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



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

 

Non-English Editions ~

  • (1999) "After the King" Published in Poland; by Zysk i S-ka, 83-715-0612-0, PB, 566pg ~ translation by Michael Jakuszewski ~ Polish title W hołdzie królowi [In tribute to the King]
  • (2008) "After the King" Published in Poland; by Zysk i S-ka,978-83-7506-206-9, PB, 612pg ~ translation by Michael Jakuszewski ~ Polish title W hołdzie królowi [In tribute to the King]

 

Russian Omnibus Editions ~

  • (2004) Published in Moscow, By AST and St. Petersburg, by Domino, 5-699-08067-8, HC, 704pg ~ cover by John Howe ~ Russian title Дорога Короля. Памяти профессора Дж. Р. Р. Толкина [Road King: In Memory of Professor J. R. R. Tolkien] ~ Duplication of "After The King" (1992) ~ As "Nine Golden Threads" translation by I. Togoyeva, pp. 325-366

 

  • (2018) Published in Kiev, Ukraine by Globe (Fanzine), no ISSBN, HC, 724pg ~ cover by Rodney Matthews ~ Russian title …Все кошки серы [...All Cats Are Sulfur] ~ Limited to 10 copies

Contains:

    • "Moustrap" as "The Mousetrap" ~ translation by L. Deutsch, pp. 7-13
    • "All Cats are Gray" as "... All cats are sulfur" ~ translation by E. Drozd, pp. 14-21
    • " Gifts of Asti" as ~ translation by N. Rezanova, pp. 22-34
    • "Nine Threads of Gold" as "Nine Golden Threads" ~ translation by I. Togoyeva, pp. 35-65
    • "Long Night of Waiting" ~ translation by L. Deutsch, pp. 66-77
    • "London Bridge" ~ translation by N. Rezanova, pp. 78-90
    • "Velvet Shadows" ~ translation by N. Rezanova, pp. 91-282
    • "The Prince Commands" as "The Prince orders" ~ translation by D. Arseniev, pp. 283-416
    • "Star Man's Son" as "The Son of Star Man" ~ translation by V. Fedorov, pp. 417-574
    • "Ralestone Luck" ~ "Luck of the Railstones" ~ translation by V. Shcherbakova, pp. 575-722