Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Fleeing elves scatter booty to delay trollish pursuit as Hrolf Kraki did when pursued by King Adhils.
"...a race half-way between elf and troll, green-skinned and squat but of not unpleasing aspect." (p. 78)
Did we know that or has Poul Anderson just made it up? Valgard the Changeling is the son of the elf Imric and his troll prisoner so is Valgard a goblin?
"...a yellow demon-shape..." (p. 78) is explained as:
"'One of the Cathayan Shen (see also here), whom [the elves] took captive in a raid. He is strong and makes a good slave.'" (p. 79)
The Shen, like a beam of light, can move only in straight lines so a dwarf runs ahead to hold a shield across corners for the Shen to rebound from. Thus, elves fight trolls and enslave Shen, goblins and dwarves.