here. As an eagle, he experiences sharp sight and:
"...the glory of flight, of wind and skyey endlessness..." (p. 128)
- like one of Anderson's Ythrians.
sees further and hears as well as the wolf;
smells better than a man although not as well as the wolf;
tingles with sensations in every hair and whisker;
is swift, supple, lustrous, vain and frolicsome.
A smaller animal, like a weasel or a rat, would have been better for burglary but Skafloc has only three magic skins.
By changing between shapes, he enters Elfheugh and acquires the broken sword which is engraved with runes:
"He had the feeling that the mightiest of these were hidden on the tang." (p. 133)