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The Roots of the Mountains

by William Morris


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This is one of William Morris' fantasy novels set in a fairy-tale Icelandic setting. The quest of Face-of-god, told in the voice of the sagas, will satisfy any modern fantasy reader.

Title Page
Chapter I. Of Burgstead and its Folk and its Neighbours
Chapter II. Of Face-of-god and his Kindred
Chapter III. They Talk of Divers Matters in the Hall
Chapter IV. Face-of-god Fareth to the Wood Again
Chapter V. Face-of-god Falls in with Menfolk on the Mountain
Chapter VI. Of Face-of-god and those Mountain-Dwellers
Chapter VII. Face-of-god Talketh with the Friend on the Mountain
Chapter VIII. Face-of-god Cometh Home Again to Burgstead
Chapter IX. Those Brethren Fare to the Yewwood with the Bride
Chapter X. New Tidings in the Dale
Chapter XI. Men Make Oath at Burgstead on the Holy Boar
Chapter XII. Stone-Face Telleth Concerning the Wood-Wights
Chapter XIII. They Fare to the Hunting of the Elk
Chapter XIV. Concerning Face-of-god and the Mountain
Chapter XV. Murder Amongst the Folk of the Woodlanders
Chapter XVI. The Bride Speaketh with Face-of-god
Chapter XVI. The Token Cometh from the Mountain
Chapter XVIII. Face-of-god Talketh with the Friend in Shadowy Vale
Chapter XIX. The Fair Woman Telleth Face-of-god of her Kindred
Chapter XX. Those Two Together Hold the Ring of the Earth-God
Chapter XXI. Face-of-god Looketh on the Dusky Men
Chapter XXII. Face-of-god Cometh Home to Burgstead
Chapter XXIII. Talk in the Hall of the House of the Face
Chapter XXIV. Face-of-god Giveth that Token to the Bride
Chapter XXV. Of the Gate-Thing at Burgstead
Chapter XXVI. The Ending of the Gate-Thing
Chapter XXVII. Face-of-god Leadeth a Band Through the Wood
Chapter XXVIII. The Men of Burgdale Meet the Runaways
Chapter XXIX. They Bring the Runaways to Burgstead
Chapter XXX. Hall-Face Goeth Toward Rose-Dale
Chapter XXXI. Of The Weapon-Show of the Men of Burgdale and Their Neighbours
Chapter XXXII. The Men of Shadowy Vale Come to the Spring Market at Burgstead
Chapter XXXIII. The Alderman Gives Gifts to Them of Shadowy Vale
Chapter XXXIV. The Chieftains Take Counsel in the Hall of the Face
Chapter XXXV. Face-of-god Talketh with the Sun-Beam
Chapter XXXVI. Folk-Might Speaketh with the Bride
Chapter XXXVII. Of the Folk-Mote of the Dalesmen, the Shepherd-Folk, and the Woodland Carles: the Banner of the Wolf Displayed
Chapter XXXVIII. Of the Great Folk-Mote: Atonements Given, and Men Made Sackless
Chapter XXXIX. Of the Great Folk-Mote: Men Take Rede of the War-Faring, the Fellowship, and the War-Leader. Folk-Might Telleth Whence His People Came. The Folk-Mote Sundered.
Chapter XL. Of the Hosting in Shadowy Vale
Chapter XLI. The Host Departeth From Shadowy Vale: The First Day's Journey
Chapter XLII. The Host Cometh to the Edges of Silver-Dale
Chapter XLIII. Face-of-god Looketh on Silver-Dale: the Bowmen's Battle
Chapter XLIV. Of the Onslaught of the Men of the Steer, the Bridge, and the Bull
Chapter XLV. Of Face-of-god's Onslaught
Chapter XLVI. Men Meet in the Market of Silver-Stead
Chapter XLVII. The Kindreds Win the Mote-House
Chapter XLVIII. Men Sing in the Mote-House
Chapter XLIX. Dallach Fareth to Rose-Dale: Crow Telleth of his Errand: the Kindreds Eat Their Meat in Silver-Dale
Chapter L. Folk-might Seeth the Bride and Speaketh with her
Chapter LI. The Dead Borne to Bale: The Mote-House Re-Hallowed
Chapter LII. Of the New Beginning of Good Days in Silver-Dale
Chapter LIII. Of the Word Which Hall-ward of the Steer had for Folk-might
Chapter LIV. Tidings of Dallach: A Folk-Mote in Silver-Dale
Chapter LV. Departure from Silver-Dale
Chapter LVI. Talk Upon the Wild-Wood Way
Chapter LVII. How the Host Came Home Again
Chapter LVIII. How The Maiden Ward was Held in Burgdale
Chapter LIX. The Behest of Face-of-god to the Bride Accomplished: a Mote-Stead Appointed for the Three Folks, to Wit, the Men of Burgdale, the Shepherds, and the Children of the Wolf