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The Bondman: A New Saga (Classic Reprint)

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The Bondman: A New Saga (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from The Bondman: A New SagaEre is a beautiful Northern legend of a man who loved a and wooed her and won her for his wife, and then that she was no more than a woman after all. Grown weary, he turned his back upon her and wandered away over the mountains; and there, on the other side of a ravine from where he was, he saw, as he thought, another fairy, who was lovely to look upon and played sweet music and sang a sweet song. Then his heart was filled with joy, who was lovely to look upon and played sweet music and sang a sweet song. Then his heart was filled with joy and bitterness, and he cried Oh, that the gods had given me this one to wife and not the other. At that, with mighty effort and in great peril, he crossed the ravine and made toward the fairy, and she fled from him; but he ran and followed her and overtook her and captured her and turned her face to his face that he might kiss her, and 10! She was his wife! This old folk-tale is half my story - the play of emotions as sweet and light as the footsteps of the shadows that flit over a field of corn.There is another Northern legend of a man who thought he was pursued by a troll. His ricks were fired, his barns unroofed, his cattle destroyed, his lands blasted, and his first-born slain. So he lay in wait for the monster where it lived in the chasms near his house, and in the darkness of night he saw it. With a cry he rushed upon it, and gripped it about the waist, and it turned upon him and held him by the shoulder. Long he wrestled with it, reel ing, staggering, falling and rising again; but at length a flood of strength came to him and he overthrew it, and stood over it, coy ering it, conquering it, with its back across his thigh and his right hand set hard at its throat. Then he drew his knife to kill it, and the moon shot through a rack of cloud, Opening an alley of light about it, and he saw its face, and lo! The face of the troll was his own!This is the other half of my story - the crash of passions as bracing as a black thunderstorm.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more