Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The horsemen left King Giuki’s burg at dawn, riding out through the forest to the distant mountains beyond.

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

As dawn broke over the land of King Giuki, a young man on horseback made his way out of the burg.

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World - The Charmed Drink

The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.

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Myths, legends of ancient world - Queen Grimhild

“What is ailing you girl?” the Queen asked sharply as her daughter dropped her spindle for the fifth time that morning. “You cannot seem to concentrate on your work!”

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Myths, legends of the ancient world - The Girl in the Shadows

The sun was low in the sky when sounds of laughter and the galloping of horses filled the air. Gundrun, the daughter of King Giuki, looked up from her spinning and through the open door caught a glimpse of the men returning from the hunt.

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Myths, legends of ancient world - The King’s Guest

The young woman sat alone beneath the shade of a tall fir tree some distance from the castle. She was dressed in fine robes which were embroidered in golden thread and her white neck gleamed with precious stones, but the soft blue eyes were glazed and distant and the pale brow was marred by an uneasy frown.

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Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dream

The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.

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Myths, legends of ancient world - Sigurd and Brynhild

The young man sat upon the bed of stone, his gaze drinking in the beauty of the maiden who slept at his side. From the auburn curls that fell over her pillow to the slender hands that lay uncurled upon her chest, Brynhild was exquisite.

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Myths and Legends The Blacksmith’s Fate

The treasure of Fafnir the dragon, gleamed in the light of the rising moon and at the cave’s entrance, a grin spread across the old blacksmith’s face. At last the treasure was his. All his. He had done well in plotting the destruction of his brother Fafnir and ensuring the death of Sigurd.

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Hachiko’s statue near Shibuya Train Station, Tokyo, Japan.

THE HOWLER

New vet from New Zealand at APS clinic until Dec 19th. Rachel Oliver, a vet from New Zealand, is volunteering her time to help the animals of Samoa. 

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Myths and Legends - The Blacksmith’s Plan

Sigurd the young Volsung slowed his mount to a trot and cast a questioning glance back at his old teacher whose mare was galloping to catch up. 

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Myths and Legends - The Last Volsung

The fleet of ships ploughed through the waves towards the land of the Hundings where King Lygni reigned and at the helm of the swiftest vessel stood the youth Sigurd.

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Myths and Legends - Ancient world

Queen Hjordis stood over the open trunk, her hand upon her chest.

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Myths and Legends - Ancient World Sigurd’s Sword

Regin the blacksmith was hard at work over his anvil. He was forging a sword for his pupil Sigurd, the son of Sigmund the Volsung. 

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Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dragon’s Treasure

The sun was sinking behind the mountains and in a large cave which was hidden beneath the rocks of a high cliff, something stirred and opened its mouth to yawn.

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Myths Legends and Ancient World - The Horse

Dawn had broken over the land of King Alf and a solitary figure on horseback could be seen making its way towards the grasslands. It was a boy, at the threshold of manhood, with the first down upon his chin.

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Myths Legends and Ancient World

Dawn was only moments away and upon the shores of Denmark a solitary figure was standing, looking out across the crashing waves to the distant horizon.

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Myths Legends Ancient World The Birth of Sigurd

King Alf of Denmark stood in the doorway of his longhouse looking out at the ramparts beyond. It had been many hours since darkness had fallen but the house was not still.

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Complaint from matai group about customary land upheld

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and staff failed to comply with their own policies and procedures on Technical Assistance to Samoa – Samoa Government Given Opportunity to implement promised Legislation Changes to address harms in complaint. This is a summary from the group of matai about the Chair’s Board Report on Eligibility of the Compliance Review Panel:

 

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Myths Legends of Ancient World

Dawn was only moments away and in the east an invisible hand had painted the sky yellow. One by one, the stars over King Alf’s kingdom began to blink sleepily and fade away.

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Editorial

Don’t lose sight of the big picture

Sometimes when we become so hung up with the daily grind and when we are overwhelmed by the multiple challenges of life, we lose sight of the bigger picture. That much is undeniable.

Letters to the Editor

Retraction

A letter titled “Stop this madness” published on page 13 of the Samoa Observer of 29 March 2017 contained a claim we would like to retract.

Street Talk

Ruta, 45

What changes in the police ministry are needed?

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”

Think a Minute

Trophies or trash

Think a minute…Recently a successful, famous man told about a surprising gift he received in the mail. It was from his old high school. When he was a teenager his love and passion was tennis.

Columns

Recruitment of A.C.E.Os should be left to professional interviewer

I read with interest the plan by the P.M. and Cabinet to appoint the A.C.E.Os.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.

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