And Gareth Said

"Full pardon, but I follow up the quest, despite of Day and Night and Death and Hell."

I posted once on a character in a book I am reading, a Brandoch Daha, who was a strange, proud, fantastic figure walking lightly on the page. There is another character among a host of characters in my book a little snippet of which I want to share. I like the cool prancing cat-sort character, but equally as well - if not more so - I like the trodden fellow who looks at life with a philosophical smile, the guileless player in the background. Among many reasons, this is why I like

Lord Gro of Goblinland

The Lord Gro lay back, clasping his slender hands behind his head. "Stand, I pray thee," said he, "o' the other side of me, that I may see thy face."

She did so, still threatening him with the sword. And he said smiling, "Divine lady, all my days have I had danger for my bedfellow, and peril of death for my familiar friend; whilom leading a delicate life in princely court, where murther sitteth in the wine-cup and in the alcove; whilom journeying alone in the more perilous lands than this, as witness the Moruna, where the country is full of venomous beasts and crawling poisoned serpents, and the divels be as abundant there as grasshoppers on a hot hillside in summer. He that feareth is a slave, were he never so rich, were he never so powerful. But he that is without fear is king of all the world. Thou hast my sword. Strike. Death shall be a sweet rest to me. Thraldom, not death, should terrify me."

2 ripostes:

  1. Addicted to that book already. Put aside all the biographies for that one.

    Searching out other Eddison titles as well.

    Great gift and much thanks!

    Not convinced on Gro yet, though.

  2. No, he's hard to pin down at first.

    I had to put the book down for a little bit, not because there was anything wrong with it or that I didn't like it, but because it is so massive in its scope. I had to call a feeble truce and take a vacation. With some books, you forget that you are reading a book as you get caught up in the story. Some books, you are aware that you are holding a book as you read the story inside. With The Worm Ouroboros, every time I crack it open I feel like Lessingham, hurled through a tiny portal into a huge world altogether its own.

    It's given me a run for my money, that's for sure.