Why Buckhorn of all places??
Has this been discussed widely yet? Cuz the question struck me today, and the answer soon followed!
Think of buck horns. We see this imagery most clearly in the Elk’s Point #9 bar. I thought Cole’s drawing in the hotel room also resembled antlers, and the shirt doppelgänger Diane is wearing in the Red Room also had a design resembling Cole’s doodle and antlers by extension.
Whaddayathink? Do these all see similar to you? Are there any other deer/elk horn images within the three seasons?
And oh! Duh.... The Hornes!
What does this pattern suggest about the plot? Nothing really. But! It does add to the dreamscape nature of the show. Odd connections/patterns happen in dreams without reason. Maybe the Twin Peaks world is a collective dream, and the horn business comes from Audrey’s subconscious, even if she herself is a character inside another dream (Richard’s?).
I also noticed that almost all of the personal spaces we see, whether it be an office or a living room, etc. there is some figurine of an animal somewhere. I say almost because I think at least once I couldn't find one, and I could be wide right on this because I didn't really start a tally or anything.
Maybe we're talking about not so much horns per se, but imagery of branching and splitting. Like power poles, like elk horns, like The Evolution of the Arm, like altered time-lines even.
Or maybe they're stand-ins for halos. Or a crown of thorns.
Excellent points! You’ve given me really something to think about. The deer antlers make seemingly random splits as they grow, much like tree branches, or dendrites, hence these splits really match that evolution of the arm.
And thinking about Deer Meadow as a doppelgänger of Twin Peaks has me thinking that given a deer has TWO antlers, they make twin peaks atop the head. More Lynchian duality.
When I make my next run through the thre seasons and FWWM, I’ll be looking for more.
And thinking about the similarity between antlers and branches leads us right back to trees: There’s “something very, very strange in these old woods.”
The gates of horn and ivory are a literary image used to distinguish true dreams (corresponding to factual occurrences) from false. The phrase originated in the Greek language, in which the word for "horn" is similar to that for "fulfil" and the word for "ivory" is similar to that for "deceive". On the basis of that play on words, true dreams are spoken of as coming through the gates of horn, false dreams as coming through those of ivory.
– Wikipedia: Gates of horn and ivory