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the Dark Tower links :
Nineteen (19)
the Robert Browning poem

Connects to :
Black House
Eyes of the Dragon

First line :
On a day in Full Earth so hot that it seemed to suck the breath from his chest before his body could use it, Roland of Gilead came to the gates of a village in the Desatoya Mountains.

Notes :
The Little Sisters of Eluria is a story written for the "Legends" collection of short fantasy works. It was later collected in Everything's Eventual.

The story concerns Roland and an adventure he has before we meet him in The Gunslinger and after the events in Wizard and Glass.

Main characters :
Roland Deschain
Sister Jenna
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  • Written : 1996 - 1997
  • Synopsis :
    Roland finds himself in a deserted town, or so he thinks at first. Finding a young dead boy, he sees a gold necklace, and takes it to look closer, but is savagely attacked by green mutants before he can look closely.
    He is nursed back to health by the Little Sisters of Eluria, but all is not as it seems, as the sisters have strange powers, and a taste for blood!

    The book and subsequent series was inspired by the poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning.

    The Little Sisters of Eluria is a short novel of about 80 pages. It takes us back to a time when Roland was still on the trail of the Man in Black, long before we first meet him in The Gunslinger. As far as I know, Little Sisters will not be Part of Dark Tower V, and it's uncertain if it will ever make into any of the forthcoming novels.

    Personally, I find this unlikely because I don't see how it could fit into the storyline, assuming we will be learning more about the future of Roland's quest (i.e. following the main plot) in the next installments, instead of further flashbacks to the past. Also, since King seems to be tying more and more of his works to the Dark Tower saga (at the latest, Little Sisters connects Desperation to Roland's World), it would seem quite reasonable to see more closely related stories like Little Sisters appear out of the line of the Dark Tower Books.


    Hodder & Stoughton 2002.

    416 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 77073 2.
    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Copyright © 2002 by Stephen King.

    Author © photograph 2000 Jimmy Malecki.


    no dedication


    I. Full Earth. The Empty Town. The Bells.
    The Dead Boy. The Overturned Wagon.
    The Green Folk.

    II. Rising. Hanging Suspended. White Beauty.
    Two Others. The Medallion.

    III. Five Sisters. Jenna. The Doctors of Eluria.
    The Medallion. A Promise of Silence.

    IV. A Bowl of Soup. The Boy in the Next Bed.
    The Night-Nurses.

    V. Sister Mary. A Message. A Visit from Ralph.
    Norman's Fate. Sister Mary Again.

    VI. Jenna. Sister Coquina. Tamra,
    Michela, Louise. The Cross-Dog.
    What Happened in the Sage.

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