Tuesday, April 10, 2012

H is for Hrúgga

The personification of a Hero of the Age, Hrúgga is the epic hero of Tsolyáni legends. His legendary deeds are a model for modern Tsolyáni in many aspects of life...

In Tsolyánu the ideal gambler is polished and urbane; he has courage but is not foolhardy; he is generous but not ostentatious; and he is neither a “poor loser” nor a “poor winner.” “Noble” action is the keynote. The model is the epic hero, Hrúgga, who “won the world, the two moons, and half as much again” from the Goddess Avánthe – yet graciously continued to stake everything he had on each play until he had lost it all back again ‘because it is not seemly for a mere mortal to overmaster the everliving Gods.”

M.A.R. Barker, The Tékumel Source Book

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