Over the widely scattered tribes of man, there once ruled iron fate with silent force. The better times had waned. The present dark age had begun. -- In the First, golden, Age man had reaped the fruits of the earth with ease, toiling but little to earn his daily meal. Illness and the debilities of old age were unknown. There was no malice, no strife, no pride, no fraud, no jealousy and no envy. -- In the Second Age the sacred gods came into being, with all manner of rights and ...