The King of Elfland’s Daughter

king of elfland's daughter lord dunsanyThe King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany, 5/5

The story may be a little weak (especially at the end), but there is a beautiful bleakness to Lord Dunsany’s prose that reminds me of Tolkien’s Silmarillion; the most fantastic scenarios are presented with an earnestness that makes you believe for a magical second that you are reading history, not fantasy.  I would place this tale in the same category as Mirrlees’ Lud-in-the-Mist and MacDonald’s Phantastes, but without their dizzying layers of allegory and meaning.

[Why I read it: Frustratingly, I can’t remember what led me to this book!  All I recall is ordering it from the library for some reason…]


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