Sun Horse, Moon Horse

Sun Horse, Moon Horse

Book - 1977 | 1st ed
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A young boy in pre-Roman England becomes chieftain of his tribe and learns just how much he must sacrifice for his people.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1977
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525404958
0525404953
Branch Call Number: jFIC Su832su

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May 03, 2012

This short book is a tale of how the White Horse of Uffington, in south-central England, might have come to be (view it on Google Earth at 51.5777N 1.5667W). Sutcliff has created the story of Lubrin, the 3rd son of the Chieftain of the Iceni, the Early Iron Age horse people, who lived by their skill in breeding and driving their great horse herds on the chalk hills. As a child, Lubrin sees 'magical' images in his mind's eye especially when watching a galloping white mare leading her herd over the crest of a hill. This picture-magic puzzles boys of the clan and prompts some to ridicule Lubrin. In the end it is this gift that releases his tribe from their own conquerors and gives them the freedom to start their life as a clan anew, according to the publisher's outline. Sutcliff's writing offers careful detail in ancient custom and culture; and nature lore.

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"One long, lovely, unbroken line swept the whole length of arched neck and back and streaming tail, more than a hundred and twenty strides from the pricked ears to tail-tip; yet at its broadest place, the light belly was little more than four strides across. The head had something of a falcon's look about it; the two farthest legs did not join the body at all. None of that mattered. Lubrin was not making the outward seeming [shape of a horse], up there among the drifting cloud-shadows and the lark song. He was making the power and the beauty and the potency of a horse, of Epona, the Mother of Foals, herself, though his conquerors would never know it." (p. 97)

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