Jolan and his new companions have arrived safely in Manthor's home.
However, harmony isn't the word yet, and the instructions from their
new master don't help: their next task can only be accomplished if
all five of them work together to open a magical gate, but once
they're past that obstacle, only one of them can become the Chosen
one - and that by stealing no less than Thor's own shield! Can any of
them even do it on their own?
Jolan has agreed to leave his family and serve Manthor, after he
saved Thorgal's life. The mysterious mage has promised him an
exceptional destiny - if, that is, the young man proves worthy of it.
So begins a series of trials during which Jolan, on his own at first,
will meet four other youngsters. They, too, have unusual powers.
They, too, are on their way to Manthor's castle. Will they be allies,
Thorgal, his family, and his new friends Tiago and Ileniya have been
captured by slavers while attempting to cross the desert. The two
adult men are sold to the local governor as fodder for a cruel blood
game, where young nobles in chariots practice their archery skills on
fleeing slaves. Turning the tables on them, Thorgal earns his and
Tiago's freedom, but not the women's - and he has made a mortal enemy
in the governor's son...
mé Aaricia and her children, sold as slaves to an Imperial prince, refuse to believe that Thorgal is dead, and keep trying to escape, eventually wearing off their new owner's patience. Condemned to a year of hard labour in the silver mines, they meet someone unexpected there: Kriss of Valnor, wielding the whip of a forewoman, yet a prisoner like them. Despite their mutual hatred, the two women will have to work together to escape...
Thorgal's family is once again reunited, but the future is bleak. The hero is unconscious, dying, and his wife and children are exhausted and starving. Aaricia's prayers bring her some hope: the goddess Frigg is willing to save Thorgal ... But her husband Odin is determined to get rid of the troublesome Child of the Stars once and for all. So begins one last challenge for Thorgal and his son Jolan - a final chance to obtain what they've always dreamed off: a quiet, uneventful life ...
The first two volumes of the adventures of Thorgal, published in
1980, translated into English at last in this retroactively numbered
double volume. Thorgal's coming-of-age is painfully similar to the
rest of his life: the young man finds himself tied to the stone of
sacrifice by Gandalf the Mad, king of the Vikings of the North and
father of his beloved Aaricia. There, the Child of the Stars can do
nothing but wait for the coming tide - and death. Until, that is, a
mysterious sorceress with flaming red hair comes to offer him a deal:
his life, and revenge, for one year in her service.
A wandering Thorgal is captured and enslaved by Orgoff, a cruel man who appointed himself the local lord after defeating the old one. Orgoff wields the dreadful power of the Sun Sword, which the peasants say makes him invulnerable. Thorgal, of course, is not convinced. Escaping, he encounters the last of the rebels against the new order-and an old enemy. Together, they will have to defeat Orgoff and his allies and recover the Sun Sword.
It's been two years now since Thorgal and his family left the north to look for some hypothetical country where men might live in peace and harmony. They are sailing along a deserted and inhospitable stretch of land when Aaricia and the children convince Thorgal that enough is enough. But before they have a chance to turn around, they come across two strange characters who seem fascinated with Thorgal, and that night their boat is mysteriously torched...
Thorgal, Aaricia and Jolan sail north, and are almost home when they encounter the drakkar of Wor the Magnificent, the new king of the Northland Vikings. When Thorgal refuses to follow Wor on a raid, he and his family are left to finish the short trip on foot.
When Thorgal leaves a near-term Aaricia with Jolan and goes to find transportation, enemies appear and threaten them all. As they fight for their lives in the wild, it is from the wild that life will come...
The Land of Qa: Kriss de Valnor, the deadly warrior-woman and Thorgal's arch enemy, has Thorgal's and Aaricia's son abducted. She demands that Thorgal and Aaricia go on a quest to find the magical mask if they want to save their son.
The Eyes of Tanatloc: Thorgal's son Jolan, prisoner in the kingdom of Xinjin, meets the God Tanatloc. Tanatloc, at the end of his life, reacts strangely when Jolan speaks Thorgal's name...
This two-volume book includes "The Eyes of Tanatloc".
Thorgal is back in his old village with his family, but once again his destiny catches up with him when Volsung of Nichor, sent by the snake Nidhogg, steals the belt of the Guardian of the Keys, which grants invulnerability. Nidhogg wants to destroy the Guardian and spread chaos throughout the universe, while Volsung just wants to become king of the world-but they both want Thorgal dead. And Volsung has taken on Thorgal's appearance...
Thorgal, Aaricia and Kriss of Valnor are finally approaching Mavaxatl, the city of the lost god. When Thorgal understands the real goal of their mission and Kriss's duplicity, he tries to escape. But Kriss is determined that he complete the mission...
This two-volume book includes "Between Earth and Sun.
Thorgal and his family are back in Europe, where a pregnant Aaricia insists on giving birth in Northland. Unable to find a ship to sail north in the middle of winter, Thorgal sets off by land to reach his old village and bring back a drakkar. His trip takes him through the land of Saxegaard, Master of the Mountains, a ruthless warlord who terrorizes the surrounding country. One night, in a burntout cottage, he meets Torric, an escaped slave, and finds a strange ring in the ashes. An extraordinary adventure begins...
Three years ago, Thorgal lost his memory. Kriss of Valnor convinced him that he was her husband Shaigan, a merciless pirate, and they have been terrorising everyone-even the Vikings-ever since. Aaricia and Wolf Cub, exiled when Thorgal was recognised by one of the men from the northern village, have been captured and brought to Shaigan's lair. In the end, it's up to young Jolan to rescue his family with the help of a very special traveller... from the future!
Thorgal and his family have left Arachnea's island to continue seeking a place to live in peace. As they sail along unknown shores, they're attacked by pirates, then rescued by Prince Zarkaj, who takes them to his palace and pampers them - especially Aaricia. But when Jolan and his mother turn out to have caught the terrible Blue Plague, the prince has them thrown into a guarded pit to die - and it's up to Thorgal to escape in search of a cure.
Thorgal has been gone for three years. Now, the last raiding expedition organised by the men of his village is late in returning. When a single survivor stumbles in to announce that their drakkar was boarded by the dreaded Shaigan, he also reveals that Shaigan is actually... Thorgal! Outraged, the grieving, vengeful Viking women banish Aaricia and her children and brand her an exile. All that's left for them is to try to find Thorgal again.
Still travelling with Kris of Valnor, Thorgal runs afoul of a local tribe. When a mysterious old woman offers him a chance to escape the hostile villagers, he accepts. But there's more to the bargain: She says that if he can make his way into the Invisible Fortress, he'll be able to erase his name from the Stone of the Gods, cancelling his destiny-and finally have a chance at a normal life.
In their island fortress, Kriss and Shaigan still reign over their band of pirates and raiders. But Shaigan is beginning to have doubts, and when a prisoner who knew him calls him Thorgal, the child of the stars begs the gods of Asgard to give him back his name and his destiny. In return, the gods require that Thorgal travel to the kingdom of giants and steal from their ruler... and then Thorgal will be Thorgal again.
It is time at last for Thorgal to return to his family. However, Aaricia is not staying idle after her rescue by Jolan, and tries to put together a fleet to attack Shaigan's stronghold - unaware that her husband is no longer the dreaded pirate lord. By the time the two find themselves on their own island again, Aaricia is disinclined to simply forgive everything, and locks Thorgal up in a cage while she makes up her mind about him.
Thorgal, his family and their friends Darek and Lehla have left their island to sail south and look for a safer place to live. After a storm scatters them, Thorgal and WolfCub's boat flounders on reefs at the foot of a strange, mist-covered cliff. One perilous climb later, the little girl is trapped by a mysterious, invisible force, and her father, after going for help, discovers a very curious city cut off from the world...