" a Viking chieftain going to Valhalla "
"Walhalla" by Max Brückner - Credit: Bloodofox
According to Norse Mythology, some of the great warriors who die in combat are led by the valkyries
to Valhalla, the Great Hall of Odin. Valhalla is part of the realm of Asgard
, of which Odin is the ruler.
" of Inistioge and his parents "
A bridge in Inistioge - Credit: Edward
Inistioge is a village situated on the River Nore in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Walter Hamilton, whom we meet in The Far Pavilions
, was a real person and did actually come from Inistioge, as mentioned in the book.
" from the Aeneid "
The Aeneid is an epic poem written in Latin by the Roman poet Virgil. It is considered one of the greatest and most important poems in literature. The poem consists of 12 books and describes the adventures of the Trojan hero Aeneas and his journey to Rome following the destruction of Troy.
Read The Aeneid online:
Virgil's "The Aeneid" at The Internet Classics Archive
" one of Charlemagne's Paladins "
Paladin is a term used to refer to a knight belonging to the court of Charlemagne
, King of the Franks. The word is thought to have been first used in the ancient French epic, The Song of Roland
. It has now come to be used to describe any knight, such as the Knights of the Round Table
in Arthurian legend.
" his cousin Abdur Rahman "
Abdur Rahman was Amir of Afghanistan from 1880 to 1901. He was a strong ruler, something which was very much needed in the years following the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He died on 1st October 1901 and was succeeded by his son Habibullah Khan