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The House of the Wolfings: A Book that Inspired J. R. R. Tolkien Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Inkling Books (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587420260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587420269
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,773,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In William Morris's "The House of the Wolfings", a community of Goths is under attack by the Romans. These seem to be the Eastern or Ostrogoths judging by the fact that Rome is attacking from the south and there's mention of previous strife with the Huns. The Goths of the Mark comprise many families living along the banks of a river in the forest of Mirkwood, concentrated in three areas they call the Nether-mark, the Mid-mark and the Upper-mark. The families of each Mark join forces to repel their enemies and they democratically elect two War-dukes to lead them in battle, one from The House of the Wolfings and one from The House of the Laxings. Thiodolf, the War-duke from the family of the Wolf, has a lover (The Wood Sun) who is related to the gods and he, himself seems to have mysterious origins - possibly divine. Their daughter (The Hall Sun) is similarly well-connected. There are a number of seers among the kindreds who foretell the course of the battles, perceive news from afar and generally raise and lower the spirits of the folk by telling them in advance that, for example, the battle will be won or the great hero will be lost. The Markmen might easily remind you of Aragorn's Rangers or the Riders of Rohan, but there is this difference. The Goths in this tale worship Odin and Tyr and they sacrifice their beautiful horses: "twenty white horses, that stood wreathed about with flowers within the ring of the warriors, and these were for the burnt offering to be given to the Gods for a happy day of battle". If the Riders of Rohan worshipped anything, it was their horses and you could only imagine their reaction to anyone suggesting making burnt offerings of them.Read more ›
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By M on 25 Dec. 2013
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One of the best books I have ever read. The "old" english it is written in, makes it alll the better, by setting the tone to the story. Yet another great masterpiece.
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