Moon Filly Hardcover – 1 Aug 1968
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Wurring (meaning sun) is the son of a stallion called Winganna (also meaning sun) and a bright golden chestnut like his sire. One night Winganna returns to the brumby herd from a journey, with a strange dark mare who has a dark foal at foot. The mare is clearly ill or injured and at the dark of the moon she lies down and dies. Wurring can't bear to see the lonely little filly so he nudges her over to his own dam who rears them together. He names the filly Ilinga (meaning comes from far away) and they grow up, gallop and play with the other youngsters.
Only when a strange stallion comes along and spots the handsome filly Ilinga has grown into, and notices how her coat ripples in the moonlight, does Wurring find that Ilinga's dam was from a rare breed known as mares of the moon. Too late, he discovers his love for the moon filly; she has been driven away by the older horse. Desperately he follows through the bush, unsure if he is strong enough to win her back.
Mitchell is a beautiful writer and this carefully constructed tale draws on sun and moon symbolism as well as the wildlife of the bush to bring us a touching romance coupled with adventure. Any young person should love it and a horse lover could read it at any age.
Read this before Silver Brumby Whirlwind, as Wurring and Ilinga reappear in that book. Their story is complete by itself however and I just regret that Mitchell did not write more about these two.