The Story of Hong Gildong

  • "A blue dragon appeared, shaking its beard, glaring with its frightful eyes, and opening wide its red mouth as it rushed at the minister to hunt him down. Taking great fright, he tried to flee from the creature but it quickly enveloped him. He woke up then and realized that it had all been a dream."
  • "As soon as he finished speaking, he ran toward Gildong in sword dance with his dagger raised to strike. Gildong, in is fury, wanted to kill him right then and there, but he did not have a weapon in hand, so he quickly flew into the air in the embrace of a wind spirit."
  • "Gildong went into his mother's chamber to bid her farewell. 'I must flee in exhile, on a long and rough road that stretches endlessly before me. I ask you Mother, not to worry about your unworthy son and to take good care of yourself as you await my return'...As Gildong bowed down twice and took his final leave of her, he could hardly speak for the emotions that overwhelmed him...Their inevitable parting was drenched in tears."
  • "He stood up, and followed the stream for a few ri until in ended at a waterfall, behind which he detected a hidden stone gateway...Gildong went forth to the central building, where he saw numerous people enjoying a great feast with tables scattered with dishes and drinking cups. They seemed to behaving an arguement among themselves. This was the lair of the bandits of Taesobaek Mountain."
  • "The sun set and the moon rose in the east, wolves appeared in all directions. The general became increasingly fearful, yet he could do nothing but embrace a large tree and wait for the youth to return."
  • "He addressed the king in a prostrate position. 'I, a most disloyal and wicked subject named Hong Gildong, have committed a great crime against the country and troubled the mind of your Majesty...[Yet] Your Majesty favored me... Your benevolence knows no bounds.I would like nothing better than to dedicate myself to repaying your kindness in what paltry way I can, but Heaven has commanded me to go elsewhere. So on this day I have come to take my leave of Your Majesty, and to wish you a long and healthy life.'"
  • "It was the most pleasant place of the fairest scenery featuring many peaks and valleys...There, the king [Gildong] built a clean and well-constructed thatched hut of several gan, and lived there with his queen."
  • Gildong Character Sheet
  • Gildong Character Sheet Pt. 2
  • Gildong Character Sheet Pt. 3
  • King and Lady Character Sheet
  • Minister and Assassin Character Sheet
  • Wolves and General Character Sheet