The King in the North
( Oswald of Northumbria ) ADAMS, Max
THE INSPIRATION FOR ARAGORN: NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
Published: [Head of Zeus, 
Stock code: 42265
8vo., First Edition, with coloured plates, maps in the text and endpaper maps; terracotta cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper.
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. SCARCE.