1. Who does the stranger at the beginning of the book say he is, and how does Flick's family respond to this?
The stranger gives his name as Allanon. The Ohmsfords have all heard the stories of this historian, philosopher, and have even heard rumors that he practices the mystic arts.
2. Why does the stranger at the beginning of the book say he has come to the Vale?
After revealing his identity, Allanon tells Flick's family that he has come to the Vale to find Shea, Flick's brother with the Elvish features.
3. How is Flick described at the beginning of the book?
At the beginning of the book, Flick is described as being stocky, calm, and unintelligent and appears to almost blend into his surroundings; only his eyes reveal a hidden intelligence and the burning desire for adventure.
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