Tales before Tolkien
The Roots of Modern Fantasy annotated edition
By (author) Douglas Anderson
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Tales before Tolkien by Douglas Anderson
Book DescriptionTerry Brooks. David Eddings. George R. R. Martin. Robin Hobb. The top names in modern fantasy all acknowledge J. R. R. Tolkien as their role model, the author whose work inspired them to create their own epics. But what writers influenced Tolkien himself? Here, internationally recognized Tolkien expert Douglas A. Anderson has gathered the fiction of authors who sparked Tolkien s imagination in a collection destined to become a classic in its own right. Andrew Lang s romantic swashbuckler, The Story of Sigurd, features magic rings, an enchanted sword, and a brave hero loved by two beautiful women and cursed by a ferocious dragon. Tolkien read E. A. Wyke-Smith s The Marvelous Land of Snergs to his children, delighting in these charming tales of a pixieish people only slightly taller than the average table. Also appearing in this collection is a never-before-published gem by David Lindsay, author of Voyage to Arcturus , a novel which Tolkien praised highly both as a thriller and as a work of philosophy, religion, and morals. In stories packed with magical journeys, conflicted heroes, and terrible beasts, this extraordinary volume is one that no fan of fantasy or Tolkien should be without. These tales just might inspire a new generation of creative writers. Tales Before Tolkien: 22 Magical Stories The Elves by Ludwig Tieck The Golden Key by George Macdonald Puss-Cat Mew by E. H. Knatchbull-Hugessen The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank R. Stockton The Demon Pope by Richard Garnett The Story of Sigurd by Andrew Lang The Folk of the Mountain Door by William Morris Black Heart and White Heart by H. Rider Haggard The Dragon Tamers by E. Nesbit The Far Islands by John Buchan The Drawn Arrow by Clemence Housman The Enchanted Buffalo by L. Frank Baum Chu-bu and Sheemish by Lord Dunsany The Baumhoff Explosive by William Hope Hodgson The Regent of the North by Kenneth Morris The Coming of the Terror by Arthur Machen The Elf Trap by Francis Stevens The Thin Queen of Elfhame by James Branch Cabell The Woman of the Wood by A. Merritt Golithos the Ogre by E. A. Wyke-Smith The Story of Alwina by Austin Tappan Wright A Christmas Play by David Lindsay Once upon a time, fantasy writers were looked down upon by the literary mainstream as purveyors of mere escapism or, at best, bedtime tales fit only for children. Today fantasy novels stand atop the bestseller lists, while fantasy films smash box office records. Fantasy dominates the role-playing and computer gaming industries, and classic works in the genre are taught in schools and universities throughout the world. Credit for this amazing turnaround belongs to one man more than any other: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings . Terry Brooks. Robert Jordan. Terry Goodkind. George R.R. Martin. The top names in modern fantasy all acknowledge J.R.R. Tolkien as their model and master, the author whose work first fired their imaginations and inspired them to create their own epics. But what writers influenced Tolkien? Sir Isaac Newton once wrote, If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. As with the scientific genius of Newton, so, too, with the literary genius of Tolkien. Now internationally recognized Tolkien expert Douglas A. Anderson has gathered the fiction of some of those giants together for the first time in a collection destined to become a classic in its own right. In The Golden Key, the inspiration for Tolkien s short story Smith of Wootton Major , George Macdonald tells the tale of a boy whose quest for the end of the rainbow leads beyond the borders of the world. Andrew Lang s romantic swashbuckler, The Story of Sigurd, features magic rings, an enchanted sword, and a brave hero loved by two beautiful women and cursed by an evil dragon. Tolkien read E.A. Wyke-Smith s Marvelous Land of Snergs to his children, delighted with these charming tales of a pixieish people only slightly taller than the average table. Creatures with a fondness for human flesh are featured in Lord Dunsany s The Hoard of the Gibbelins, in which Alderic, a knight, sets out to rob the evil, man-eating Gibbelins of their fabled treasure-trove. In stories packed with magical journeys, conflicted heroes, and terrible beasts, this extraordinary volume is one that no fan of fantasy or Tolkien should be without. These tales just might inspire a new generation of creative writers."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780345458551
(235mm x 152mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Ballantine Books Inc.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Douglas Anderson
Douglas A. Anderson, a leading American Tolkien scholar, is acknowledged as the worldwide expert on the textual history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed the textual notes for all Houghton Mifflin editions of these titles for more than a decade. He has been a bookseller, in Ithaca, New York and northwest Indiana. He now lives in southwestern Michigan. He is the editor of The Annotated Hobbit. From the Hardcover edition.
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