At a glance:
- Author: William Morris
- First Published: 1889
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Fantasy—heroic fantasy
- Time of Work: About 500
- Setting: Central Europe
- Genres: Long fiction, Fantasy, Novel
- Subjects: Love or romance, Europe or Europeans, War, Heroes or heroism, Middle Ages, Sixth century
- Locales: Europe
The Roots of the Mountains is a tale of the Middle Ages. The members of Burgdale, a complacent, peaceful land, learn that vicious Asiatic invaders known as the Dusky Horde are planning to attack them, enslave the men, and rape the women. The Burgdalers comprise three populations: the powerful residents of Burgstead, who live communally in six kinship groups; the independent Dalesmen, who are mainly shepherds; and the Woodlanders, a smaller and decidedly weaker group. They are led to war by Face-of-God, the eldest son of the most powerful family in...
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