By Anonymous, Jesse Byock

The Saga of the Volsungs is an Icelandic epic of precise curiosity to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew seriously upon this Norse resource in writing his Ring Cycle and a major resource for writers of delusion resembling J. R. R. Tolkien and romantics reminiscent of William Morris.

A trove of conventional lore, it tells of affection, jealousy, vengeance, battle, and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung.

Byock's entire creation explores the heritage, legends, and myths inside the saga and lines the advance of a story that reaches again to the interval of the nice folks migrations in Europe whilst the Roman Empire collapsed.

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But when he had wanted to distinguish himself in the presence of president-elect Lincoln, he had summed it all up with a $5,000 diamond pin blazing from his shirtfront, set off by more diamonds on his cuffs. It was hard, though, to get closer to your stones than did Dia- ed hotaling ◆ 43 mond Jim Brady, the railroad-car builder, who attended the Derby when Wink was a boy. Brady owned twenty-seven thousand diamonds, it was said, including the ones decorating his underwear. Yet Winnie O’Connor got even closer to his jewels.

At Memphis, he had taken the 40 ◆ Copyright © 2005 by Ed Hotaling. Click here for terms of use. ed hotaling ◆ 41 Tennessee Derby, still a rival to Louisville’s grand event. Tennessee, after all, had been the center of American racing before Kentucky. Wink had captured the important Congress Sweepstakes at Memphis, too, and had set a record for the mile and fifty yards, 1:42 1⁄2. More than a bit of déjà vu hung over this Kentucky Derby. Here were the two Jimmies again, Winkfield and Boland, the only riders to appear in both the last Derby of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth.

Ten million Americans trekked to Coney every summer. On a single day, Wink might have seen two hundred thousand people at the beaches and boardwalks and amusement parks, the fireworks and electric-light shows, the racetracks. But he had little time for sightseeing himself. He was lucky if he noticed the Atlantic Ocean right in front of his eyes, busy as he was at the Brighton Beach track. His workouts on a youngster named Avenstoke were really impressing May senior. So his son Bub put the two-year-old in a race, hiring a brilliant little Irish braggart named Winnie O’Connor to ride him, and the colt won “post to post”—leading from start to 24 ◆ wink finish.

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