The March-warden

Many wanderers who have journeyed across the grey road tell tales of a solitary figure, a rider who makes his appearance when a company of travelers faces particularly dangerous odds. The rider is usually seen at a distance, on a hilltop or just at the edge of vision at night. He points in the right direction when a group seems to have lost their way, or to warn companies of impending danger, such as approaching wild wolves or other threats.

The figure is described as a Northman warrior carrying shield, sword and a tall spear, riding a stout mountain horse with a snow-white mane. He is often referred to as Farmann, the March-warden. A few witnesses, maybe the more imaginative ones, depict him as an old man, ancient beyond the reckoning of years, but with a keen piercing gaze. Some attribute to him the pale, cold fires that may be spied at night blazing on the hilltops dotting the landscape around the east gap.

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The March-warden

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