The Roots of the Mountains
Wherein Is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbours, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms
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The Roots of the Mountains Wherein Is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbours, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms

By William Morris
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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 is a fantasy romance by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with an element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first published in hardcover by Reeves and Turner in 1889. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its republication by the Newcastle Publishing Company as the nineteenth volume of the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library in April, 1979.
According to Graham Seaman, "The Roots of the Mountains seems to be the story that inspired the subplot of the Dunedain, wanderers of a fading heroic past defending the frontiers of the Shire against the Orcs, and the loves of Aragorn, Eowyn, Faramir, and Arwen in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings."
This work and its predecessor, The House of the Wolfings, are to some degree historical novels, with little or no magic. Morris went on to develop the new genre established in these works in such later fantasies as The Wood Beyond the World, Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair, The Well at the World's End, The Water of the Wondrous Isles and The Sundering Flood.
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Table of Contents
  • THE ROOTS OF THE MOUNTAINS WHEREIN IS TOLD SOMEWHAT OF THE LIVES OF THE MEN OF BURG- DALE THEIR FRIENDS THEIR NEIGHBOURS THEIR FOEMEN AND THEIR FELLOWS IN ARMS
  • CONTENTS.
  • 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 XVII.  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.
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