Excerpt from Ricroft of Withens They lived by the bogland, and they were kwn as the Lonely Folk, because the dwellers by the moorside feared to give them a harsher name. Long before their coming, their stronghold had been kwn as the Lonely Valley, and the name seemed a well-chosen one to-night. A deep valley it was, with bare walls of sandstone on either Side, Shelving inward to the base: at the higher end a narrow pass, shadowed by fir and rowan trees, gave access to the moor; at the lower, it widened out, merged into a rolling brae of bents and heather, then dropped abruptly into the stag nant, impassable wastes of Hawkbill Bog which spread round it in a jealous curve, denying all access to the wayfarer. High up in the hollow of the Sky an eagle rested on outspread wings, looking for prey; close at hand a gos-hawk ashed athwart the sunlight and vanished into the gloom of the pass. Beyond these, there was Sign of life from edge to edge of the Silent moorland save the shrilling of a grouse, the chirp of a moor-tit, or the call of a brink-ousel. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.