Mulligan says, "I'm hyperborean as much as you," using a word that Friedrich Nietzsche applied to the Übermensch, the superman who will free himself from Christian ethics and transcendental metaphysics. Later in Telemachus, Mulligan playfully declares, “I’m the Uebermensch."

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Detail from a 1597 map by Abraham Ortelius of Amsterdam, showing a continent titled "Hyper Borei" at the north pole. Source: Wikimedia Commons.