la profundidad
del agua es de treinta y seis a cuarenta brazas; pero del otro lado,
hacia Ver (Vurrgh), esta profundidad disminuye hasta el punto de no
permitir el paso de un buque sin que corra el riesgo de estrellarse
contra las rocas, lo cual sucede aun en el momento de mayor calma. A la
hora del flujo, la corriente barre la zona comprendida entre Lofoden y
Móskoe con rapidez tumultuosa; pero el estruendo de su impetuoso reflujo
hacia el mar podría apenas igualarse por la más retumbante y temible
catarata; escuchándose este ruido a muchas leguas a la redonda, y siendo
el vórtice o remolino tan vasto y tan profundo, que si algún buque
entrara dentro de su radio de atracción, sería cogido inevitablemente y
arrastrado hasta el fondo, destrozándose allí contra las rocas; y
podrían verse los fragmentos arrojados de nuevo a la playa al volver de
la marea. Pero estos intervalos de tranquilidad tienen lugar solamente
en el buen tiempo y a la vuelta del flujo y el reflujo, prolongándose
alrededor de un cuarto de hora, después de cuyo tiempo se presenta de
nuevo gradualmente la violencia del fenómeno. Cuando la corriente es más
tumultuosa y su furia se aumenta con alguna tempestad, es peligroso
encontrarse dentro de una milla en aguas de Noruega. Barcas, yates y
buques de mayor calado hanse visto arrastrados por falta de cautela para
mantenerse lejos de su atracción. Ha sucedido también frecuentemente
que encontrándose ballenas cerca de la corriente, hayan sido arrebatadas
por su violencia; y es imposible describir sus bramidos y resoplidos en
aquel momento en medio de sus esfuerzos infructuosos para escapar.
Cierta vez, un oso, tratando de atravesar a nado de Lofoden a Móskoe,
fué cogido y arrastrado por la corriente, mientras rugía de manera
horrible que pudo oírse hasta la playa. Gran cantidad de pinos y abetos,
después de haber sido absorbidos por el remolino, vuelven a aparecer
arriba, tan destrozados y batidos que parece que les hubieran brotado
cerdas. Esto demuestra

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