The Story of the Glittering Plain


Read by Phil Benson

(4.6 stars; 12 reviews)

In this early example of the modern high fantasy genre, Hallblithe, a warrior of the House of Raven, sets out in pursuit of the pirates who have kidnapped his troth-plight maiden, the Hostage. Kidnapped himself, Hallblithe sails to the Isle of Ransom in the company of the giant Puny Fox. Travelling onward to the Land of the Glittering Plain, he spurns the offer of eternal youth and the hand of the King's daughter to continue the search for his beloved. First published in 1890 in the English Illustrated Magazine, The Story of the Glittering Plain was re-published in 1973 as the first volume of the celebrated Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library. This recording is read from the gloriously printed 1891 Kelmscott Press edition, with illustrations by Walter Crane. (Phil Benson) - Summary by Phil Benson (5 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Of those Three who came unto Hallblithe to the House of the Raven 5:25 Read by Phil Benson
Evil tidings come to hand at Cleveland 8:26 Read by Phil Benson
The Warriors of the Raven search the Seas 4:19 Read by Phil Benson
Now Hallblithe taketh the Sea 5:17 Read by Phil Benson
They come unto the Isle of Ransom 23:01 Read by Phil Benson
Of a Dwelling of Man on the Isle of Ransom 14:49 Read by Phil Benson
A Feast in the Isle of Ransom 21:51 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe taketh ship again away from the Isle of Ransom 7:38 Read by Phil Benson
They come to the Land of the Glittering Plain 18:03 Read by Phil Benson
They hold converse with Folk of the Glittering Plain 10:19 Read by Phil Benson
The Sea-eagle reneweth his life 9:47 Read by Phil Benson
They look on the the King of the Glittering Plain 10:30 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe beholdeth the woman who loveth him 11:43 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe has speech with the King again 12:00 Read by Phil Benson
Yet Hallblithe speaketh with the King 7:39 Read by Phil Benson
Those three go their ways to the edge of the Glittering Plain 11:41 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe amongst the Mountains 23:02 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe dwelleth in the wood alone 11:35 Read by Phil Benson
Hallblithe builds him a skiff 14:53 Read by Phil Benson
So now saileth Hallblithe away from the Glittering Plain 22:59 Read by Phil Benson
Of the Fight of the Champions in the Hall of the Ravagers 32:37 Read by Phil Benson
They go from the Isle of Ransom and come to Cleveland by the Sea 16:57 Read by Phil Benson