176 THE SHADOWS.
beneath, that the king saw neither surface, bottom, nor substance to it, and seemed to be gliding only through the blue sphere of heaven, with the stars above him, and the stars below him, and between the stars and him nothing but an emptiness, where, for the first time in his life, his soul felt that it had room enough.
At length they reached the rocky shores of Iceland. There they landed, still pursuing their journey. All this time the king felt no cold ; for the red stones in his crown kept him warm, and the emerald and sapphire eyes of the wild beast? kept the frosts from settling upon his litter.
Oftentimes upon their way they had to pass through forests, caverns, and rock-shadowed paths, where it was so dark that at first the king feared he should lose his Shadows altogether. But as soon as they entered such places, the diamond in his sceptre began to shine, and glow, and flash,