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The Roots of the Mountains

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The Roots of the Mountains

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Alternate Title: The Roots of the Mountains: Wherein is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbors, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms
Author: William Morris
Publisher: Wildside Press, 2003
Newcastle Publishing, 1979
Original English publication, 1889
Series: Forgotten Fantasy: Book 19
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Heroic Fantasy
Mythic Fiction (Fantasy)
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The story is set in Burgdale, a small Germanic settlement in a valley at the foot of a mountain range, and the neighbouring woodlands, pastures and dales. The area is inhabited by the interdependent Dalemen, who are weavers, smiths, and traders, the Woodlanders, who are hunters and carpenters, and the Shepherds. Their society is challenged by disruptions from the outside world in the form of the Sons of the Wolf, the descendants of the Wolfings, and the invading Dusky Men (the Huns).

The Sons of the Wolf, driven from their original country by the Dusky Men, continue to resist the invaders as a frontier force guarding their new home. The somewhat troubled integration of the Sons of the Wolf into the society they are protecting is told in the story of five lovers representing both peoples, four of whom eventually marry.


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