The Water of the Wondrous Isles

Table of Contents

The First Part: Of the House of Captivity

  1. Catch at Utterhay

  2. Now Shall Be Told of the House by the Water-Side

  3. Of Skin-Changing

  4. Of the Waxing of the Stolen Child

  5. Of Birdalone, and How She is Grown Into Maidenhood

  6. Herein is Told of Birdalone’s Raiment

  7. Birdalone Hath an Adventure in the Wood

  8. Of Birdalone and the Witch-Wife

  9. Of Birdalone’s Swimming

  10. Birdalone Comes On New Tidings

  11. Of Birdalone’s Guilt and the Chastisement Thereof

  12. The Words of the Witch-Wife to Birdalone

  13. Birdalone Meeteth the Wood-Woman Again

  14. Of Birdalone’s Fishing

  15. Birdalone Weareth Her Serpent-Ring

  16. Birdalone Meeteth Habundia Again; and Learneth Her First Wisdom of Her

  17. The Passing of the Year Into Winter

  18. Of Spring-Tide and the Mind of Birdalone

  19. They Bid Farewell, Birdalone and the Wood-Mother

  20. Of Birdalone and the Sending Boat

The Second Part: Of the Wondrous Isles

  1. The First Isle

  2. Birdalone Falleth in with New Friends

  3. Birdalone is Brought Before the Witch-Wife’s Sister

  4. Of the Witch’s Prison in the Wailing-Tower

  5. They Feast in the Witch’s Prison

  6. Atra Tells of How They Three Came Unto the Isle of Increase Unsought

  7. The Three Damsels Take Birdalone Out of the Witch’s Prison

  8. In What Wise Birdalone Was Clad, and How She Went Her Ways from the Isle of Increase Unsought

  9. How Birdalone Came to the Isle of the Young and the Old

  10. Birdalone Comes to the Isle of the Queens

  11. And Now She Comes to the Isle of the Kings

  12. Of Birdalone, How She Came Unto the Isle of Nothing

The Third Part: Of the Castle of the Quest

  1. Birdalone Comes to the Castle of the Quest

  2. Of Birdalone, and How She Rested the Night Through in A Bower Without the Castle of the Quest

  3. How Birdalone Dight Her for Meeting the Champions of the Quest

  4. And Now She Meets the Champions

  5. Birdalone Has True Tokens from the Champions of the Quest

  6. How the Champions Would Do Birdalone to Be Clad Anew in the Castle of the Quest

  7. Of Birdalone, How She Told the Champions All Her Tale

  8. In the Meanwhile of the Departing of the Champions, They Would Pleasure Birdalone with Feats of Arms and Games of Prowess

  9. Birdalone Cometh Before the Champions in Her New Array

  10. The Champions Go Their Ways in the Sending Boat

The Fourth Part: Of the Days of Abiding

  1. Of Birdalone’s Grief; and of Leonard the Chaplain

  2. Birdalone Learneth Lore of the Priest. Ten Days of Waiting Wear

  3. Now Would Birdalone Ride Abroad

  4. Of Birdalone’s Faring Abroad

  5. Sir Aymeris Showeth Birdalone the Mountains Afar Off

  6. Birdalone Heareth Tell Tales of the Black Valley of the Greywethers

  7. Birdalone Beguileth the Priest to Help Her to Outgoing

  8. Birdalone Fares On Her Adventure

  9. Birdalone Comes to the Black Valley

  10. How Birdalone Fell in with A Man in the Black Valley of the Greywethers

  11. Birdalone is Led Up the Black Valley

  12. How Those Twain Get Them from Out of the Black Valley of the Greywethers

  13. Now They Rest for the Night in the Strait Pass

  14. The Black Knight Tells the Truth of Himself

  15. The Black Knight Brings Birdalone to the Bower in the Dale

  16. Yet A Day and A Night They Tarry in the Dale

The Fifth Part: The Tale of the Quest’s Ending

  1. Of Sir Leonard’s Trouble and the Coming of the Quest

  2. Now Ask They of Birdalone, and Sir Leonard Speaks

  3. How They Follow the Slot of Birdalone and the Black Knight

  4. Of the Slaying of Friend and Foe

  5. They Come Home to the Castle of the Quest

  6. Of the Talk Betwixt Birdalone and Viridis

  7. Birdalone Telleth the Tale of Her Wandering Up the Valley of the Greywethers

  8. Atra and Birdalone Talk Together While the Lords Sit at the Murder-Council

  9. Hugh Tells the Story of the Quest’s Ending.

  10. How It Fared with the Three Ladies After the Escape of Birdalone

  11. Birdalone and the Black Squire Talk Together in the Hall of the Castle.

  12. The Knights and Their Fellows Betake Them to the Assaulting of the Red Hold

  13. Birdalone Bethinks Her to Fulfil the Promise Made Unto Atra

  14. Birdalone Leaves the Castle of the Quest

The Sixth Part: The Days of Absence

  1. Birdalone Rides to Greenford and There Takes Leave of Arnold and His Men

  2. Of Birdalone and Her Fellowship, Their Faring Over the Downland

  3. They Come to the City of the Five Crafts, and Birdalone Meets with the Poor-Wife

  4. Of the Love of Gerard’s Sons and of Jacobus for Birdalone

  5. Of the Death of Audrey, Mother to Birdalone. She is Warned in A Dream to Seek the Black Squire, and is Minded to Depart the City of the Five Crafts, and Seek Again the Castle of the Quest

  6. Of the Sundering of Birdalone from Gerard and His Sons

  7. Birdalone Cometh to Greenford, and Hears of the Wasting of the Castle of the Quest

  8. Birdalone Cometh to the Castle of the Quest, Heareth the Tale Thereof from Leonard, and Departeth Thence by the Sending Boat

  9. Birdalone Findeth the Isle of Nothing Greatly Bettered, and is Kindly Entreated There

  10. Of Birdalone’s Flitting from the Isle of Nothing

  11. Coming to the Isle of Kings Birdalone Findeth There A Score and Two of Fair Damsels Who Would Fain Have Her Company

  12. Birdalone Cometh Again to the Isle of Queens, and Findeth A Perilous Adventure Therein

  13. Coming to the Isle of the Young and the Old, Birdalone Findeth It Peopled with Children

  14. The Sending Boat Disappeareth from the Isle of Increase Unsought, and Birdalone Seeketh to Escape Thence by Swimming

  15. Birdalone Lacketh Little of Drowning, But Cometh Latterly to the Green Eyot

  16. Birdalone Findeth Her Witch-Mistress Dead

  17. Birdalone Layeth to Earth the Body of the Witch, and Findeth the Sending Boat Broken Up

  18. The Wood-Mother Cometh to Birdalone and Heareth Her Story

  19. Habundia Hideth Birdalone’s Nakedness with Faery Raiment

  20. Birdalone Telleth Habundia of Her Love for Arthur, and Getteth from Her Promise of Help Therein

  21. How the Wood-Wife Entered the Cot, and A Wonder That Befell Thereon

  22. Birdalone Wendeth the Wildwood in Fellowship with Habundia

  23. The Wood-Wife Bringeth Birdalone to the Sight of Arthur in the Wildwood

  24. The Wood-Mother Changeth Her Form to That of A Woman Stricken in Years

  25. The Wood-Wife Healeth and Tendeth the Black Squire

  26. The Black Squire Telleth the Wood-Wife of His Doings Since Birdalone Went from the Castle of the Quest

  27. Sir Arthur Cometh to the House Under the Wood

  28. Fair Days in the House of Love

  29. Those Twain Will Seek the Wisdom of the Wood-Wife

  30. They Have Speech with Habundia Concerning the Green Knight and His Fellows

  31. Habundia Cometh with Tidings of Those Dear Friends

  32. Of the Fight in the Forest and the Rescue of Those Friends from the Men of the Red Company

  33. Viridis Telleth the Tale of Their Seeking

The Seventh Part: The Days of Returning

  1. Sir Hugh Asketh Birdalone Where She Would Have the Abode of Their Fellowship to Be

  2. Birdalone Taketh Counsel with Her Wood-Mother Concerning the Matter of Sir Hugh

  3. Of the Journeying Through the Forest of Evilshaw Unto the Town of Utterhay

  4. Of the Abiding in Utterhay in Love and Contentment