William Morris (1834-1896) was a British artist and writer. Morris wrote poetry, fiction and translated Icelandic. Morris was part of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and was one of the founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris believed that art should be hand made and affordable. He also felt that no one form of art was superior to any other. As an artist Morris worked with textiles in weaving, dyeing, carpet making, and wood block printing. His writing often reflected his socialist views. The House of Wolfings is the story of the Wolfings who fight, and destroy the invading Roman legions. The setting is a fictitious European Saxon community. The Saxons are resisting the decadence of Imperial Rome. Morris collaborated with Norse scholar Eirikr Magnusson. Morris contributed his beautiful prose and poetic style with Magnussons literal translation of the original text. Morriss work has influenced Tolkien, Lewis and other writers.