The House of the Wolfings


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(4.3 stars; 5 reviews)

William Morris was a writer, illustrator and medievalist from the Romantic period and associated with other renowned authors of the time such as Dante Rossetti. His fascination with ancient Germanic and Norse people dominated his writings, the first to be set in an entirely invented fantasy world and which helped to establish the fantasy genre.

The House of Wolfings (1890), some argue, is a demonstration of Morris' socialism as the society described, though not an utopia, is clan-based, elects leaders and makes decisions in clan tribal meetings. Notwithstanding, it tells the story of how Thiodolf and his clan - the Wolfings - fight and vanquish the Roman invaders. The book is built with Morris' knowledge of the historical period and his own idealistic views, which allow him to combine facts and mythical elements. Thiodolf is protected by a dwarfish coat of mail, given to him by his lover Wood Sun, herself one of the Vala, the immortals. But things are not what they seem and what is meant to protect him, is also a curse... (Summary by Sailormoon) (8 hr 17 min)

Chapters

01 - The Dwellings of Mid-Mark 15:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
02 - The Flitting of the War-Arrow 14:32 Read by Elizabeth Klett
03 - Thiodolf Talketh with the Wood-Sun 27:27 Read by Keri Ford
04 - The House Fareth to the War 16:13 Read by ToddHW
05 - Concerning the Hall-Sun 20:43 Read by ToddHW
06 - They Talk on the Way to the Folk-Thing 15:33 Read by ToddHW
07 - They Gather to the Folk-Mote 16:02 Read by ToddHW
08 - The Folk-Mote of the Markmen 29:03 Read by ToddHW
09 - The Ancient Man of the Daylings 7:10 Read by Caeliveres
10 - That Carline Cometh to the Roof of the Wolfings 7:26 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
11 - The Hall-Sun Speaketh 7:42 Read by Amy Gramour
12 - Tidings of the Battle in Mirkwood 15:34 Read by Snaefaxi
13 - The Hall-Sun Saith Another Word 7:28 Read by NastassiaS
14 - The Hall-Sun is Careful Concerning the Passes of the Wood 11:29 Read by Snaefaxi
15 - They Hear Tell of the Battle on the Ridge 22:04 Read by Snaefaxi
16 - How the Dwarf-wrought Hauberk was Brought Away from the Hall of the Daylin… 8:03 Read by Keri Ford
17 - The Wood-Sun Speaketh with Thiodolf 21:09 Read by Snaefaxi
18 - Tidings Brought to the Wain-Burg 14:29 Read by Snaefaxi
19 - Those Messengers Come to Thiodolf 17:28 Read by Snaefaxi
20 - Otter and his Folk Come into Mid-Mark 22:29 Read by Mike Pelton
21 - They Bicker About the Ford 13:55 Read by Christine Richardson
22 - Otter Falls on Against his Will 17:58 Read by Christine Richardson
23 - Thiodolf Meeteth the Romans in the Wolfing Meadow 13:23 Read by Caeliveres
24 - The Goths are Overthrown by the Romans 10:13 Read by Caeliveres
25 - The Host of the Markmen Cometh into the Wild-Wood 19:42 Read by Mike Pelton
26 - Thiodolf Talketh with the Wood-Sun 21:55 Read by ToddHW
27 - They Wend to the Morning Battle 9:37 Read by ToddHW
28 - Of the Storm of Dawning 17:55 Read by John Holdway
29 - Of Thiodolf's Storm 24:59 Read by Mike Pelton
30 - Thiodolf is Borne out of the Hall and Otter is Laid Beside Him 15:41 Read by Elizabeth Klett
31 - Old Asmund Speaketh over the War-Dukes: The Dead are Laid in Mound 14:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

good story, mixed readings

(4 stars)

I really enjoyed this one. The mispronunciations and varied quality of some of the readers was distracting at times but it didn't ruin the story for me.

really good,more of a saga than anything.quite educational

(5 stars)