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`Where go you, Corum?'

`I go to fight Glandyth and most probably to die,' he said. `I shall die loving you, Rhalina.'

Her face was a mask of horror.

`Corum! No!'


`It is necessary, if this castle is to have a chance of withstanding those warriors (это необходимо, если = чтобы у этого замка была возможность выдержать /натиск/ тех воинов; to withstand — устоять, выдержать; противостоять).'

`No, Corum! There may be a way to get help (возможно, /у нас/ есть способ получить помощь). My husband speaks of it in his treatise (мой муж говорит об этом в своем трактате). A last resort (последнее средство).'

`What help?'

`He is vague on that score (он смутно /пишет/ на этот счет; vague — неопределенный, нечеткий). It is something passed on to him by his forefathers (что-то, /что/ передано ему праотцами; to pass on to — передавать кому-либо, перекладывать на кого-либо). A summoning (заклятие). Sorcery, Corum (колдовство, Корум).'

Corum smiled sadly (Корум улыбнулся печально).

`There is no such thing as sorcery, Rhalina (не существует такой вещи, как колдовство, Ралина). What you call sorcery is a handful of half-learned scraps of Vadhagh wisdom (/то/, что ты называешь колдовством, — горстка полуизученных = недопонятых осколков вадагской мудрости; scrap — rклочок, кусочек, обрывок).'


necessary [`nesIs(q)rI] vague [veIg] sorcery [`sLs(q)rI] wisdom [`wIzdqm]
`It is necessary, if this castle is to have a chance of withstanding those warriors.'

`No, Corum! There may be a way to get help. My husband speaks of it in his treatise. A last resort.'

`What help?'

`He is vague on that score. It is something passed on to him by his forefathers. A summoning. Sorcery, Corum.'

Corum smiled sadly.

`There is no such thing as sorcery, Rhalina. What you call sorcery is a handful of half-learned scraps of Vadhagh wisdom.'


`This is not Vadhagh wisdom — it is something else (это не вадагская мудрость — это что-то еще). A Summoning.'

He made to move past her (он попытался пройти мимо нее; to make — делать; пытаться /сделать что-либо/). She held his arm (она держала = схватила его руку).

`Corum, let me try the Summoning (позволь мне испытать заклятие)!'

He pulled his arm away and, sword in hand, continued down the steps (он отдернул руку и, с мечом в руке, продолжил спускаться по лестнице).

`Very well, try what you will, Rhalina (хорошо, попробуй, что хочешь, Ралина). Even if you are right, you will need the time I can gain for you (даже если ты права, тебе понадобится время, /которое/ я могу выиграть для тебя).'

He heard her shout wordlessly and he heard her sob (он слышал, как она кричала безмолвно и всхлипывала/рыдала), and then he had reached the hall and was walking towards the great main gates of the castle (потом он достиг зала и направился к огромным главным воротам замка).


shout [Saut] wordlessly [`wq:dlIslI] castle [kRsl]
`This is not Vadhagh wisdom — it is something else. A Summoning.'

He made to move past her. She held his arm.

`Corum, let me try the Summoning!'

He pulled his arm away and, sword in hand, continued down the steps.

`Very well, try what you will, Rhalina. Even if you are right, you will need the time I can gain for you.'

He heard her shout wordlessly and he heard her sob, and then he had reached the hall and was walking towards the great main gates of the castle.


A startled warrior let him through and he stood at last upon the causeway (потрясенный воин пропустил его, и Корум встал, наконец, на дамбу; to startle — испугать; поразить, сильно удивить). At the other end, his chariot and horses led away, the body of the Brown Man kicked to one side, stood Earl Glandyth-a-Krae (на другой стороне, убрав колесницу и лошадей и отшвырнув тело мохнатого человека в сторону, стоял граф Гландит-а-Краэ; to lead away — уводить, отводить; to kick — пнуть; отшвырнуть ногой). And beside Glandyth-a-Krae, holding his war-axe for him (возле Гландита, держа боевой топор для него), was the gawky figure of the youth, Rodlik (находилась неловкая фигура юноши, Родлика).

Glandyth reached out and tousled his page's hair and bared his teeth in a wolfish grin (Гландит протянул руку и потрепал своего пажа по волосам, обнажил зубы в волчьей = хищной ухмылке; to tousle — взъерошивать, растрепывать). He took the axe from the youth's hand and began to advance along the causeway (он взял топор из руки юноши и начал двигаться вперед по дамбе).

Corum walked to meet him (Корум пошел навстречу ему).
chariot [`CxrIqt] gawky [`gLkI] tousled [`tauzld]
A startled warrior let him through and he stood at last upon the causeway. At the other end, his chariot and horses led away, the body of the Brown Man kicked to one side, stood Earl Glandyth-a-Krae. And beside Glandyth-a-Krae, holding his war-axe for him, was the gawky figure of the youth, Rodlik.

Glandyth reached out and tousled his page's hair and bared his teeth in a wolfish grin. He took the axe from the youth's hand and began to advance along the causeway.

Corum walked to meet him.
The sea slapped against the rocks of the causeway (море билось о скалы дамбы; to slap — громко, с силой хлопать; шлепать; глухо ударяться). Sometimes a seabird cried out (иногда морская птица кричала). There was no sound from the warriors of either side (не было = не доносилось ни звука от воинов каждой стороны = все хранили молчание). Both defenders and attackers watched tensely as the two approached each other and then, in the middle, stopped (и защитники, и атакующие наблюдали напряженно, как эти двое приблизились друг к другу, а потом, посередине /дамбы/, остановились). About ten feet separated them (около десяти футов разделяло их).

Corum saw that Glandyth had grown a little thinner (Корум увидел, что Гландит немного исхудал; to grow thinner — худеть). But the pale, grey eyes still contained that strange, unnatural glint (но бледные, серые глаза по-прежнему содержали тот странный, неестественный блеск = странно, неестественно блестели) and the face was just as red and unhealthy as the last time Corum had seen it (а лицо было таким же красным и нездоровым/болезненным, как в последний раз, /когда/ Корум видел его). He held his war-axe down in front of him, in his two hands, his helmeted head on one side (он держал свой боевой топор перед собой двумя руками, голову в шлеме /склонив/ набок).

`By the Dog (/клянусь/ Псом),' he said, `you have become hugely ugly, Vadhagh (ты стал очень безобразным; hugely — весьма, очень, исключительно).'

`We make a fine pair, then, Mabden (тогда мы — два сапога пара: «составляем прекрасную пару», мабден), for you have changed not at all (так как ты ничуть не изменился).'

Glandyth sneered (Гландит насмешливо улыбнулся).
unhealthy [An`helTI] hugely [`hjHGlI] pair [peq]
The sea slapped against the rocks of the causeway. Sometimes a seabird cried out. There was no sound from the warriors of either side. Both defenders and attackers watched tensely as the two approached each other and then, in the middle, stopped. About ten feet separated them.

Corum saw that Glandyth had grown a little thinner. But the pale, grey eyes still contained that strange, unnatural glint and the face was just as red and unhealthy as the last time Corum had seen it. He held his war-axe down in front of him, in his two hands, his helmeted head on one side.

`By the Dog,' he said, `you have become hugely ugly, Vadhagh.'

`We make a fine pair, then, Mabden, for you have changed not at all.'

Glandyth sneered.
`And you are hung all about with pretty shells, I see (а ты весь обвешан прелестными ракушками, я вижу), like some Sea God`s daughter going to be wed to her fishy husband (словно дочка морского бога = морская царевна, собирающаяся замуж за своего рыбьего мужа; to wed — жениться, выходить замуж). Well, you may become their nuptial feast when I throw your body into the sea (что ж, ты можешь стать их свадебным пиром, когда я сброшу твое тело в море).'

Corum wearied of these heavy insults (Коруму надоели эти неуклюжие оскорбления; to weary — утомлять, уставать от, надоедать; heavy — тяжелый, неуклюжий; тупой, скучный). He leapt forward and swung his great broadsword at Glandyth (он прыгнул вперед и ударил своим огромным палашом Гландита; to swing at — ударять по чему-либо, кому-либо; to swing — качать/ся/, колебать/ся/; размахивать) who brought his metal-shod axe haft up swiftly and blocked the blow, staggering a little (который поднял быстро окованную металлом рукоять топора вверх и блокировал удар, пошатнувшись слегка; to bring; to shoe — обувать; подковывать, оковывать). He kept his axe in his right hand and drew his long knife (он держал топор в правой руке, /а левой/ вытащил длинный нож), dropped to a crouch and aimed the axe at Corum's knees (резко нагнулся, целясь топором в колени Корума; to drop — падать, резко опускаться; crouch — припадание /к земле/, нагибание).


nuptial [`naps(q)l] wearied [`wIqrId] knife [naIf] crouch [krauC] knee [nJ]
`And you are hung all about with pretty shells, I see, like some Sea God`s daughter going to be wed to her fishy husband. Well, you may become their nuptial feast when I throw your body into the sea.'

Corum wearied of these heavy insults. He leapt forward and swung his great broadsword at Glandyth who brought his metal-shod axe haft up swiftly and blocked the blow, staggering a little. He kept his axe in his right hand and drew his long knife, dropped to a crouch and aimed the axe at Corum's knees.


Corum jumped high and the axe blade whistled under his feet (Корум подпрыгнул высоко, и лезвие топора просвистело под его ногами). He stabbed out at Glandyth and the blade scraped the Mabden's shoulder plate but did not harm him (он нанес удар Гландиту и лезвие /палаша/ задело наплечную пластину мабдена, но не нанесло вреда ему; to stab at — наносить удар /колющим оружием/, закалывать; to scrape — скоблить, скрести; задевать, касаться). None the less Glandyth cursed and tried the same trick again (тем не менее, Гландит выругался и попытался /проделать/ ту же уловку снова). Again Corum jumped and the axe missed him (и снова Корум подпрыгнул, и топор прошел мимо него). Glandyth sprang back and brought the axe down on the crabshell shield (Гландит отскочил назад и опустил топор на = с силой ударил по щиту из панциря краба) which creaked with the strain of the blow, but did not shatter (который треснуть под тяжестью удара, но не разбился вдребезги; to creak — скрипеть; треснуть; strain — напряжение, нагрузка), though Corum's arm was numb from wrist to shoulder (хотя рука Корума онемела от запястья до плеча; numb — онемелый, оцепенелый). He retaliated with an overarm blow which Glandyth blocked (он ответил верхним /рубящим/ ударом, который Гландит блокировал; overarm — верхний удар; с рукой, поднятой над головой).

Corum kicked out at Glandyth's legs, hoping to knock him off balance (Корум ударил Гландита по ногам, надеясь лишить его равновесия; to kick — ударять ногой, пинать; to knock — ударять/ся/, бить; off balance — потерявший равновесие, неустойчивый), but the Mabden ran backwards several paces before standing his ground again (но мабден отбежал назад на несколько шагов, прежде, чем снова встал в стойку; to stand one`s ground — стоять на своем, проявлять твердость).


shield [SJld] numb [nAm] retaliated [rI`txlIeIt] balance [`bxlqns]
Corum jumped high and the axe blade whistled under his feet. He stabbed out at Glandyth and the blade scraped the Mabden's shoulder plate but did not harm him. None the less Glandyth cursed and tried the same trick again. Again Corum jumped and the axe missed him. Glandyth sprang back and brought the axe down on the crabshell shield which creaked with the strain of the blow, but did not shatter, though Corum's arm was numb from wrist to shoulder. He retaliated with an overarm blow which Glandyth blocked.

Corum kicked out at Glandyth's legs, hoping to knock him off balance, but the Mabden ran backwards several paces before standing his ground again.


Corum advanced cautiously towards him (Корум осторожно приближался к нему).

Then Glandyth cried out (потом Гландит крикнул):

`I'm tired of this (мне надоело это). We have him now (теперь он наш). Archers — shoot (лучники — стреляйте)!'

And then Corum saw the charioteers who had moved quietly down to the forefront of the ranks (затем Корум увидел возничих, которые тихо двигались на переднюю линию = выдвигались вперед рядов /мабденов/) and were aiming their bows at him (и целились из луков в него). He raised his shield to protect himself against their arrows (он поднял щит, чтобы защититься от их стрел).

Glandyth was running back down the causeway (Гландит бежал назад по дамбе).

Corum had been betrayed (Корума предали; to betray — предавать, изменять; обманывать). There was still an hour before the tide came in (был по-прежнему еще один час, прежде чем наступит прилив). It seemed he was going to die for nothing (видимо, он умрет ни за что = смерть его будет напрасной; to be going to — собираться /сделать что-либо/; означает предположение или предсказание относительно будущего).


cautiously [`kLSqslI] arrow [`xrqu] betrayed [bI`treId]
Corum advanced cautiously towards him.

Then Glandyth cried out:

`I'm tired of this. We have him now. Archers — shoot!'

And then Corum saw the charioteers who had moved quietly down to the forefront of the ranks and were aiming their bows at him. He raised his shield to protect himself against their arrows.

Glandyth was running back down the causeway.

Corum had been betrayed. There was still an hour before the tide came in. It seemed he was going to die for nothing.


Now another shout, this time from the castle's battlements, and a wave of arrows swept down (но вот /раздался/ другой крик, на этот раз со стен замка, и волна стрел обрушилась вниз; to sweep down — падать камнем, устремляться вниз). Beldan's archers had shot first (лучники Белдана выстрелили первыми).

The Denledhyssi arrows rattled on Corum's shield and against his greaves (стрелы денледисси стучали по щиту Корума, отскакивали от ножных лат). He felt something bite into his leg just above the knee, where he had scant protection (он почувствовал, как что-то впилось в его ногу как раз выше колена, где почти не было защиты; scant — скудный, недостаточный). He looked down (он посмотрел вниз). It was an arrow. It had passed completely through his leg and now half of it stuck out behind his knee (она прошла полностью через его ногу и теперь половина ее торчала позади колена; to stick out). He tried to stumble backwards, but it was hard to run with the arrow in him (он попытался идти, спотыкаясь, назад /к замку/, но было трудно бежать со стрелой в нем = в ноге). To pull it out with his only hand would mean he would have to drop his sword (вытащить ее единственной рукой означало, что ему придется бросить свой меч). He glanced towards the shore (он быстро глянул на берег).

As he had known they would, the first of the horsemen were beginning to cross (как он и предполагал, первые из всадников начинали переправляться /на другой берег/).
greaves [grJvz] knee [nJ] sword [sLd] glanced [glRnst]
Now another shout, this time from the castle's battlements, and a wave of arrows swept down. Beldan's archers had shot first.

The Denledhyssi arrows rattled on Corum's shield and against his greaves. He felt something bite into his leg just above the knee, where he had scant protection. He looked down. It was an arrow. It had passed completely through his leg and now half of it stuck out behind his knee. He tried to stumble backwards, but it was hard to run with the arrow in him. To pull it out with his only hand would mean he would have to drop his sword. He glanced towards the shore.

As he had known they would, the first of the horsemen were beginning to cross.
He began to drag himself back along the causeway for a few more yards (он прошел, волоча ногу, назад по дамбе еще несколько ярдов; to drag oneself along — плестись, брести, еле тащиться) and then he knew he would never reach the gates in time (но затем понял, что никогда не доберется до ворот вовремя). Quickly he knelt on his good leg, put his sword on the ground (он быстро опустился на колено здоровой ноги, положил меч на землю), snapped off part of the arrow at the front (отломил часть стрелы, /торчавшую/ спереди) and drew the rest through his leg, flinging it to one side (и протянул остальную часть через ногу, бросил ее в сторону).

He picked up his sword again and prepared to stand his ground (он снова поднял меч и приготовился защищаться: «не сдавать позиций»).

The warriors in the brass war-masks were galloping along the causeway two abreast, their new swords in their hands (воины в латунных боевых масках мчались по дамбе в два ряда, /держа/ новые клинки в руках; two abreast — построение в две шеренги; abreast — рядом, на одной линии).

Corum struck at the first rider and his blow was a lucky one (Корум ударил первого всадника, и его удар был удачным), for it hurled the man from his saddle (так как он выбил наездника из седла; to hurl — бросать /с силой/, швырять). The other rider had tried to strike at Corum but had missed and overshot (другой всадник попытался ударить Корума, но промахнулся и пролетел мимо; to overshoot — не попасть в цель; проскочить цель).


yard [jRd] abreast [q`brest] brass [brRs]
He began to drag himself back along the causeway for a few more yards and then he knew he would never reach the gates in time. Quickly he knelt on his good leg, put his sword on the ground, snapped off part of the arrow at the front and drew the rest through his leg, flinging it to one side.

He picked up his sword again and prepared to stand his ground.

The warriors in the brass war-masks were galloping along the causeway two abreast, their new swords in their hands.

Corum struck at the first rider and his blow was a lucky one, for it hurled the man from his saddle. The other rider had tried to strike at Corum but had missed and overshot.


Corum swung himself up into the pony's primitive saddle (Корум поднял себя = запрыгнул в примитивное седло пони). For stirrups there were just two leather loops hanging from the girth strap (вместо стремян использовались просто две кожаные петли, свисавшие с подпруги). Painfully, Corum managed to get his feet into these and block the sword blow from the returning rider (болезненно = с большим трудом, Корум сумел вдеть ноги в них и блокировать удар мечом возвращающегося всадника). Another rider came up now and his sword clanged on Corum's shield (еще один наездник подоспел теперь, и его меч лязгнул о щит Корума; to come up — приезжать; возникать). The horses were snorting and trying to rear (кони фыркали и пытались встать на дыбы), but the causeway was so narrow there was little room for manoeuvre (но дамба была столь узкой, /что/ было недостаточно места для движений; manoeuvre — маневр, ход, шаг) and neither Corum nor the other two could use their swords effectively as they tried to control their half-panicked horses (ни Корум, ни другие двое не могли эффективно использовать свои мечи, так как они пытались сдержать полуиспуганных = встревоженных коней).

The rest of the masked riders were forced to rein in their beasts for fear of toppling off the causeway into the sea (остальные всадники в масках должны были осадить своих животных = лошадей из страха упасть с дамбы в море; to rein in — остановить/ся/, обуздать, осадить /лошадь/; to top — падать /головой вниз/, опрокидывать/ся/) and this gave Beldan's archers the opportunity they required (и это дало лучникам Белдана возможность, в которой они нуждались = сыграло на руку). Dark sheets of arrows sped from the battlements and into the ranks of the Pony Tribesmen (темные тучи стрел летели со стен /замка/ в ряды варваров из пленен на пони; sheet — лист, простыня; пелена, стена /дождя, снега, огня и т.д./; to speed — мчаться, проноситься). More ponies went down than men, but it added further to the confusion (погибло больше лошадей, чем людей, но это добавило беспорядка = усилило суматоху; to go down — опускаться; ухудшаться, умирать; further — дальнейший, дополнительный; confusion — беспорядок, замешательство).


manoeuvre [mq`nHvq] rein [reIn] required [rI`kwaIqd] confusion [kqn`fjHZ(q)n]
Corum swung himself up into the pony's primitive saddle. For stirrups there were just two leather loops hanging from the girth strap. Painfully, Corum managed to get his feet into these and block the sword blow from the returning rider. Another rider came up now and his sword clanged on Corum's shield. The horses were snorting and trying to rear, but the causeway was so narrow there was little room for manoeuvre and neither Corum nor the other two could use their swords effectively as they tried to control their half-panicked horses.

The rest of the masked riders were forced to rein in their beasts for fear of toppling off the causeway into the sea and this gave Beldan's archers the opportunity they required. Dark sheets of arrows sped from the battlements and into the ranks of the Pony Tribesmen. More ponies went down than men, but it added further to the confusion.


Slowly Corum retreated down the causeway until he was almost at the gate (медленно Корум отступал по дамбе, пока не оказался почти у ворот). His shield arm was completely paralysed and his sword arm aching dreadfully (его рука со щитом была полностью парализована, а рука с мечом ужасно болела), but he still managed to continue defending himself against the riders (но он по-прежнему мог продолжать защищаться от всадников).

Glandyth was screaming at the pony barbarians (Гландит кричал на варваров на пони), trying to force them to retreat and regroup (пытаясь заставить их отступить и перестроиться). Evidently his plans of attack had not been followed (очевидно, его планы атаки не были приняты; to follow — следовать; придерживаться, разделять взгляды). Corum managed to grin (Корум сумел усмехнуться). At least that was something he had gained (по крайней мере, это было что-то, чего он добился = он добился разногласий в рядах врага).




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