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The tale tells that in times long past there was a dwelling of men beside a great wood. Before it lay a plain, not very great, but which was, as it were, an isle in the sea of woodland, since even when you stood on the flat ground, you could see trees everywhere in the offing, though as for hills, you could scarce say that there were any; only swellings-up of the earth here and there, like the upheavings of the water that one sees at whiles going on amidst the eddies of a swift but deep stream.
The tale of the House of the Wolfings in its struggles against the legionaries of Rome then advancing into Northern Germany.
William Morris (1834-1896)
William Morris, generally credited with originating the genre of modern heroic fantasy, was a man of many achievements: poet, novelist, artist, designer and printer of fine books. He is best known for his work as a designer of furniture and fabrics and as the author of a number of novels set in almost medieval but imaginary worlds of great beauty. These works of literature have been influential to many fantasy authors, such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein.
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