The Sundering Flood

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Courier Dover Publications, Dec 13, 2017 - Fiction - 512 pages
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The celebrated medievalist William Morris was among the first writers to combine supernatural elements with world building. He created the precursors of modern fantasy fiction, and both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien acknowledged his influence on their writing. In his final novel, Morris draws upon Icelandic lore to tell a tale of two lovers, Osberne and Elfhild, separated by a broad river. When Elfhild vanishes from the riverbank, Osberne takes up his magical sword Boardcleaver and begins a desperate search. He soon finds himself battling a tyrannical king in the service of rebel knight Sir Godrick of Longshaw, but Osberne can never forget the quest for his lost love.

A captivating blend of chivalric romance and wizardry, this volume is a facsimile of the highly ornamented Kelmscott Press edition of 1897. The text is printed in black, with red chapter titles, and the lovely borders and initials are Morris's own design.
 

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

While I find the very existence of this book fascinating - it's almost a very slow literary exploration of life, but it's set in a medievalish fantasy world - it is not, in fact, anything I particularly enjoy. Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Disappointingly, I found this fairly boring on the whole (war stories just don't do it for me) but interesting in the context that Tolkien referred to this book specifically as an inspiration, and you can really see that in a lot of places. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
28
Section 3
46
Section 4
54
Section 5
80
Section 6
91
Section 7
117
Section 8
129
Section 16
242
Section 17
252
Section 18
278
Section 19
309
Section 20
320
Section 21
358
Section 22
366
Section 23
375

Section 9
134
Section 10
145
Section 11
163
Section 12
183
Section 13
202
Section 14
222
Section 15
240
Section 24
384
Section 25
434
Section 26
496
Section 27
498
Section 28
504
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About the author (2017)

Polymath William Morris (1834-96) was a prolific writer of novels and essays as well as a translator of medieval texts. Although best known in his lifetime as a poet, Morris is chiefly remembered today for his designs, which he issued from his highly successful decorative arts firm. He also founded the Kelmscott Press, which he dedicated to the hand-printing of a select number of beautiful books.

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