Until some questions are asked and answered, there's no "Frequent Zevon Questions" page.
We have our first question:
Q: Is there any reason for Roland being Norwegian. There is an ancient Norwegian song based on the central European poem called "The Roland Poem", but I don't think the reason is there. The Norwegian song is about a king and his helper Roland that fights against heathen people...Or is it a comment to Norwegian double standards, giving out the Nobel Peace Prize at the same time as selling weapons to many different countries around the world?
Arne (from Norway)
A: In many interviews, WZ gave credit for most of the lyrics to the late David Lindell, American mercenary. I can find no mention of why they chose Norway, but it does seem to fit in with the Roland Poem you mention...Roland fighting in the name of whomever hired him. Well, at least until that Son-of-a-Bitch Van Owen shows up. (I know, it's not much of an answer, but I really did try to find it.)
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