A faithful hound sits behind a shield, gauntlets, and a sword—a pile of battle-ready belongings, but no knight to wear them. Why is this very good boy keeping watch, and where’s his presumably un-armored human? Saddle up for another round of io9's Concept Art Writing Prompt series, where we share an image and invite you to get creative with a story in the comments.
This particular illustration comes from one of our favorite sources for public domain images: the British Library Flickr archive. The historical context provided tells us that this particular image comes from “The Merry Ballads of the Olden Time, illustrated in pictures & rhyme,” a monograph published in 1880 by “F. Warne.” No idea what ballad accompanied this image, but if you feel like writing your contribution in rhyme, go for it!
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