Back Back Story: Elfredge

Thu 08/25/05 at 3:21 pm

I think it was sometime in 1982, but it could have been even a few years later, that my dad and I drove over from Forest City, Iowa to my hometown of Madelia, Minnesota. We stopped in at Luther Memorial Home, where he had served as the administrator from 1967 until the spring of 1973. While there, we ran into Julie Anderson’s mother who was employed there in some capacity or another. Julie had been one of my good friends during high school. I remember looking at her mom’s nameplate that to me read “Elfredge,” and thinking, “what a great name.” After all, I am a child of The Lord of the Rings. I am now fairly convinced I misread the nameplate. I still don’t know Mrs. Anderson’s name for sure, but I think it more closely resembles “Althea” — it could even be “Althea” — than “Elfredge.” Ever since that encounter, though, I knew if I ever wrote a book, I had a name for my hero.

Elfredge can currently be found on “Xbox Live” endeavoring to kill her fair share of Spartans and Elites as she traverses the various maps of Halo 2’s Rumble Pit. Look for her emblem, on a triangle field, or, valkyrie, tenne-vert.

Elfredge Heraldry

Soon, however, she will meet her greatest foe. And who, you ask, might that be? Well, could it be, . . . SATAN? Maybe, but then again, maybe not.

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