Getting to Know William Morris and The House of the Wolfings

In the last nine years of his life, William Morris wrote a series of imaginative fictions usually referred to as the “prose romances”. His work has been credited as an important milestones in the history of fantasy fiction, because, while other writers wrote of foreign lands, or of dream worlds, or the future, Morris’s works were the first to be set in an entirely invented fantasy world. His literary contributions thus helped to establish the modern fantasy genre.

Below is our recap of William Morris
and The House of the Wolfings:

William Morris is perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature.sample“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”   ― William Morris

The House of the Wolfings:

9781598188677_1This book tells the story of the House of the Wolfings, a tribal family in northern Germany fighting against the advance of the Roman legionaries. Written in prose and verse in the unique style of William Morris the book is a unique blending of history and fantasy offering an immersion into the magic tapestry of Morris’s world.

William Morris’s ingenious recreation of a lost age makes “The House of the Wolfings” a boundary line in the evolution of fantastic literature. A rare treat for those who enjoy fantasy, Victorian literature . . . and lost treasures of all sorts. His literature has influenced authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in the classic writings of The Lord Of The Rings and The Chronicles Of Narnia.

 Can you answer this trivia?

What is the name of the Gothic chieftain who is the hero in the historical romance, The House of the Wolfings?

A. Asmund          B. Aroam          C. Thiodolf          D. TheodoricarminiusThe correct answer was C. Thiodolf

Words from William Morris:

william morris 1“Do not be deceived by the outside appearance of order in our plutocratic society. It fares with it as it does with the older norms of war, that there is an outside look of quite wonderful order about it; how neat and comforting the steady march of the regiment; how quiet and respectable the sergeants look; how clean the polished cannon … the looks of adjutant and sergeant as innocent-looking as may be, nay, the very orders for destruction and plunder are given with a quiet precision which seems the very token of a good conscience; this is the mask that lies before the ruined cornfield and the burning cottage, and mangled bodies, the untimely death of worthy men, the desolated home.”  ― William Morris

More of William Morris:

Morris is known as the father of the Arts and Crafts movement. He was also a Victorian. Victorians had a strong interest in the meanings of flowers which could send a coded message, expressing things that were best left unexpressed in Victorian society.William Morris, Lily and Pomegranate tiles

“No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.” ~William Morris

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