The Coming of the Dragon (Legacy of Beowulf)

By Rebecca Barnhouse

Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this fabulous retelling of the top of the outdated English poem Beowulf.

When he used to be a child, Rune washed up onshore in a ship, besides a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. a few humans concept he used to be a sacrifice to the gods and desired to ship him correct again to the ocean. fortunately for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman dwelling on a farm some distance faraway from the king’s corridor, to elevate as she observed fit.

Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring at the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he involves the corridor every one wintry weather for guns education. yet one way or the other he by no means fairly suits in. many folks nonetheless worry he'll carry a curse at the nation. Then a bad factor occurs. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, an individual awakens a dragon. it's time for Rune to discover the warrior within himself and turn out to the doubters as soon as and for all that he's a real hero.

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For you, it grew to become out,” Embla acknowledged. at any time when Rune requested Amma approximately it, even though, she became the topic again to the king. “He secure you simply because he recalls the legends, similar as I do,” Amma stated. as though that have been a solution. but if Rune requested her to provide an explanation for, she simply shook her head. “Ask the bard a good way to understand. ” She knew in addition to he did boy like him wouldn’t have the braveness to question the one-eyed poet. The king may need kept his existence, yet he may possibly do not anything to unfastened Rune from people’s suspicion or their ridicule. Skyn and Skoll had in simple terms been mewling crib-children whilst the little boat got here ashore, yet that didn’t cease them from telling Rune he’d been a shit-covered child whose personal mom didn’t wish him. the truth that they have been most likely correct made their name callings lower deeper. they usually have been bound to repeat loudly in Rune’s listening to no matter what Dayraven or others stated approximately Rune bringing a curse at the nation. It were years considering the fact that an individual had pointed out the curse, and Rune was hoping Dayraven had forgotten it. in the course of guns education, he had attempted, with out a lot good fortune, to provoke the warrior, hoping to teach him how a lot of an asset he will be to the houseguard. thankfully, Dayraven hardly ever stayed within the corridor in the course of Finn’s education classes. A concept struck Rune, making him jerk at the reins and inflicting Hairy-Hoof to toss her head and whinny. “Sorry, girl,” he whispered, stroking her neck. “Do you would like a relaxation? ” He swung himself down from her again to run along for some time. As he did, he appeared sideways on the mountain. might be Dayraven have been correct. probably he used to be cursed. may he have someway awoken the dragon via going to the crag on the among Time? there has been lots that he didn’t learn about himself. Amma knew, notwithstanding; he was once convinced of it. no less than, she knew greater than she had ever informed him. He had noticeable the best way she held again whilst she advised stories prior to the fireplace, how she wove phrases jointly till they got here too on the subject of his tale. Then she stopped or took a develop into a special story, one she’d make sure to make him examine. Rune gripped the pendant. while he bought again to the farm, he’d ask her to inform him. No, he’d make her inform him. He needed to understand. He was once the right age to be a warrior; it was once time she stopped treating him like a toddler. It used to be half-light by the point he reached the runestone that marked the sting of Hwala’s lands—the comparable time the dragon had emerged an afternoon sooner than. As stiff as Rune’s physique was once, he felt his shoulders stiffen extra. He scanned the sky and saved his ears taut, yes that each sound he heard was once a dragon, now not the decision of a poultry settling in for the evening. He used to be blissful to be close to the top of the adventure. regardless of the difficulty he’d be in from Hwala for every thing he’d performed, he’d welcome a hot meal and his personal pallet around the hearth from Amma’s. He shook his head as he reviewed his transgressions: wasting Ollie, going to the crag at twilight, going directly to the king rather than to the farm. He’d most likely also be blamed for Hairy-Hoof’s absence rather than praised for bringing her again.

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