William Morris: The Roots of the Mountains

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In November of 1889, William Morris’s The Roots of the Mountains was published by Reeves & Turner, the second of his series of eight prose romances that he wrote during the last decade of his life. Its predecessor, The House of the Wolfings (1888), recounts the successful struggles of a first-century Gothic tribe against an army of invading Romans. The new book is in many ways a sequel to the earlier one. It too describes a Gothic tribe’s struggles against an invader — this time the Huns, whose violent interactions with the Gothic tribes began in the last quarter of the fourth century. In The Roots of the Mountains a heroic tribe called the Sons of the Wolf or the House of the Wolf plays a large role; …

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Boenig, Robert. "The Roots of the Mountains". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2007
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