Ethelind, the miller's wife, was a young woman who lived in the same small village that Alianora and Theodo made their home. One morning she went to the village well to draw water and to hear the gossip of the other village womenfolk. She had some especially juicy tidbit concerning the latest misadventure of Walacho, the village drunk, and was about to recount it when Berthrada, another townswoman, called out that a stranger had just come out of the woods and was approaching. Ethelind was irked at the interruption but the group fell silent and watched him come closer. He was a tall middle aged man, dressed in knightly garb with a sword and dagger on his belt but without armor. Ethelind exclaimed that he wasn't at all bad looking but Alianora said he was too old for her. Ethelind and the other womenfolk were surprised again when the stranger recognized Alianora and called her by name and that she recognized him and called him Holger, a near legendary figure from the war thirty years before.