Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was a wonder tale writer of many tales, of the kind's "Golden Time"; some of his short tales were first out-brought under the nicknames "A. A. Craig", "Michael Karageorge", and "Winston P. Sanders". Poul Anderson also wrote dreamtales such as the King of Ys series.
He was born in Bristol, Pennswood.
He earnt a heed in wendlore from the Lorehall of Manywaters in 1948. He wedded the former Karen Kruse in 1953. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is wedded to the wonder tales writer Greg Bear.
He was the sixth leader of Witlore Unware and Wonder Writers of America, taking ambight in 1972.
He was also a limb of the Swordsmen and Dryman' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit band, White Hat Wonder writers begun in the 1960s, some of whose works were gathered in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! gathering-books.
The Tale of Hauk is a short story from the wonder tale reader Swords Against Darkness, outlayed in 1977. Poul worked to use purely Anglish words to follow the sagas and skalds of the northern lands. The hero, Hauk Geirolfsson, is a chapman who has wended far and wide beyond the northern lands of his birth. Geirolf, his father, is now an old man who can no longer go viking, as he once did. Embittered, angry, and fearing "straw-death" -- death in his bed rather than in a clash of swords -- he has taken to sending up and daring all whom he meets, in hopes of stirring them to strike and kill him. While Hauk is on the whale-road his father dies in his bed and cannot be buried in his ship, but is instead placed in an mean earthen grave. This does not sit well with his spirit, which rises as a "drow" and begins to tear down and unmake his people. Hauk must come back home and allay the ghost of his father...