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MOON OF THREE RINGS [kv1]
For a good plot summary/set-up and some commentary on Norton, I rely on P. Schuyler Miller, and use excerpts from his review in Analog (June 1967):
"But Moon of Three Rings is not only the story of why it is that Krip Vorlund has taken refuge in the body of an animal, or how he is going to find his kidnapped body and return to it. Even for an Andre Norton story, there are almost as many interwoven plots as in one of A. E. Van Vogt's most intricate tangles. The difference is that they make sense. One of the feudal princelings of Yiktor has a very practical reason for wanting to capture a Free Trader and pry out of him information that will give him the same advantages and powers the off-worlders enjoy. Maelen, one of an ancient race who were the hill-folk of Yiktor long before Earthmen found it has a mission of her own. Her people, the remaining Thassa, have their traditions and their motives.
This is one of the stories which Andre Norton embroiders the theme of symbiosis between men and animals in the far future. The Thassa can link themselves telepathically with the intelligent animals who take part in their tent shows and in whose bodies they live and run in exchange. Like T. H. White's Merlin… the Thassa know that to be an animal is a vital educational tool." [P. Schuyler Miller]