The Last Voyage of Asmond

“Oh hear the ballad of Asmond and his flying ship, the likes of which you’ve never seen! Hear of the deeds that befell, and the cost of his final voyage. Forsooth! No man now knows what final resting place holds his treasure laden grave – unless he be not great of stature. …”

This ballad tells of how a man named Asmond, a good man, and his friends (who were also good men) became restless for foreign shores: particularly the floating islands of the elves. So they devised a ship whereby they left Archlond, and eventually their wives did leave as well. No one knows where they sailed; but it is said they voyaged out several times before taking their wives – some of the most beautiful women of Archlond. Each time they returned with many wondrous things that they did trade. After taking their wives away, they returned once more, but some of their countrymen lay in wait, and ambushed them, plotting to kill them and voyage to this new land. According to the ballad Asmond alone escaped and destroyed the ship. It is said that the gods granted Asmond long life, which he spent in secret: no one heard tale of him for the rest of his life.

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The Last Voyage of Asmond

The Chronicles of Erdon Beaumains