|“||Rudd Threetrees. Rock of Uffrith, they called him. No bigger name in all the North. Great fighter. Great leader. Great friend. Lifetime o’ battles. Stood face to face with the Bloody-Nine, then shoulder to shoulder with him. Never took an easy path, if he thought it was the wrong one. Never stepped back from a fight, if he thought it had to be done. I stood with him, walked with him, fought with him, ten years, all over the North. I’ve no complaints.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
Dogman and Dow, Tul and Grim, West and Pike, stand around the graves of Cathil and Threetrees. For the Dogman the graves represent two failures: one for the future and one from the past; Cathil the hope for happiness, and Threetrees the hope he could be a better man. Through the trees Shivers and his Carls mourn their own dead too, twelve in the earth already and three wounded and likely to die.
With Pike unwilling to speak the words for Cathil, Dogman remembers her as a girl none of them knew well, but who was tough and strong and someone he wished he had the chance to know better. Overcome with emotion, Dogman cannot speak for Threetrees. Nor can Tul or Dow who seem lessened with their chief’s death. To the surprise of all, Grim steps forward to speak the words.1
With the funerals complete, Shivers approaches and asks who will be the new chief. Dow reacts angrily, but Shivers forestalls him; they need a leader now more than ever. Dogman looks to Tul and Dow, two big men with hard Names; he’d follow either. Tul and Dow glare at each other, and start that each can’t follow the other, so Dogman must be chief. Dogman isn’t the hardest killer, but he’s smart and the best scout alive. Waiting for the laughter to start, to Dogman’s shock, Grim agrees and Shivers seems pleased. Dogman kneels and touches the graves. He wishes them farewell and promises to do the best he can.
|The Dogman||Black Dow||Cathil|
|Tul Duru Thunderhead||Harding Grim||Rudd Threetrees|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Angland||The Union||First Northern War|
- Rudd Threetrees is the embodyment of all that’s good in the North, the honour code the Old Ways. He’s hard, and stand toe to toe with Dow and compel his obedience. He's genuinely invested in his men. He has actual honest to goodness integrity and is willing to sacrifice himself to do what he believes is right.
- There some interesting analysis of the book by Abercrombie himself, here.