Runes of the North
A rune is, in its general meaning, a tale of magic and mystery. To Sigurd Olson it expresses his feelings about the haunting appeal of the wilderness and of the tales and legends to be found there. His runes are legends, yards, and wilderness reflections drawn from the great northern vastness of Canada and Alaska. Whether he is recounting a charming Indian myth, such as “The Dream Net,” or describing the exhilaration of the sauna, the primitive Finnish bath, or sharing the pleasure of digging a spring for a remote
Runes of the North is divided into two sections: one, “Le Beau Pays,” reveals woodland lore of the land of big timber, rushing white water streams, and “lost” lakes of the Canadian border; the other, “Pays d’en Haut,” has for the setting of its chapters the wilderness farther north, from Hudson Bay across the Barren Grounds and tundra to the Yukon and Alaska. This new book by the author of The Singing Wilderness, Listening Point, and The Lonely Land will please thousands of readers who have found in him a kindred spirit and a man who puts into words their own deep feelings about nature.
Robert Hines’s jacket drawing of the loon, symbol of far places, and his atmospheric pen-and-inks of birds, animals, and voyageurs add pictorial appeal to these tales and ruminations of the Big North, ancient, old, and modern.
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PAYS DEN HAUTThe Upper Country
CHAPTER 12JUMPINGOFF PLACES
CHAPTER 13THE PAYS PLAT
CHAPTER 14GHOST CAMPS OF THE NORTH
CHAPTER 16FOND DU LAC
CHAPTER 17THE DIVIDE
CHAPTER 18RENDEZVOUS ON CONJUROR BAY
CHAPTER 6WOOD CHANCE
CHAPTER 7THE SWAMP BUCK
CHAPTER 8THE SAUNA
CHAPTER 9THE FEEL OF SPRING
CHAPTER 10WILD RICE
CHAPTER 11THE ROSS LIGHT
CHAPTER 19SPELL OF THE YUKON
CHAPTER 20ALASKAN WILDERNESS
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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