The King in the North
( Oswald of Northumbria ) ADAMS, Max
THE INSPIRATION FOR ARAGORN: SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Published: [Head of Zeus], 
Stock code: 42286
8vo., First Edition, with coloured plates, maps in the text and endpaper maps; terracotta cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper.
A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON TITLE. Oswald Iding or 'Whiteblade' ruled Northumbria for just eight years after a youth spent in exile. Bede gives an account of his life which provides a glimpse of an heroic figure who may be the 'real' Beowulf. Certainly Tolkien used him as the model for his prodigal prince, Aragorn, in The Lord of the Rings. PRESENTATION COPIES ARE SCARCE.