Nine Threads of Gold

~ A Short Story by Andre Norton


 

 

 

 

Synopsis ~

The world has been conquered by demons, yet a seeker named Lethe, one of the Old Ones travels to a keep hidden in the mountains. There she finds nine children who come from different backgrounds yet their futures will soon be woven together.

 

Write-up of a fan ~

One of the Old Ones comes to a ruined keep, striving to find a way to correct the wrongs done by wars and battles throughout the land.  What she finds is nine children, ranging in age from a boy almost old enough to become a squire, to a toddler.  All the children have seen much of the horrors of the war.  She assists them to turn the keep into a home, and takes some of the old hangings, and mends them with strands of the children's hair.  Later, a Company came riding out of the north (where the keep had been) to clear the barbarians and their Dark worship from the land. It is implied that the Company is composed of the children and/or their descendants. ~ SL

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • After the King (1992) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-85175-8, $22.95, 438pg ~ cover by Keith Parkinson

Contents
    vii • Introduction (After the King: Stories in Honor of J. R. R. Tolkien) • (1992) • essay by Jane Yolen
    1 • Reave the Just • (1992) • novelette by Stephen R. Donaldson
    34 • Troll Bridge • [Discworld] • (1992) • shortstory by Terry Pratchett
    46 • A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple • (1992) • novelette by Robert Silverberg
    71 • The Dragon of Tollin • (1992) • shortstory by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    96 • Faith • (1992) • novelette by Poul Anderson and Karen Anderson
    106 • In the Season of the Dressing of the Wells • (1992) • novella by John Brunner
    151 • The Fellowship of the Dragon • (1992) • novelette by Patricia A. McKillip
    172 • The Decoy Duck • (1992) • novelette by Harry Turtledove
    198 • Nine Threads of Gold • (1992) • novelette by Andre Norton
    224 • The Conjure Man • [Newford] • (1992) • shortstory by Charles de Lint
    242 • The Halfling House • (1992) • novelette by Dennis L. McKiernan
    271 • Silver or Gold • (1992) • novelette by Emma Bull
    307 • Up the Side of the Air • (1992) • novelette by Karen Haber
    327 • The Naga • (1992) • shortstory by Peter S. Beagle
    337 • Revolt of the Sugar Plum Fairies • (1992) • shortstory by Mike Resnick
    348 • Winter's King • (1992) • shortstory by Jane Yolen
    353 • Götterdämmerung • (1992) • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg
    359 • Down the River Road • (1992) • novella by Gregory Benford
    404 • Death and the Lady • (1992) • novelette by Judith Tarr

  • After the King (1992) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by PAN, HC, 0-330-32027-0, £15.99, 534pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Julek Heller
  • After the King (1992) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by PAN, TP, 0-330-32650-3, £6.99, 525pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Julek Heller
  • After the King (1993) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by TOR, TP, 0-312-85353-X, $12.95, 438pg ~ cover by Keith Parkinson - reprinted in 2001 & 2012
  • After the King (1994) Edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-51443-2, $5.99, 501pg ~ cover by Keith Parkinson

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (2004) Included in "Road King: In Memory of Professor J. R. R. Tolkien" (a collection of short stories) ~ Published in Moscow, By AST and St. Petersburg, by Domino, 5-699-08067-8, HC, 704pg ~ translation by I. Togeyeva ~ cover by John Howe ~ Russian title Дорога Короля. Памяти профессора Дж. Р. Р. Толкина

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the Old Ones comes to a ruined keep, striving to find a way to correct the wrongs done by wars and battles throughout the land.  What she finds is nine children, ranging in age from a boy almost old enough to become a squire, to a toddler.  All the children have seen much of the horrors of the war.  She assists them to turn the keep into a home, and takes some of the old hangings, and mends them with strands of the children's hair.  Later, a Company came riding out of the north (where the keep had been) to clear the barbarians and their Dark worship from the land. It is implied that the Company is composed of the children and/or their descendants.