By Poul Anderson
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This vintage fable takes listeners to an international just like that of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Thor has damaged the sword Tyrfing in order that it can't strike on the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree that binds jointly earth, heaven, and hell. yet now the amazing sword is required back to save lots of the elves of their conflict opposed to the trolls, and basically Skafloc, a human baby abducted and raised by means of the elves, can desire to cajole Bolverk the ice-giant to make Tyrfing entire back. yet Skafloc also needs to confront his shadow self, Valgard the changeling, who has taken his position on the planet of guys.
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It was some time before Ketil got it open and stood spear in hand to see who had come. By then the sleet was thick. Huge and angry, Valgard filled the doorway with his shoulders. Ketil cursed, but stepped aside and let him in. Valgard stalked slowly across the floor. Water from the melting sleet dripped off him. His eyes glittered at the woman, where she crouched on the bench. "You are not very guest-free, brother," he said, and barked a laugh. " "I did not ask you here," said Ketil sullenly. " Valgard was still looking at the woman.
The weather grew unrelentingly cold, until the first snow whispered down. This winter would be long. After a week, Valgard thought it would be best if he returned home. Else others might come looking for him, and fights might break up his crews. But the woman would not come with him. "This is my place and I cannot leave it," she said. "Come, though, whenever you will, Valgard my darling. " "I will be back soon," he vowed. He did not think of carrying her off by force, though he had done that to many before her.
His glance swung to the maidens, who had sat down for want of further strength, forlornly side by side. " "A small gift," said Valgard firmly, "children of my foster father. " Illrede's laughter shocked through the stillness that had fallen. "A goodly gift! " He sprang to the floor, which thudded under his weight, and went over to stand above the girls. Freda and Asgerd looked wildly about them. One could well-nigh read their thoughts: "Where are we? A lightless cave, and Valgard talks to no one, but the echoes are not of his words-" "You should see your new home," leered Illrede, and touched their eyes.