Saxon raiders again defeated. Val meets Saint Patrick. Aleta returns to Misty Isles and reestablishes her authority. Val and Gawain go on 2nd pilgrimage to Holy Land. Overland trip back to Thule; Aleta kidnapped by Dragda Khan. Arvak becomes Val's warhorse. Visit to London; return to Thule. Arn goes away to Inner Lands for training. Council of Kings held in Thule. Val and Aleta return to Camelot, stay in London.
Val cleans out Saxon camps. Merlin led into limbo by Nimue the water maiden. Val rescues Gawain in Wales. Patrick actually d. Arn returns to his family. Missions in Rome where Empire crumbling and Gaul. Misadventures with Monk Wojun in Camelot. Siege of Carlisle. Launcelot and Guinevere's romance causes conflict in Camelot.
Battle of Badon Hill final Saxon invasion. Guerilla war in Thule. Mordred's invasion. Holiday at seashore, adventures in Camelot. Val and Gawain held as slaves in Dathram, lead revolt. Misty Isles navy rearmed against invaders. Katwin marries Helge Hakkon. Peace with Saxons maintained with difficulty. Diplomatic mission in Wales. Geoffrey marries Adele. Arn held for ransom in Wales. Age of chivalry envelops Camelot anachronism.
Val rescues Arn from Morgan Le Fay. Aleta and Val separate over jealously and misunderstanding; Aleta returns to Misty Isles while Val wanders about Britain; couple reunited after Val's roundabout trip across Africa. JC Murphy art begins. Adventures in Aegean area, then return to Camelot. Arn visits Thule with Boltar's son Hatha, falls in love with Lydia Haakon, wanders about Europe when she mistakenly rejects him.
Couple finally reunited in Thule. Siege of Thessalriga. Arn studies statecraft at Camelot. Tomboy Karen emulates Amazon. Misty Isles defended against pirates. Arn's girlfriend Lydia killed in snowslide; dejected Arn meets and rejected by another girl, Grace, then returns to Camelot. Arvak dies of old age. Galan brought to Britain to be trained as palace pageboy.
War in Irish Sea. Foster writing ends. Feature Book 26, Mckay, PV , Prince Valiant on the Inland Sea, H. Prince Valiant's Perilous Voyage, H. Prince Valiant and the Golden Princess, H. Prince Valiant in the New World, H.
Prince Valiant and the 3 Challengers, H. Prince Valiant Vol. Prince Valiant 1, ST Enterprises, ca. Prince Valiant , Pacific C. Prince Valiant ,,,, Comic Gallery, Official Prince Valiant, P. Also adaptation of PV movie. Reprint Hooka Publications, The Christmas Story: No further information currently available on this limited-run newspaper strip by Foster. This information is for personal use only, no reuse or reposting is allowed without permission, please. Prince Valiant, one of the finest works ever to be produced in the comic art medium, was the creation of artist Harold R.
Foster b. August 16, , Halifax, Nova Scotia; d. July 25, , Spring Hill, Florida. Foster, often called Hal, was a man with little formal education besides art school. He reportedly led an adventurous early life, began a commercial art career in Winnepeg, Manitoba in , and moved to Chicago in to get more art training at the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
After several years as a successful commercial artist and serious painter, Foster entered the newspaper illustration field in because of the lack of advertising work during the Depression. It is said that he did not take syndicated cartooning seriously until , when his first feature, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, became popular and elicited much fan mail. Realizing the pleasure his work gave to the public, Foster began to work more painstakingly and made the Tarzan page an artistic as well as commercial success.
In order to reach his full artistic potential, Foster needed an outlet of greater scope, and in , the 44 year old artist left United Features Syndicate and Tarzan to work for King Features on his own epic creation, Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur. In Prince Valiant, Foster gives us the beautifully illustrated story of a believable, admirable young man who grows up in an exciting, exotic environment and becomes involved in many of the major events of medieval history and legend.
The culture of the early Vikings and Britons comes alive amidst the grandeur of Arthurian mythology. As a work of comic art, Prince Valiant stands high and alone because of its high quality and distinctive format. Foster was nearly as good a writer as he was an illustrator, making Prince Valiant a total work of art in both its literary and visual components -- a very rare feat for comics. However, it must be understood that Prince Valiant is not exactly a normal comic strip in the usual sense of the term, because word balloons are never used, and the words and pictures are not truly combined to work equally and synergistically to tell the stories.
Foster's text was generally his major storytelling tool, with drawings serving mainly as beautiful embellishments. We can therefore almost consider Prince Valiant to be a massive illustrated novel presented in a comic art - like style. For over forty years, Prince Valiant grew up before our eyes, met many fascinating friends and enemies, lived through exciting adventures all over the world, married, and raised a lovely family which is still growing. In this publication we summarize the major events in the lives of "Val" and his compatriots and family and point out important facts in the development of the strip, as well as placing the stories in historical perspective.
We hope that this "index" will serve not only as an important reference tool and monument to Foster's genius, but will also capture some of the excitement, charm and verisimilitude of the story of Prince Valiant. The stories illustrated in the Prince Valiant pages were said at times to have been derived from an imaginary set of "Chronicles" preserved from the middle ages.
The historical background of these ancient times are quite interesting and need to be discussed at the outset in order to place the stories in context. In the Prince Valiant strip, historical events are actually generally described relatively accurately but are quite intentionally rearranged or moved to fit the time scheme of the stories. Foster, as we will see, set his stories in the middle of the 5th century, one of the most colorful and eventful eras of early European history.
At this time, the Roman Empire had begun to dissolve and had abandoned the British Isles. England then began to suffer many attacks from the Saxons Germanic tribes from Eastern Europe and the Picts early inhabitants of Scotland. The beginnings of Arthurian mythology seem to lie in that period, in the tales told by the early bards of Britain and Wales during the Saxon invasions 5th-6th centuries A.
These tales may have been based partly on the exploits of a real Celtic tribal chief who helped the ancient Britons hold out against the invaders, but also are similar to characters and situations from early Celtic mythology. The term "Celtic" refers to an iron age European tribal group and to the language and peoples descended from them, chiefly in Brittany, Wales, western Ireland, and the Scottish higlands.
Such heroic legends, enriched further by tales from the continent chiefly France , developed into the classical Arthurian romances of the 12th to 15th centuries. Among the most well-known and important Arthurian myths are the Quest for the Holy Grail probably derived from a Celtic myth of a magic cauldron which the gods fought over and grafted into the Christian tale of Jesus' cup from the Last Supper , the romance of Sir Tristram and Queen Isolde, and the romance of Launcelot and Guinevere. Perhaps surprisingly, these tales are all mentioned but briefly in the Prince Valiant series.
The Wizard Merlin Ambroseus, another famous Arthurian character who may have been based on a real Welsh bard who was in the service of Kings Uther and Arthur during the Saxon invasions, does feature prominently in several Prince Valiant stories. Finally, it should be noted that although Foster included many myths and historical events and allusions not from the 5th century in the Prince Valiant stories, all of British mythology is historically dubious, so that Foster's slight rearrangements of history and legend are not inappropriate or without precedent.
For example, "knights" actually existed in England only from about to though the honorary title of course still exists , and the code of chivalry also did not really develop until about the 12th century. In fact, the entire "Golden Age", romantic outlook of Arthurian mythology is sheer fantasy -- an obvious example of writers attributing their own contemporary attitudes and ideals to previous cultures which may have actually been quite barbaric. Foster merely added his own anachronistic elements; indeed, he always was said to have proudly claimed that he had condensed many centuries of European history into Val's brief lifetime.
It certainly makes interesting reading for us! Note: Prince Valiant is actually a massive, continuous illustrated novel. Most of the stories blend into one another smoothly; divisions are made herein, at times somewhat arbitrarily, for descriptive convenience. Parts of story synopses enclosed in parentheses or divided into several parts are brief interludes or "sub-stories" embedded within the context of larger, longer stories. The story titles, divisions, and synopses are original to this index but drawn from Foster's captions where possible.
Young Prince Valiant shown only as a small boy in pages and not assuming the leading role until page 3 begins his career of adventure as he grows up in the rugged swamplands. The witch, who is introduced in page 9 and reappears many times in subsequent years, foresees a future of "high adventure, but nowhere contentment," for the young teenager who will be haunted by this prophecy for much of his life. She also predicts great sorrow, and Val returns home to find that his mother has died.
An encounter with Sir Launcelot, the greatest knight in Christendom, inflames Val with the desire to become a knight. The pauper prince begins by capturing and training a wild horse. The young prince learns about knighthood and helps Gawain capture Sir Negarth, a robber knight. The hot-headed youth gets into a fight with other squires and is thrown into a cell. A battle with the Northmen breaks out, but heartbroken Val is forbidden to participate due to his apparent lack of self-control.
They decoy him and Val into accepting a false quest: the restoration of eeriwold Castle, which is held by a "terrible ogre," to the Lady Morvyn. Gawain is captured in an ambush and taken to another hidden castle, but Val escapes. Disguised, the Prince enters the castle, discovers the plot, and helps Gawain escape. Val and the wounded Gawain return to Camelot. King Arthur interrupts the Tournament of the Queen's Diamonds to lead his knights to punish the kidnappers.
Val falls in love with the slim, pretty blonde Val's first love is introduced in page The quest is interrupted by a battle with an evil red knight, whereby Gawain is wounded and is left to recover at a nearby house of an old hermit. Alone, Val disguises himself as a demon, sneaks into the captured castle, and frightens the Ogre of Sinster Wood and his followers.
The superstitious ogre dies of sheer terror, and Val soon clears out the remaining outlaws. Ilene's father, the Thane of Branwyn, is liberated. As a reward for his service, Val asks for Ilene's hand in marriage, but the Thane informs him that Ilene has already been promised to Arn, Prince of Ord. Val vows to fight for Ilene. When Val rides to Morgan's castle, "Dolorous Garde", to confront the witch, he is given drugged wine and put into a cell. After weeks of horror, Val escapes and runs to Camelot, seeking the advice of Merlin, the wizard, advisor to the King.
Merlin's magic spell forces the sorceress to release Gawain. The heartbroken boy leaves for Ord to fight for the hand of Ilene. When Val encounters his rival Arn is introduced in page 67 , their conflict is interrupted by news that Ilene was kidnapped by Viking raiders while on her way to Ord.
The princes forget their quarrel and ride to rescue her. They are stopped by some of the Vikings. Val battles valiantly of course but is captured and becomes a prisoner along with Ilene. Arn follows the Vikings with an armed ship. When Arn and his knights catch up, they win the ensuing battle, but Thagnar, the rover chief, escapes with Ilene during a storm. Val and Arn leave their ship to seek Ilene on foot. They are horrified to learn that she and Thagnar have been killed in a shipwreck! Dejected, the two weary, heartbroken princes return to Camelot.
Comment: Cutout "stamps" picturing the main characters were an added feature on the corner of the strip logo starting with page 83 and ending with In order to impress the King, Val enters the Great Tournament. Embarrassed when he loses a joust with Sir Tristram, one of England's greatest knights, Val leaves Camelot and returns after two long years to his old home in the mysterious Fens. Val again sees his father, the exiled King of Thule, who now has only a small swampy island and a few faithful warriors. Val secretly plans to help Aguar regain his lost kingdom but is interrupted when he learns of a pending Saxon invasion of England -- the tenth and greatest.
With but 10, men, Britain faces an army of 20, Saxon warriors in the Fens. Using flames, smoke, and arrows, Val drives the invaders directly into the hands of the King's men. Amid the wreckage of the battlefield, Arthur makes the resourceful Prince Valiant a Knight of the Round Table in page The oppressed people of Thule apparently the site of modern Norway rally to support their exiled King.
A battle is not necessary, for the old, sick tyrant King Sligon has tired of his difficult life and trades back the kingdom of Thule for the tiny, peaceful island in the quiet English swamps. Aguar quickly reorganizes his government. Little Claris schemes to become the bride of Prince Valiant and future Queen of Thule, but accidentally falls in love with a man named Alfred.
Lonely Val asks Claris to marry him but lightheartedly gives her up when he realizes she loves Alfred. He takes refuge from a storm in what he believes is an empty cave and is startled to find a beautiful witch woman who gives him a potent drink. Going deeper into the cave, Val wrestles with an old man who is a personification of Time, and the young Prince suddenly is turned into an old man. The witch woman restores his youth and Val rides away in a fit of terror. All Europe has been burned and pillaged by the Huns, and only the city of Andelkrag still stands. Val slips through the besieging Huns and joins the gallant defenders of the city.
For months the fierce might of Attila persists, and the walls of Andelkrag finally crumble just as the food and drink runs out. As death approaches, the women commit suicide and the men march out from their burning fortress to meet their fate as brave warriors. One battered survivor -- Prince Valiant -- leaves the smoldering ruins when the fighting ends. A series of daring raids on the barbarians takes place. Val and the real Duke, Cesario, restore the city to freedom from tyranny and from the influence of the Huns. Val and his aides next seek a plan whereby their army of 7, can halt the 20, Huns sent to clear and important pass and open the way for further onslaught of Europe.
Using a daring strategy based on the story of the Trojan Horse, Val's band slips into the Huns' base and takes over, leaving the Huns without food in the barren mountains. Val's army soon meets the Huns on an open field and defeats them. Finally, Val has shown the world that the Huns are not invincible, and they become nothing more than petty raiders. Slith falls in love with Hulta, who is soon installed as the new ruler of the conquered lands, and the two decide to marry.
Val declines suggestions that he lead a war of extermination against the hated Huns, explaining that he pledges his sword only in the cause of justice and freedom, and wars of aggression would be but breeders of future wars. Finally, after a banquet in honor of the marriage of Slith and Hulta, the hour of parting comes. They stop for a night at a tavern where three gamblers, masquerading as noblemen, entice Gawain into a dice game and fleece him. The knights resume their journey down the road to Rome, which leads down from the snowy Alps to the marshy plains bordering the Adriatic Sea.
On the way, the comrades help a small local tribe establish a city later to be known as Venice! As the leisurely journey continues, the three fellows of the Round Table encounter much ruin and decay, for the Empire is crumbling. Near Ravenna, Val helps an Oriental jewel merchant recover some stolen gems.
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As a reward, the merchant gives Val a charmed necklace, whose wearer supposedly can never be bound by chains. Comment: The approximate dating of Val's saga is explicitly indicated in this story for the first time, when page mentions that the fall of the Roman Empire at Ravenna which occurred in AD , will be about 20 years later. This and the depiction of the fall of the Huns in the previous stories places these adventures in the 's AD see chronology.
Emperor Valentinian III, jealous of General Aetius' popularity and achievements, sends his assassins out after Aetius, caring nothing for the fate of his empire. The last of the great Roman generals thus falls, and with him the last hope of the Empire. Sirs Tristram and Valiant are witnesses to the sordid deed and are promptly arrested by the emperor's private assassins, accused of the murder, and imprisoned.
Gawain, who has been busy seducing Roman ladies, is also arrested. Just as the evil Emperor is about to put his prisoners to death, the friends of Aetius rebel and permanently put an end to their Emperor's misdeeds. When the three knights see the Emperor fall, they leave Rome immediately, knowing they might be blamed for the killing. Pursuit comes swiftly, but the pampered Roman guardsmen quickly find that they are no match for these turbulent sons of storm and hardship.
The three friends part, for their only chance is to try to escape singly. Tristram chooses to ride North, back past Rome, and follows his heart back to fair Isolde in England see story Gawain rides westward toward the sea and sails to Marseiiles. Val rides South on the Appian way towards Naples and escapes from the Roman soldiers by hiding in the crater of Mount Vesuvius.
Comment: In this tale, Foster, rather than relying on superficial, sweeping overviews of events, shows cleverly how individual idiosyncracies and relationships can determine the course of history. This story is based on true historical events -- the murders of General Flavius Aetius in AD and Emperor Valentinian III in AD , though Foster places it several years before the plunder of Rome by the Vandals story 30 , which actually happened in also see chronology.
A terrible storm drives the ship past dread Scylla and Charybdis and the burning Mountain of Etna, but the Captain guides the ship safely into a nearby bay. Val is chained among the hopeless galley slaves. Using the sharp edges of the charmed necklace of the Oriental jewel merchant story 16 , Val cuts through his chains and escapes from the pirate ship in a small lifeboat.
After days of drifting upon unknown seas, Val awakens from exhausted sleep to see, bending over him, a beautiful, smiling, long-haired blonde girl whose loveliness he will never forget. Then he sleeps again, and upon awakening he finds himself again drifting on a lonely sea, but now the boat is loaded with provisions. An explanatory note is signed by "Aleta, Queen of the Misty Isles. The search ends abruptly when Val is taken hostage by King Lamorack of Tambelaine. He fails, and an angry King Lamorack sentences him to death.
Armed only with a knife, Val is thrown into a pit where a hungry monster lives. After escaping and swimming far out to sea, Val is picked up by a fishing boat and learns from the sailors that his enemy Angor Wrack had married Sombelene who had admired Wrack's ruthless masculinity and sailed on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. After a long trip, Val reaches Jerusalem, where he meets Princess Sombelene, now the wife of his enemy, and she convinces him to try to regain the sword without killing her pirate husband.
Far out in the desert, Val finds his enemy. Again Val uses his sharp-edged charmed necklace to help him and Wrack get loose. The two stealthily steal back their stolen swords and escape. When the angry Arabs follow and attack, Wrack is injured and Val is captured. Wrack is taken back to Damascus by his wife, who was following.
The sword is once again taken away from Val, and he is sold into slavery. Belshad Abu, a pompous Syrian merchant, buys both Val and the sword. Pretending to make love to his master's daughter, Val slips into the harem and tricks the girl into getting the sword back and taking him away. They ride through the desert, where Val gains some armor and freedom and deserts the confused girl. He meets Belsatan, a supposedly evil djinn, who is actually an eccentric, jovial magus.
Belsatan tries to use Val in a scheme to get rid of his pretty but nagging wife, but the wizard soon becomes lonely and summons his wife back. Val is finally able to resume his difficult search for Aleta, Queen of the Misty Isles, but first he has some unfinished business with Angor Wrack.
The quarrel behind them, Val and Wrack become friends. Val rests at Wrack's house in Jerusalem and celebrates his 18th birthday with Sombelene and her pirate husband. Comment: Val has had quite an excitement-filled life for a boy of only 18! Extrapolation from story 30 which is taken as a reference point, AD see chronology places this story in roughly AD, so Val was apparently born in approximately AD.
This very long adventure was a turning point in Val's career because of the introduction in page of Aleta, a woman whom Val was never to forget. Foster claimed to have used his wife Helen as the model for Aleta! The historical authenticity of the Jerusalem episodes especially pages is noteworthy; Foster dots the landscape with accurate drawings of the Holy City and its famous religious landmarks. By this time, Foster's artwork was finally beginning to reach its polished maturity; the drawings were somewhat cruder in the first few years of the strip, as in the earlier Tarzan pages.
On the way, the Prince tries to lead his crew against several bands of fierce Corsairs. The frightened sailors maroon Val on an island and sneak off, but the wind blows them back again. Val reboards, not knowing that while the rascals were away they had stumbled upon and plundered a helpless village in the Misty Isles. A storm damages the ship and again blows it back to the Misty Isles, where the vengeful villagers kill the crew. The horrified young Prince does not realize how richly his men had earned their punishment and thinks the islanders to be violent and evil.
He at last meets Aleta and, thinking she must be a cruel Queen, denounces her and runs away, his romantic dreams shattered. Fleeing with misguided fear, Val stumbles upon a well-stocked boat, which he does not know has been planted by Aleta. He is surprised to find another cryptic note from the lovely young Queen.
Val sails away from what he thinks is a cruel place, and this time he has no wild desire to return. Aleta secretly weeps at the strange boy's departure. In the boat provided by Aleta, Val sails into the busy port of Athens. There, he meets a tall, fat, boisterous, red-haired Viking named Boltar introduced in , he became Val's lifelong friend. The two reminisce about their homeland, and Val decides to sail with Boltar and his pirate crew towards distant Thule. Val is annoyed when Boltar's crew takes a detour southward in search of treasure. They follow the African coastline south.
Boltar glides his ship up a jungle river toward the location indicated on a treasure map. The search is canceled when Val and his men run into huge, monstrous African animals that fill them with terror. The Vikings quickly sail out of the jungle and resume their northward journey. After a month of traveling, the pirates stop at a seaport in Gaul for supplies and repairs. Val gives all his hard-earned store of gold to ransom his old friend, but the treacherous Haakon sends his horsemen out to recapture them.
The two knights are unable to reach Boltar's ship before it leaves the port, but they are pleased to find that Boltar had laid waste to Haakon's castle before going. Penniless and afoot, the two knights encounter Dame Gilbert, and glib Gawain so pleases her that she invites them home and gets them horses. Hugh's nephew, Raoul D'Arcy, loses his heart to Hubert's young daughter, Clair, sneaks into his enemy's castle, and is captured by Prince Valiant.
When D'Arcy's forces ram their way into the castle, they become trapped in a cul-de-sac and are killed by falling debris. Although Hubert has won the battle, he loses both the D'Arch castle and his daughter to Raoul. Val and Gawain stay for the wedding and a week of enjoyable boar hunting before they must leave. Our heroes pass by a humorous battle between two inept, aged knights "The Battle of the Behemoths," Prince Valiant and Sir Gawain go to search the haunted ruins of ill-famed Blacktower, stronghold of Gaiforte's long-dead enemies.
There they find that the missing Thane is a prisoner, but they, too, are trapped by a strange madwoman, who tries to set fire to the Blacktower. The knights escape from their cell and rescue sick Robert just before the evil tower crumbles. After returning Robert to his wife and restoring the friendship of Robert and his former enemy Givric, Val and Gawain begin the long northward journey across Brittany towards Camelot. When they reach the English Channel, they encounter Boltar, who is embroiled in trouble with Sir Launcelot. Launcelot happily greets his fellow knights and has Boltar sail them to England.
Britain's security is threatened by an alliance of Picts and Vikings. King Arthur sends Sir Valiant to examine the old "Roman Wall," to see if it can again be used to defend the northern borders of the realm. Alone in the wintry countryside, Val searches for and finds the long wall, which was built from sea to sea by Hadrian to hold back the wild Picts of Scotland and which was abandoned when the Romans left Britain in A. Julian, grandson of a Roman centurion left behind to guard the wall, helps Val with his investigation.
Val passes the wall, enters Scotland, and finds the reported Viking invasion base. The Vikings discover the spy and question him under torture. Gawain, who had lazily remained behind, catches up and recklessly rescues what the cruel Northmen had left of his young friend.
When Arthur learns of Val's mistreatment, he angrily leads his warriors northward. Soon, the armies of King Arthur and Horsa the Viking, face each other near the Roman Wall, neither side daring to initiate an assault. Thundaar, champion of the Vikings, challenges the best of Arthur's knights to single combat. After the brute kills an inexperienced young knight, Val angrily steps forth and defeats the strong but clumsy Viking.
Val then leads a troop of reckless young horsemen against the Viking supply lines, taking vast quantities of stores, which Val lets fall into the hands of the Picts. When the hungry Vikings find the Picts eating their food, they fall upon their allies. The powerful alliance breaks down, thanks to Val's strategy, and Arthur's army is able to stand by lazily as the enemies of Britain slay each other. The wall was intended to protect England from Scottish warriors, and it still stands between Carlisle and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Deep in the swamps Val asks the old witch for a spell to help him forget the bewitching young queen, but all he gets is the same old prophecy of adventure, wealth, turmoil and discontent. Heartsick, he seeks the advice of Merlin Ambroseus. The wise old man makes Val realize that he really already has anything a young man could want: adventure, a noble cause to fight for, good friends and splendid enemies, travel, and a maiden to love.
There is no such thing as complete contentment, Merlin explains. Confused, Val returns to Camelot. A variety of brief adventures ensues. One evening, a crafty hermit offers hospitality to Prince Valiant and Beric, his squire, but tries to murder Val for his money. Val promptly hangs the miscreant and soon after deals with his outlaw companions. When the two stop to fix Beric's saddle girth, Val makes use of the time by befriending a young crippled boy, giving him a three-legged dog and encouragement to manufacture arrows for the King.
At London, Val books passage on a large ship heading towards Scandia Sweden and then rescues Lady Olga and her daughter Katwein from a band of kidnappers. The two women are also bound for Sweden, and Val sneaks them aboard his ship. When the "Poseidon" takes off, Val and Katwein become aware of an unwelcome additional passenger: Skurl, Thane of Hedmark, the over-zealous admirer of fair Katwein who had been responsible for the kidnapping attempt. As the ship slowly wallows north towards Northland Norway , it is beset by floods, fires, and broken timbers and just barely reaches the shore.
When it seems like Skurl has been killed in the turmoil and wreckage, Katwein sadly admits that she really loved him. The blackguard turns up alive, and he is happy to wake up to her smiling face. The two lovers and some other passengers continue on by land, while Val, Beric, and a few others salvage a small boat and sail on towards Trondheim. An undersea earthquake and tidal wave and a terrifying encounter with a ghastly sea monster follow.
Finally, after months of hardship and danger, Val and Beric sail up Trondheimfjord to Trondheim. They find that Aguar is holding a great tournament to celebrate the signing of a treaty with Valgrind, King of the Inner Lands. Suspicious, Val disguises himself as a troubadour, joins Valgrind's band, and discovers that there is a plot against Aguar's throne.
Val comes home after three years of adventuring across the world since story 13, actually four years earlier. Just as Valgrind prepares his warriors to capture Aguar's stronghold, Val kidnaps the plotter and threateningly forces the warriors to give up their plans and return home to the Inner Lands. The formal reunion of Val and his father is happy and tearful.
Valgrind is, not surprisingly, beheaded and buried with simple dignity. Comment: Page is the last one with "stamps," and the new logo used until began with page The presence of so-called troubadours, who really existed only in France in the 10th to 13th centuries, is a noticeable anachronism in this and many other Prince Valiant tales. Just as he begins to get along with the ladies, an impudent girl named Ingrid puts him in a rage. She reveals her love for him when he "accidentally" gets injured twice. Gradually, the two fall in love, but Eric is ashamed he is only a penniless soldier of fortune.
In order to change that, Ingrid reminds King Aguar of Eric's help in the defense of the castle and has him appointed Jarl of Haldervkik. She leads Eric away to become her slave for life. Aguar feels he has ruled firmly but justly, yet there is revolt along the prosperous coast. Val calls the Vikings together in council to listen to their grievances. He is surprised to find the men to be frustrated inveterate sea-rovers, furious at Aguar's well-meaning attempts to rid Thule of what he calls piracy.
Aguar's beautiful dream of a peaceful, civilized kingdom modeled on Camelot crumbles. He calls in the Vikings and announces that they may return to the seas, urging them to concentrate on exploration and trade and forbidding them to make war on Britain. Because of carelessness, he is soon pushed over a cliff by a wounded stag. A young huntress named Sigrid finds the dazed lad and shelters him in her cabin. The girl has a bitter, crippled friend named Gundar Harl, who is talented at carving model ships.
Gundar had earlier lost his right leg in a shipwreck in the icy north he is introduced in page and is to become a recurring character in later years. The three go searching for Val's horse, which was lost in the accident. Gundar, despairing of ever winning Sigrid and jealous of Val, tries to send them all over a waterfall but fails. Gundar is happy when he finds that Sigrid does love him, and Val is happy when he finds his horse. Before leaving, Val tries to cheer up Gundar and informs him that Thule has need of good ship- builders.
Aguar sends his son and some reinforcements. Val joins the tired, bewildered army and leads it in sullen retreat, but the Finnis come in hot pursuit. Val and his men hide on a glacier as the Finnis pass and slaughter the raiders as they wander back to their camp. After the battle, Val disregards some wise advice and enters the tunnel of the glacier's stream in pursuit of a deer to eat. A great fall of ice blocks the entrance. Trapped in a weirdly beautiful cavern, Val and the deer wait in suspense as the cavern fills with icy water.
The pressure of the pent-up water hurls the icy barrier aside, and the river gushes forth, carrying a lot of debris, some of which is Prince Valiant. Beric warms and revives his ailing master, who soon leads his victorious army home. They treacherously kidnap Val, who is on his way home from the flood story The Prince is tortured and put up for ransom but luckily escapes after giving Einar the torturer a taste of his own cruel treatments.
Meanwhile, Beric has followed his master's trail and sends for Aguar's army. Einar is soon shocked to find his secret stronghold surrounded. Brilliant book. Dec 07, Jake. This book is written Alexandre Dumas this book has a lot of adventure and drama. My favorite part was when he tried to show the guy that he was a good archer and he hit the dear dead center in the target and the guy was surprised this book is GREAT!!!.
Jun 10, Tara Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics-necessary-for-any-library , personal-favorites , booklist-for Although this book was made into several movies and most notably was the origin material for Errol Flynn's Robin Hood, it does stray pretty far from the original material concerning Hood's legend. Nov 29, Satyabrata Mishra rated it it was amazing. I knew the folklore of Robin Hood, but Dumas created a new character in itself; A Robin Hood that was darker, meaner and more fascinating than even before.
Loved it; Read it at the risk of doing miserably in my Vivas but was totally worth it.
Aug 04, Zulfiqar rated it it was amazing. He is christened now. Behold our charming little Robin! The little innocent, in return, smiled upon her, as though the gentle Margaret were indeed his mother. Thus the orphan received the name of Robin Hood. Later on, for some unknown cause, the word "Head" was changed into "Hood," and the little waif became celebrated the world over as Robin Hood. May 15, Naliza Fahro-Rozi rated it it was amazing.
Oct 10, Akshada rated it it was amazing. Omg god I wish I meet man like Robinhood in my life!! What an adventurous man Robinhood was and so caring for his only love Maid Marian!!! Sep 30, Kristen rated it liked it. Different from other Robin Hood tales for two main reasons. I have to say, I prefer the merry folktales, but I will still read the second book in the series. Mar 22, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Since the 13th century there have been tales of a Robin Hood, and more than one author has romanticized these stories. This version by Alexandre Dumas is entertaining, even comedic in places.
A quick, enjoyable read. Jan 30, LawrenceBookworm rated it it was amazing. I love Alexandre Dumas. And it translates so well into English! I discovered his work through the Count of Monte Cristo, then jumped to this book right after, and I love Dumas' version of Robin Hood, highly original and very entertaining.
Awesome book, his style of writing is amazing. The story is different and much more human and historical than any movie ever made about Robin Hood. Mar 04, Tom rated it liked it Shelves: read-in-italian. Fun, and good Italian practice and even a good thing to read in a romance language, given the original was in French , but I've been more impressed by Dumas' other work.
Characterization struck me as a bit too idealized.
Doesn't stand on its own as a single volume work incredibly well, and many plot points lack progression. Based on recollection from years ago, I think Ivanhoe is a better Robin Hood story. Oct 21, Logan rated it it was ok. I liked it, but only because some parts were about Robin Hood. Not really but there was an awful lot of romance. The first five chapters are almost all about their romantic exploits. Another chapter focuses primarily on Will trying to get all of his brothers married at once. And yet all of that romance is astoundingly shallow. The girl says "yes", they are "happily married" and then years later brief mentio I liked it, but only because some parts were about Robin Hood.
The girl says "yes", they are "happily married" and then years later brief mention is made of their children, but it's almost obligatory. For example: Marian is said to learn to shoot the bow and her "lithe figure" clothed in green and bent in the wind. Oh, and during this period Robin became a father. And then several years later Marian dies, and Robin weeps and for years is unhappy. Yet absolutely no mention of whatever child he had. It's almost like it was completely forgotten about by the author. And there are pages and pages of this stuff that apparently don't matter.
Yet, there are enough of Robin Hood's exploits, courage, generosity, that I still enjoyed it somewhat. But Pyle's version was so much better and covered most of the same stories. View all 3 comments. Welcome back to Sherwood Forest Less known today are his tales of Robin Hood. With great pleasure, we present these two old works to a new reading public: electronic book readers.
Aug 24, Daniel rated it it was ok. I have to say I was pretty disappointed by this book. I had very high expectations, because Dumas is my favorite author, but I wasn't satisfied. The dialogue was weak and the story seemed rushed. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else. His very name is synonymous with the s American art movement known as Pop. Who would have predicted that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, would catapult himself into media superstardom?
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