- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; Reprint edition (1 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816677557
- ISBN-13: 978-0816677559
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 18.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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"The greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read."--J. R. R. Tolkien
"The archaic manner . . . you have to do it perfectly. It's a high wire: one slip spoils all. The man who did it perfectly was, of course, Eddison. If you love language for its own sake, he is irresistible."--Ursula K. Le Guin
About the Author
Eric Rücker Eddison (1882–1945) so loved the William Morris and George Webbe Dasent translations of the Old Norse sagas that he taught himself to read Old Icelandic. He studied classics at Trinity College and went on to write five novels—including the fantasy classic, The Worm Ouroboros.
Paul Edmund Thomas is a literary scholar who has focused most of his work on E. R. Eddison and J. R. R. Tolkien.
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I had problems with several of Eddison's other books: overflowery language - The Worm Ouroboros - and characters that were well drawn and defined, but which I hated. This book is a more straightforward tale, with the elegant prose which I expected - seldom overdone in this work - interesting characters, and an unpredictable and interesting plot.
Well worth reading.
He took his inspiration from a very few references and fleshed them out into a pretty complete story, which holds up almost a century after initial publication.
This is not easy reading. I needed to look up cool words like firth, chap, and garth in the dictionary. Notice that there are no words derived from Latin or Greek in this book! It's really amazing. Again, if you're a word nerd, you'll enjoy it.
As for the story, it's gripping. The character of Styrbiorn is not always likeable, but he's a force of nature. A few scenes were so sublime that I left off reading for a bit just to process what was going on between the lines. Also, the Minnesota Press paperback has a cover with a really cool matte texture.
The language is a Joy to read.
Not Fantasy this time, but filed with Magnificent Powerful scenes.