here), Theor sees:
winged shadows, weaving and vanishing -
- and hears:
flutings and chimings from the flying creatures;
the thrumming of the cords binding him to his improvised parachute.
Borne down by the wind out of the smoke, he sees:
the sky as "...an immense black vault..." (p. 96);
the sun, for the first time in his life;
red clouds below him;
umbras and penumbras;
a circular rainbow caused by ice crystals;
lilla and pirell-brown forests;
around him, the flying "Hidden Folk" -
- three feet high;
broad membranous wings;
two legs with grasping toes;
arms with hands and opposable thumbs;
some carrying ropes or harpoons;
lacking throat pouches or gills;
calling from their mouths;
breathing like human beings.
Another race of Flying Men.