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Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy

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Terry 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 Tolkiens imagination in a collection destined to become a classic in its own right.

Andrew Langs 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-Smiths “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 Tolkiens 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 Langs 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-Smiths 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 Dunsanys “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.

Synopsis:

Terry 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. <BR>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. <BR>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. <P>Tales Before Tolkien: 22 Magical Stories <BR>"The Elves" by Ludwig Tieck<BR>"The Golden Key" by George Macdonald<BR>"Puss-Cat Mew" by E. H. Knatchbull-Hugessen<BR>"The Griffin and the Minor Canon" by Frank R. Stockton<BR>"The Demon Pope" by Richard Garnett<BR>"The Story of Sigurd" by Andrew Lang<BR>"The Folk of the Mountain Door" by William Morris<BR>"Black Heart and White Heart" by H. Rider Haggard<BR>"The DragonTamers" by E. Nesbit<BR>"The Far Islands" by John Buchan<BR>"The Drawn Arrow" by Clemence Housman<BR>"The Enchanted Buffalo" by L. Frank Baum<BR>"Chu-bu and Sheemish" by Lord Dunsany<BR>"The Baumhoff Explosive" by William Hope Hodgson<BR>"The Regent of the North" by Kenneth Mo

Synopsis:

The Roots of Modern Fantasy. Classic stories that inspired the author of 'The Lord of the Rings'.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Elves /Ludwig Tieck
  2. Golden key /George MacDonald --Puss-cat mew /E.H. Knatchbull-Hugessen
  3. Griffin and the minor canon /Frank R. Stockton
  4. Demon pope /Richard Garnett
  5. Story of Sigurd /retold by Andrew Lang
  6. Folk of the mountain door /William Morris
  7. Black heart and white heart: a Zulu idyll /H. Rider Haggard
  8. Dragon tamers /E. Nesbit
  9. Far Islands /John Buchan
  10. Drawn arrow /Clemence Housman
  11. Enchanted buffalo /L. Frank Baum
  12. Chu-bu and Sheemish /Lord Dunsany
  13. Baumoff explosive /William Hope Hodgson
  14. Regent of the north /Kenneth Morris
  15. Coming of the terror /Arthur Machen
  16. Elf trap /Francis Stevens
  17. Thin queen of Elfhame /James Branch Cabell
  18. Woman of the wood /A. Merritt
  19. Golithos the ogre /E.A. Wyke-Smith
  20. Story of Alwina /Austin Tappan Wright
  21. Christmas play /David Lindsay.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345458551
Other:
Anderson, Douglas A.
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Other:
Anderson, Douglas A.
Author:
Anderson, Douglas A.
Author:
Anderson, Douglas
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, American
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, English
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
fantasy;anthology;fiction;short stories;mythology;fairy tales;sff
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
444
Dimensions:
9.20x6.16x.90 in. 1.29 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Terry 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. <BR>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. <BR>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. <P>Tales Before Tolkien: 22 Magical Stories <BR>"The Elves" by Ludwig Tieck<BR>"The Golden Key" by George Macdonald<BR>"Puss-Cat Mew" by E. H. Knatchbull-Hugessen<BR>"The Griffin and the Minor Canon" by Frank R. Stockton<BR>"The Demon Pope" by Richard Garnett<BR>"The Story of Sigurd" by Andrew Lang<BR>"The Folk of the Mountain Door" by William Morris<BR>"Black Heart and White Heart" by H. Rider Haggard<BR>"The DragonTamers" by E. Nesbit<BR>"The Far Islands" by John Buchan<BR>"The Drawn Arrow" by Clemence Housman<BR>"The Enchanted Buffalo" by L. Frank Baum<BR>"Chu-bu and Sheemish" by Lord Dunsany<BR>"The Baumhoff Explosive" by William Hope Hodgson<BR>"The Regent of the North" by Kenneth Mo
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