Monday, November 13, 2017

The Raven Kings Contract with the Forests

“Strange took a clean sheet of paper and began rapidly scribbling notes upon it. ‘Oak trees can be befriended and will aid you against your enemies if they think your cause is just, Birch woods are well known for providing doors into Faerie. Ash-trees will never cease to mourn until, the Raven King comes home again.1

Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susana Clarke

1'The ivy promises to bind England’s enemies; Briars and thorns promised to whip them; The Hawthorn said he would answer any questions; The Birch said he would make doors to other countries; The yew brought us weapons; The raven punished our enemies; The oak watched the distant hills; The rain washed away all sorrow.’

This traditional English saying supposedly, lists the various contracts which the Raven King made on England’s behalf with the forests.”

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