The Dark Is Rising Setting & Symbolism

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First Sign

Farmer Dawson gives Will an iron ornament as an early birthday present. It is a smooth, black, and old, but not rusted circle quartered with a cross. This is the first Sign. It grows cold as a warning that the Dark forces are nearby, and in Will's first test, burns his arm with the cold.

Second Sign

The Walker gives Will the second Sign, with some reluctance. Will must command him to hand it over first. The second Sign is a replica of the first Sign, except the second Sign is made in bronze. The Walker has been carrying it through six centuries.

Third Sign

The third Sign is the Sign of Wood, also called the Sign of Learning. The same symbol as the first two Signs, it is made of Rowan (mountain ash) because of the magical properties of the wood to protect against the...

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