In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
mimus99 <***@gmail.com> wrote:
>This was late '60s/early '70s, mass paperback.
>AFAICR, there was a sort of typical pot-boiling politics going on atop this
>world, but the snake around the stem was a player somehow, telepathically
Haven't a clue, except it sounds rather as if somebody was
adapting Norse cosmology, wherein the World Ash Tree is encircled
by a dragon.
"Yggdrasil, where nine worlds clash,
Is a noble piece of ash
That shelters Norns and gods and all that crew;
There's a dragon gnaws the base
Of an eagle's resting place,
And three goats, a hart, and squirrel complete the zoo."
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com