Lot's of fun!
clearly, the unifying theme is Halley's comet... I could not interpret "dirty snowball" any other way that was reasonable. It fit with "arrived and departed with a dirty snowball" => meaning coming and going of Halley's comet.
"who am I" refers to
people, events, places, etc. associated with Halley's passages at different times:
so, surely "arrived and departed with a dirty snowball" refers to
Mark Twain who was born and died with the passage of Halley's comet. "I came in with Halley's comet in 1835. It's coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. The Almighty has said no doubt, 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'"(Mark Twain)
Once I got that far, I was pretty sure I was in the ballpark. Then, the rest was looking for anything to confirm or rule out the theme
people, events, places, etc. associated with the passages at different times:
My famous works, as split, anticipate the arrival of you, seen with half a drum, and
of the French fabric for a Nordic funeral.
This refers to the Bayeux Tapestry... Halley's most famous appearance occurred shortly before the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conquerer. It is said that William felt the comet heralded his success. In any case, the comet was put on the Bayeux Tapestry – which chronicles the invasion – in William's honor h##p://www.space.com/19878-halleys-comet.html). and "We know Comet Halley was around in 1066 because it appears on the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings along with the caption 'Isti Mirant Stella' (they marvel at the star). During the year 1144, Cardinal Gherardo Caccianemici dal Orso was elected Pope Lucius II, but he was killed after less than a year in office, coinciding with the comet's visit in 1145. Meanwhile, an English monk, Eadwine of Canterbury, must have taken time out from the transcribing he was working on because he drew an accurate portrayal of the comet on his Psalms manuscript." (h##p://h2g2.com approved entry A60281831)
'split works' refers to
the type of stitching. "The skills of the embroiderers were, according to Mrs Makin, on a par with professional embroiderers of today. The embroidered cloth was not woven and so is not technically a tapestry. The couch, stem, split and chain stitches found in the tapestry..." (h##p://www. medievalists. net/2012/11/15/new research on how the bayeux tapestry was made/).
Nordic Funeral refers again to
the tapestry: 1) "Was the bayeux tapestry created for a viking burial?" (h##p:// answers wikia .com/wiki/Was the bayeux tapestry created for a viking_burial). also see "But Marit Monsen Wang has interpreted the symbol of the portal under which Aelfgyva stands in the Tapestry as reflective of an ancient Nordic concept: the portal between this mortal life and that of the other-world as described in the Scandinavian Eddas. Monsen Wang also traces this theme in the Risala, the description of an encounter between an Arab traveler and the Russian Vikings in the 10th century. She refers specifically to the funeral rituals of the Viking king described in detail in the tale." (pg. 39: h##p://peregrinations.kenyon.edu/vol2_3/current/fb3.pdf). and see this footnote "Customary funeral rights might infer a Christian burial, however subsequent evidence in this and other texts infer a Viking funeral under a pile of stones on a headland. - See The Funeral of Harold in the Carmen page xliii The Carmen of Hastingae Proelio Edited by Catherine Morton and Hope Muntz 1972 (Oxford medieval Texts)." from "h##p://www.secretsofthenormaninvasion.com/footnote.htm"
I believe 'half a drum; refers to
a looking glass or telescope.
I grew up where Mischa's brother ate liver with bitter wine: a yellow card offence, I hear:
this refers to the 1910 sighting in Russia
Vodka (http://www.macalester.edu/academics/russian/about/resources/miscellany/vodka/). confirms the location
Yellow card offense
merely confirms that the location is Russia (Crime and Punishment)
alternate Russian spelling for Misha. Russian classic: The brothers Karamazov: a novel in four parts and an epilogue by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ("...And remember, Misha, if you are called Misha. . . . His name is Misha, isn't it ? " He turned to Pyotr Ilyitch again..."
I lived as a cub where the mounds are built; where an Elk traverses cedars, with an weary old man and a big greasy queen. Not as sure about this, but I believe:
gives a location and then time: referring to Cedars of Lebanon: "Matthew's description of the miracles and portents attending the birth of Jesus can be compared to stories concerning the birth of Augustus (63 BC).[nb 4] Linking a birth to the first appearance of a star was consistent with a popular belief that each person's life was linked to a particular star. Magi and astronomical events were linked in the public mind by the visit to Rome of a delegation of magi at the time of a spectacular appearance of Halley's Comet in AD 66, about the time the Gospel of Matthew was being composed...Other writers suggest that the star was a comet. Halley's Comet was visible in 12 BC and another object, possibly a comet or nova, was seen by Chinese and Korean stargazers in about 5 BC. This object was observed for over seventy days with no movement recorded. Ancient writers described comets as "hanging over" specific cities, just as the Star of Bethlehem was said to have "stood over" the "place" where Jesus was (the town of Bethlehem)..." (h##p: //en. wikipedia. org /wiki/Star of Bethlehem). The last is disproved but is linked to the theme via myth.
mounds and more on cedars:
"*Cedars of God** (Arabic: أرز الربّ Horsh Arz el-Rab "Cedars of the Lord") is one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani ) that thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. Their timber was exploited by the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians. The wood was prized by Egyptians for shipbuilding; the Ottoman Empire also used the cedars in railway construction"(h##p://en wikipedia. org /wiki/ Cedars of God)
weary old man:
"SADDAY, 'He of the Mountains,' though a more obviously secondary appellation, belongs semantically with Sûr." -- Albright, Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan, p. 188... "It was Moses' acceptance of the old faith in the God of the Fathers that led him to identify Yahweh with the 'God of the Fathers' as well as with Shaddai." -- Ibid., p. 168