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The House of the Wolfings

The House of the Wolfings by William Morris
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The House of the Wolfings is a captivating tale set in a mythical world of ancient Germanic tribes. The story follows the Wolfings, a brave and noble clan, as they defend their homeland from the invading Roman army. William Morris weaves a rich tapestry of vivid imagery and lyrical prose, immersing readers in a world of fierce battles, heroic deeds, and ancient folklore.

The characters are well-developed and engaging, each with their own motivations and inner struggles. The landscape is described in exquisite detail, bringing the ancient forests and misty moors to life. Morris's writing is both poetic and immersive, drawing readers into the heart of the story.

The House of the Wolfings is a timeless tale of courage, loyalty, and the enduring power of kinship. It is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and fantasy, offering a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and fantastical. Morris's storytelling prowess shines in this epic saga, making it a truly unforgettable reading experience.

Book Description:
William Morris (1834-1896) was a writer, illustrator and medievalist from the Romantic period and associated with other renowned authors of the time such as Dante Rossetti. His fascination with ancient Germanic and Norse people dominated his writings, the first to be set in an entirely invented fantasy world and which helped to establish the fantasy genre.

The House of Wolfings (1890), some argue, is a demonstration of Morris' socialism as the society described, though not an utopia, is clan-based, elects leaders and makes decisions in clan tribal meetings. Notwithstanding, it tells the story of how Thiodolf and his clan - the Wolfings - fight and vanquish the Roman invaders. The book is built with Morris' knowledge of the historical period and his own idealistic views, which allow him to combine facts and mythical elements. Thiodolf is protected by a dwarfish coat of mail, given to him by his lover Wood Sun, herself one of the Vala, the immortals. But things are not what they seem and what is meant to protect him, is also a curse...

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