Sigurd is a popular Norse name (Heimskringla); the Sigurd referenced here, however, is Sigurd the Stout, Earl of Orkney, who had 2,000 Vikings in mail at the Battle of Clontarf, which is the incident that Shandon and Golias are caught up in. (Desmond's Concise History of Ireland)
Heorot, where Golias tells Shandon to met up with him if they are separated in the Battle of Clontarf, is the site of the heroic epic Beowulf; the Norse king Hrothgar built a great hall, Heorot, which was then plagued by the monster Grendel, and delivered by the hero Beowulf.
Golias recognizes the locale because he came through on his way to the Second Battle of Moytura, which took place at the same time as the Fall of Troy, roughly 1869 B.C. The Tuatha Dé Danaan fought and defeated the Fomorians near Lough Arrow, County Sligo, in Ireland. Nuada of the Silver Hand was killed, and Lugh Lámhfada became king. Dates in Irish Myth and Legend
The Brian referred to is Brian Boru, the most famous high king of Ireland.
Aucando Rosalette seven cross roadsSeparated from Golias after the battle, and seeking his way to Heorot, Shandon wanders through the forest of Broceliande and comes across a young woman named Rosalette. Rosalette is in love with Aucando, who is the son of a king who has forbidden him to marry her and planned to kill her to prevent it. She has run away, but she is determined to seek out her Aucando. I have not been able to locate a specific story like this, but it sounds -- especially with later events -- very much like a plot from Shakespeare, who took his own plots from older literature and from folklore.
Fred Lerner points out that Aucando and Rosalette are portmanteau-names, combining "Aucassin" and "Nicolete" from the original Provencal chantefable (part sung, part spoken) Aucassin et Nicolete, c. 1200, by the ever-prolific Anonymous, with Orlando and Rosalind from Shakespeare's As You Like It. The song of Rosalette, "Seven roads could bring you here..." is in the rhyme and meter of Aucassin and Nicolette; Nocolette built her forest bower at a place where seven roads met.
Chapter 6: Random Faring
Shandon's finer sensibilities are already awakening under the influence of the Commonwealth. He treats Rosalette in a much more chivalrous manner than he treated Circe, and upon being separated from her he starts out after her with vague notions of protection beginning to percolate in him. The next character he meets in Broceliande (remember I said this forest stands for All Forest?) is Pathfinder, the hero Natty Bumpo from the series Leatherstocking Tales (which included The Last of the Mohicans) by James Fenimore Cooper. Hunter, scout, pathfinder and trapper, Natty Bumpo was nicknamed Deerslayer, Pathfinder -- and Hawkeye. (Thank-you to Bruce Pelz for pointing out to me that these are all the same character.)
After watching feats of marksmanship from Pathfinder, Shandon gets to see a knight slay a dragon and rescue a fair (and so far unidentified) damsel. The knight's name is Calidore, and he cannot go with Shandon to help Rosalette because he must pursue the Blatant Beast. Calidore was the hero of the sixth bookof Spenser's Faërie Queene, and is supposed to have been modeled on Sir Philip Sidney.
As night is coming on, Shandon is waylaid by some men in green -- including a very BIG one. Now Broceliande incorporates Sherwood Forest. In looking for some online references on Robin Hood, his band of Merry Men, and Little John (the big one), I found a nice picture gallery. Check other Robin Hood references at Yahoo.
The Merry Men make a reference to the Cardiff Giant, one of the famous hoaxes of history - a 10 1/2 foot gypsum statue claimed to be the fossilized remains of an ancient man from the age of giants.
Chapter 7: Under the Leaves
Shandon's adventures with the Merry Men continue with his introduction to Robin, John, and Scarlock, all members of the legendary band. Shandon is the guest for the traditional Lady's Day, which is part of Robin Hood folklore.
Robin is also introduced to a young runaway who has just joined the band, Nicolind. Nicolind is not directly from literature or legend, but is a character made up by Myers to resemble types from Shakespeare; this character is related to Rosalette.
Chapter 8: Two Big Cats
M. Tensas, M.D.: Fred Lerner was kind enough to send me some background on this character, when I told him my copy of A Silverlock Companion hadn't arrived yet. "Madison Tensas, M.D., was the pseudonym of Dr. Henry Clay Lewis (1825-1850), a physician whose experiences in the old Southwest form the basis for Old Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana Swamp Doctor (American humorous narrative, 1850).
Shandon also meets Puck, a central character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. TextWith Pictures
Puck goes on at some length about the extent of the things he knows, including:
what Geri and Freki feed on: Geri ("greedy") and Freki ("gluttonous") are the two wolf companions of the Norse god Odin. Fred Lerner also knows what they feed on: "the flesh of the boar Saehrimnir, boiled in a cauldron in Valhalla". With that clue, I found a plain version and a poetic version of the tale.
what Jack Wilton did at the house of Pontius Pilate: ack Wilton was the lead character of a rollicking sixteenth century novel The Unfortunate Traveller (1594) by Thomas Nashe. Jack Wilton's Home Page In Rome, Jack Wilton visited the house of Pontius Pilate and pissed behind it. (Pontius Pilate has to be one of the most fascinating wimp-outs in history; for washing his hands of the fate of Jesus Christ, he has gotten literary and artistic attention for two thousand years.)
who Kuwarbis got tight with: Kuwarbis was the father of the gods in Hittite mythology. He served Anu (the god who usurped the throne of heaven from Kuwarbis's father Alalu) as cupbearer for nine years. (From Fred Lerner; no online citations found yet.)
why Ilmarinen didn't have much fun with his second wife: Ilmarinen is the legendary smith of the Finnish epic the Kalevala. After the death of his wife, he forged a wife out of gold and bronze, but "was not comforted." He then wooed another wife who nagged him so much he turned her into a seagull. He finally gave up and joined some other heroes on a mythic quest.
what the suppliant maidens wanted: Back to Greek mythology here. The fifty daughters of Danaus prayed to Zeus that they not be compelled to marry the sons of Egyptus.
Chapter 9: A Guide and No Guides
After catching Shandon up in the final events of a Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck takes pity on him and gives him directions to Heorot.
Since Shandon is as hollow as Finnegan's legs, Puck mentions that he can pick up something to eat at a "day and night joint" he will pass on the way. The "day and night joint" is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
One landmark Puck tells Shandon he will pass is Sandhills, but I haven't determined the reference yet. Fred Lerner says it is "A region in north central Nebraska inhabited by many cows and few people."
At last Silverlock comes to Heorot. In Chapter 10 he gets to hear Golias summarize his travels, as well as compose a skaldic saga for the heroes of the Alamo, and that will be an entire page to itself.
More to come ...
Silverlock by John Myers Myers ISBN 0-441-76674-9 Ace Fantasy Books The Berkely Publishing Group 200 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10016
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