Wednesday, March 28, 2012

L Sprague de Camp's "Two Yards of Dragon" (novelette, fantasy, humor): Adventures dragon hunting

Among the best of de Camp, & one of the more entertaining stories by anyone.

Note: Dialogues are in funny English: E.g., "an ye were Emmerhard's son-in-law, he'd use his influence to get you your spurs. Here ye be, a strapping youth of three-and-twenty, not yet knighted. 'Tis a disgrace to our lineage."
I didn't follow every word, but there was no difficulty following the intent.

Story summary.

Enchanter Baldonius has promised the hand of his daughter Lusina to Eudoric Dambertson, esquire, provided the young man can bring him two square yards of dragon hide! Story is mostly adventures of Eudoric on this dragon hunt.

Collected in.

  1. "The Best of L Sprague de Camp".

Fact sheet.

First published: Lin Carter (ed)'s "Flashing Swords! #3: Warriors and Wizards" (1976).
Rating: A.
Related: Stories of L Sprague de Camp.