Sancho and the Silver Hand

I thought I’d show off a few entries from the ol’ commonplace book to begin the week. Just some seeds that might eventually become ideas in their own right. Or not.


Booksellers in Mongolia in the early Twentieth Century would often travel long distances, through dangerous terrain, to buy, sell and trade books. Besides environmental hazards, they often had to deal with bandits and rival booksellers (or bandits hired by rival booksellers) looking to purloin their wares. I cannot remember where I read this, but it does have the makings of a good story, I think. Especially if I could figure out a way to tie in the Great Game.

Sancho Martin – the so-called Green Knight of the Siege of Tyre, 1187. I don’t really know what to do with this. I just think it’s a cool little titbit from history that may, or may not, have happened – which, frankly, is my favourite sort. There’s probably a story in there somewhere, but I haven’t found it yet.

Lud’s Church – speaking of Green Knights, this is supposedly the location of the ‘Green Chapel’ from the climax of ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, and may or may not be connected in some way to King Lud, though sources disagree on this point. For added fun, both of those may also be connected to Lludd of the Silver Hand. Going further, Lludd is a possible derivation of Nudd, which is derived from Nuada, as in Nuada of the Silver Hand, who was himself possibly related to Nodens, who gets mentioned in the occasional Lovecraftian pastiche as the hunter-god who opposes Nyarlathotep. Also, Ned Ludd, who might be connected to all of the above in some dim ‘the land remembers’ kind of way. So…yeah. Lots to work with there.