a boy or man
I hadn’t given the Weed a thought for ages and ages. At school, he was a bit of a drip. You remember: shrimpy little
a stronghold for shelter during a battle
The king’s right-hand man tells me we need someone to deliver this carved gemstone to the goblin
A historian, someone who can explain its importance, its
a learned person
Someone who can talk with
pen made from a bird's feather
As I say, he’s a cussed proud chap now, and so he didn’t even so much as say “Yes, sir.” Just stared at me—frowned—walked right to my desk, took the
quill, and scribbled his name.
a vast multitude
He will be the first elf welcomed within those walls, surrounded by those goblin
hordes and given a free pass to walk among them.
a large hairy creature said to live in the Himalayas
I told him, “You’ll be like one of those dusty old historians you were always reading, who went and visited the
yeti in the frozen north or the dwarves under the ground and wrote a book about their customs and ways.”
someone sent to represent another's interests
It was Werfel’s job to host the elfin
emissary in the city, to take the scholar in as a guest in his own home.
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
Perhaps he could ask
discreetly when he met his guest, and slip in and grab the chocolates if it was a problem.
something considered choice to eat
What did elves eat? He did not know, exactly. Probably nothing but
dainties: butterfly steaks and marigold salads.
Finally: contact with the enemy. With another scholar. With someone else who loved antiquity and beautiful things, and who shared his hope for this
add embellishments and paintings to a manuscript
He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the
illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient, melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the lute.
characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient,
melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the lute.
a stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body
He wanted to introduce the elf to all the glories of goblin civilization: the Nawtle Caves, the dances of the Drovegas, the illuminated books of the Swallowed Emperor Period, the choirs singing the Lessons of Shadow, the race’s ancient, melancholy epics recited to the accompaniment of the
famous or legendary
He would see the lush fields, the tall forests, and, most important, the
fabled libraries, holding books no one in Tenebrion had ever read or even heard the names of.
relating to or associated with an empire
Werfel sat nervously in the palace’s
imperial archives, waiting to go down to the city gates and greet the guest.
a depository containing historical records and documents
Werfel sat nervously in the palace’s imperial
archives, waiting to go down to the city gates and greet the guest.
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
At around twelve thirty, word came from the far side of the mountains that
sentinels had seen the capsule flying past.
a large military unit
No one wanted to think again of the suffering of the last war, the news of burning towers and
come up with after a mental effort
Stronger bonds had to be
forged between elfin Dwelholm and goblin Tenebrion.
providing no shelter or sustenance
It confronted the
bleak Plateau of Drume with angry brows and gnashing teeth.
a glove of armored leather that protects the hand
The guards looked uneasily at one another. One took off his chain mail
having or showing arrogant superiority
Even unconscious, he looked proud and
haughty, but there was nothing to be afraid of.
difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
They lay the
ungainly elf on the guest bed and quietly shut the door.
where something originated or was nurtured
“The excellent Ghohg wishes me to look this splendid gift over for the next few days and talk with you about its history and
provenance; and I will show you the historical sights of our fine city so you can take word of its glories back to Dwelholm.”
something considered choice to eat
“I mean a place much farther away. Another world. He is very unpredictable. Even his shape is difficult to figure out. His closest ministers can rarely tell his top from his bottom. You would not believe the number of servants who have been executed for trying to feed
delicacies into the wrong end.”
having an illustrious reputation; respected
“When he asks to see us. I am sure he’s very anxious to meet you, in his own way. Who could not be,
a sudden desire
“We wait on Ghohg’s divine
whim. For the moment, I will show you the city. Tonight, we have been invited to dinner by the du Burgh family, a very wealthy and prominent goblin clan—the height of refinement—who are famous for their knowledge of elfin culture. They have an elf in their family past. Through marriage. They are extremely eager to entertain you.”
a man-made object
“You could take it to the feast. I am sure that the du Burgh family would treasure a glimpse of it. A historical
artifact so precious. I can barely wait to see it myself, and to talk to you about it, and discuss what it might tell us about the ancient history of our two races, and—”
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
stymied Werfel. Things were not going very well.