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by Robert G. Makin  -- Copy Right 2003

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StrathNaver Legends' Background Stories:

William Defeats The Morrigan and Meets Manannán MacLyr Old Will Part 1

The Abduction Old Will Part 2

Diamonds and Gold Old Will Part 3

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MacKay of Strathnaver Modern Tartan

  Pivotal in Elf

history, The


episodes stage an

about-face in Elf culture and society.
Flight can no longer

be the response to

The Enemy’s wrath

and mayhem. The

apparent answer to a

prophecy rouses

their courage. With

new hope, they are

finally ready to

stand and fight. Arm

in arm with their old

foes, the Dwarf

Nations and the

Clans of Alba, they

forge instruments of

war and the conflict


     There were Elves here once.  They were the Grays of the

mountains and the Naver Valley.

There was a great war, then,

when those Grays were attacked

by forces of darkness.  The hills

of the StrathNaver region had

forests.  It was a great, old-

growth-wood that ran for

hundreds of miles undisturbed

by shovel and ax.  There were

Gunns to the west and

MacDonalds to the north.  In

that time the families gathered in

support of their neighbors, the

Gray Elves and darkness was

driven away for a while.

His desperate

passion for Lurelei,

thwarted by the evil

inflicted on her by

the old Enemy of the

Elves drives Angus

to realities unseen

before, by humans.

His initiation into

the Ancient Order of

the Brit Gar-

Nonsum, the Elven

secret society

changes him forever.

The Elves think he is

the one who will

save them.

Watching over him

from childhood, they

observe the signs



    Critical in that victory were

the actions of Angus MacKay, or

MacAodh as his family was

known in the 8th century.

    Since the war was in part,

supernatural, very special,

weapons were required for

victory.  They were instruments

of the mind and the spirit. To

construct them, Angus had to

discover the Gate Keeper

of those powers.  Beyond the

Gate Keeper, the ultimate

victory for Angus had to be the

discovery of the Key to

their uses.


    Castle Urquhart,

a wee

bit south of the

Naver, few

remember the famed

Elf Haven.  In

its foundation lie

forbidden chambers

used by the Grays in

their day of need

against the Enemy. 

Its hidden doors

and secrets are even

today protected by

innuendo, the

cleverest of the

Elven tools. It's

believed today that

two chambers exist,

but it's thought that

one contains the

treasures of old

King Brude and the

other contains

elements of the

Black Death. No one

knows which is

which so neither is

opened and the

Havens are still




   A young man in love with a woman who is in love with him

will move Heaven and

Earth to consummate that love.

Angus meets her, first in his

dreams.  She is a Gray from the

City of the Vision sent to the

Valley of the Naver for safety. 

Encroachments from the Enemy

made it dangerous enough that

her family feared for her safety

and for their own.

  Lurelei is attacked and

separated from Angus by a

spiritual poison that none

believe can be cured.  Angus is

not to be deterred by the word,

"impossible."  With the help of

many, he finds the cure in the

form of three gifts.  Learning to

use them requires that he find the


    Sometimes we find that a

great Key is really a new

understanding of an old idea.

A new perspective can unlock

the mind.

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"Strath" is ancient Scottish Gaelic for "River."  The River Naver flows north through northern Scotland into the North Sea.

I debated that the title of this book should be “The Key,” because the concept is so important to the central message of the story. In Angus’s

struggles, the one thing that holds him back is his lack of “The Key.” In this case, the key is a fundamental understanding, the grasping of a central

concept, elusive without full immersion. Years ago, I was faced with the question - to explain how Edmund Spencer’s, The ‘Faerie Queen’ was a

Christian Man’s handbook. Today, I think of StrathNaver Legends as a Metaphysician’s Primer – High Kabbalah with a B-I-G spoonful of sugar.

The simplicity of the message is concealed in the gauss of fiction, spelled out to those with ears to hear.

It amuses me when my friends tell me they are annoyed when something like a phone call interrupts their reading it. It tells me the story is as catching

as I had hoped, but the overall message is so easily missed. It reminds of a line from the folk song, Suzanne.

“…And He passed beneath your wisdom, like a stone.”

Sometimes we read a book then forget it in a few days. You won’t forget this one.
Robert G. Makin