The King of Elfland's Daughter

The King of Elfland s Daughter The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland s Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary

  • Title: The King of Elfland's Daughter
  • Author: Lord Dunsany
  • ISBN: 9781857987904
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King of Elfland's Daughter

    The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland s Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale following the happily ever after.

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    1. J.G. Keely

      In fantasy, I've seen magic used in many ways: as plot device, curio, religious allegory, and the personification of morals, but rarely do I find a book where magic is truly magical. Too often, it's a convenience, a cliche, but for Dunsany, magic is pervasive, mysterious, unknowable, and lovely. He captures a sense of the 'sublime': something so unbelievably beautiful that it becomes overwhelming, even frightening.Dunsany wrote his stories with a handmade quill in a single draft. His language is [...]

    2. Traveller

      Recommended for: Those who have patience and are comfortable with Victorian and poetic styles in prose, who have romantic souls, and people who enjoy reading poetry and who enjoy introspective, speculative, and exploratory literature and fanciful fantasy.Not recommended for :Those who prefer fast-paced action and down-to-earth and gritty prose styles and label some styles "too flowery"The name:" Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett" has a rather strange ring to it, doesn't it? I think "Lord Dunsany [...]

    3. mark monday

      a tale out of time: an old myth reinvented; a new myth born. a wayward bride, a forlorn husband, their son - a pitiless hunter. a defiant old woman; a melancholy old man. trolls delight in delight; unicorns are for slaughter. question: what is Time in Elfland? answer: a fantasy! twelve men want magic. madmen shall take captive a king. borders shall be crossed and boundaries may be as fleeting as dreams. be wary of what you wish for! love shall conquer all and death shall be no moreose like poetr [...]

    4. Mark

      What can i say ? Absolutely wondrous. I adored this and it is the perfect book to read when you live by yourself because its another of those that demand to be read out loud. The cat was very entertained.It is the story of a mortal going in search of a means to bring magic to his valley at the request of his father, the Lord of Erl because the Lord's parliament of 12 men asked for magic. The boy, Alveric, seeks Elfland and, in finding it, encounters the love of his life, Lirazel the Elf Princess [...]

    5. Cecily

      A beautifully-written, Edwardian faerie story for adults - not that there's any "adult" content, and were it published today, it would probably be classed as YA (despite some rather unpleasant hunting). However, it only gets 3*, as a reflection of my enjoyment of it; I prefer things a little darker, even though the moral is perhaps "Be careful what you wish for"OTIt is essentially a tale of young love across a cultural chasm (human Alveric and elfin Lirazel), the quest of Orion (not the Greek go [...]

    6. Kyle

      Forget that leathery old man on the beer commercials with two giant "X's," he's a nobody. The real most interesting man in the world is Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, or at least he would have been in his time. And by the way, that's Lord Dunsany to you! As the 18th Baron of Dunsany, he had the opportunity to simply relax, attend parties, and generally take life easy. But that would have been a waste, would it not? I mean, we only live once; so dammit, live like you want to live! Instead of [...]

    7. Algernon

      Brought to my attention by this note on the cover : "Introduction by Neil Gaiman." I've been on a good roll where Gaiman is concerned with Neverwhere and The Sandman read this year, so his glowing praise for Lord Dunsany made me put this classic fantasy forward in my queue: "His words sing, like those of a poet who got drunk on the prose of the King James Bible, and who has still not yet become sober." The style is the first thing that struck me about the novel, archaic yet elegant, the language [...]

    8. Rod

      ★★★★½If this book were written today, it wouldn't be a book, it would be a seven-part series with each volume consisting of 800 to 1,000 pages. Every character would have a first and last name and an elaborate backstory. There would be extensive genealogical charts and detailed maps of every nook of its gigantic world, because, you know, "world building." And it would be incredibly tiresome.What the good Lord Dunsany gave us was something much more wonderful, a poetic, elegiac fairy tal [...]

    9. Jonathan Terrington

      The King of Elfland's Daughter is one of the most perfectly beautiful fantasy novels ever written. Yet, in the sea of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.R.R Martin clones it appears to be a forgotten relic. This is a shame - not only because of the sheer aesthetic delight of Lord Dunsany's writing - because many fantasy authors could learn from this novel, the value of subtlety and artful storytelling. In a sea of blatant plots and unmagical magic structures, Lord Dunsany's work is a wondrous and magical deli [...]

    10. Steve

      Not going to happen. The first 70 pages are as beautiful as it gets. And then things began to drift. An endless hunt for a unicorn (which was kind of boring), and a troll meditating on the nature of time. At this point I threw it across the room. Seriously, I felt somewhat duty bound to read this, since Lovecraft loved LD (and I like Lovecraft). Like Lovecraft, Dunsany works, IMHO, best in the shorter bites. If you like (archaic) poetic language and high fantasy, I highly recommend Eddison's The [...]

    11. Miriam

      I am a little hesitant to give this a 3, for Dunsany writes wonderfully. His prose is by turns lyrical, clever, humorous, insightful, and moving. However, I don't so much enjoy reading long descriptive passages with very little action or even plot. Although the plot elements were solidly put into place, they then don't do much for the bulk of the book, and by halfway through I mostly stopped caring. Dunsany seemed far more interested in landscape and atmosphere than characters.

    12. Simon

      I think this is the first Dunsany book I ever read and it was high time that I went back for a re-read. Doing so is always risky, especially when it is one you had such fond memories from because invariably they fail to live up to your expectations. I am happy to say that this was not the case this time. I loved it all over again.My memory of the plot points was quite sketchy it had to be said but really this story isn't about the plot. Nor is it about the characters that one might be tempted to [...]

    13. Mosy

      به عنوان یک طرفدار فانتزی، خوشحالم که این کتاب رو خوندم، چون من رو با یک وجه جدیدی از فانتزی آشنا کرد و باعث شد از این به بعد توجه بیشتری به آثار فانتزی قدیمی بکنم.دختر شاه پریان اثری است با یک داستان نسبتا ساده و مملواز توصیفات شاعرانه. حجم این توصیفات عمیق آنقدر زیاده که عملا [...]

    14. Kristen

      WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS. Lots of spoilers. I should begin this review by saying that I wanted to like this book. On paper, I should have. And I tried to have some degree of historical relativism while reading it, but honestly the whole book was so maddening I could hardly stand it. There is NO character development whatsoever -- none. Aside from this, I'll try to detail out just some of the things that I think go wrong with it:1) The very premise of the book is flimsy and unengagi [...]

    15. Nikki

      I can't really understand people disliking this book. Well, no, I can: the language is olde worlde, the phrase 'the fields we know' is used far too many times, it's more of a fairytale like story than modern fantasy, though it's sold as being one of the defining moments for the genre, and if you're looking at it from a modern point of view, the characters and their motivations are hopelessly unsatisfying.I thought the language was beautiful, though: Dunsany struck just the right note for me, and [...]

    16. kaśyap

      A wonderful poetic fairytale that is very rich and detailed. WIth his descriptive and lyrical prose and the leisurely pace of the story, Dunsany can transport you to a world of wonder.The story starts in Erl, a medieval England like setting with the parliament of Erl petitioning their lord about their wish for a magic lord to rule them. The lord of Erl then bids his son Alveric to go to Elfland, a mythical and magical world filled with elves, unicorns, trolls and other magical creatures, and mar [...]

    17. Lisa Reads & Reviews

      This was a pleasure. I read in the evenings and for this novel, I always looked forward to returning daily to the poetic prose and magical landscape of Elfland. The writer, you can tell, is mature and steady in his craft, beautiful minded, and simply perfect. His voice is calming and rich. Something interesting--I loved Infinite Jest too, but that novel is 180 degrees different from The King of Elfland's Daughter. Foster's voice, while clever and insightful, felt unstable, wobbly, and exploring [...]

    18. Farbod Azsan

      مشخصات کتاب:دختر شاه پریاننویسنده: لرد دانسنی سال انتشار: ۱۹۲۴ترجمه‌ی فارسی: دخ‍ت‍ر ش‍اه‌ پ‍ری‍ان‌/ ل‍رد دان‍س‍ن‍ی‌‏‫؛ ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌ آرش‌ ح‍ج‍ازی‌. ‏ ت‍ه‍ران‌: درای‍ت‌‏‫، ۱۳۷۸. ‏‫۲۵۰ ص.خلاصه‌ی داستان:“دختر شاه پریان” ، تجربه‌ای ابتکاری از موضوعی غیرعادی اس [...]

    19. Mary Catelli

      A classic of the fantasy genre. The parliament of Erl comes to their Lord -- they want a magic lord. So the lord, obediently, sends his son off to find the title daughter. He succeeds. And this book goes on to chronicle what happens after.It involves the ceremony of marriage for mermaids who forsake the sea, a dove cote, a hunt for the unicorn, the horns of elfland, a sword made of thunderbolt iron, and more, but the real reason for reading Dunsany is, of course, the crystalline singing prose:To [...]

    20. Mike (the Paladin)

      At times during the reading of this book, like Alveric I felt that I must have "lost Elfland". Reading Dunsany's prose is often much like reading poetry and it took me a while to get back into the rhythm. While in many ways this is a book not to be missed, read it when nothing presses.t time, not life, not circumstances. The outside pressing in will take away from this volume as it's more an experince than a story.For those who haven't read Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett the eighteenth Baron [...]

    21. Sesana

      I kind of feel like this story started to get away from Lord Dunsany. It starts beautifully, with perfect fairy tale styling. And there are, throughout, some incredibly beautiful passages. I especially loved the witch's response to being asked for a spell to banish magic. But about midway through it starts to drag, with the unicorn hunt, and it lost some of that magic for me. It's a shame, because Dunsany was a very talented writer, with a knack for descriptions. (Of which there are many, and lo [...]

    22. Mohammed

      Not the most original story but the writing,the wit,the beauty of the story is so great that it fills you with awe.I still think Lord Dunsany is even stronger in short story form,he does other forms of story in his short stories like no other i have ever read.Novel or short form, he is literary giant,stylist that must be read.

    23. J.Aleksandr Wootton

      Absolutely beautiful storytelling. Dunsany helped bridge us from fairytales to modern fantasy; stylistically, Tolkien owes to Dunsany the haunting lilt of his best English phrasing. This story delights and surprises, and turns upon rather a different theme than readers are led to expect. Highly recommended.

    24. Werner

      Aside from one of his short stories, this is (to date) my only experience with Lord Dunsany's work; but along with William Morris and George MacDonald, he was one of the three principal shapers of the English-language fantasy tradition before Tolkien. This is usually considered one of his more important works. It's set in an alternate England sharing a numinous, and permeable, border with Elfland and at times visited by stray unicorns (you have to take the premise on its own terms, not subject i [...]

    25. Margaret

      The King of Elfland's Daughter was written in the 1920s, yet feels much older. The town Erl lies on the edge of Elfland, and when Alveric, a human prince, marries Lirazel, an elvish princess, the line between the mundane and the magic begins to blur.I found this quote by Jo Walton that sums up my feelings on the novel: it "is probably best described as good but odd. [Dunsany] isn’t at his best writing characters, which gets peculiar at novel length. What he could do, what he did better than an [...]

    26. Lila

      This book is important for its historical significance. If one is expecting a fast paced epic fantasy they will be in for a disappointment. In my case it is not at all that I only want to read action packed stories. However for novel length books I prefer more in depth characters. One dimensional characters do not bother me in tales, but I expect more in novels. I find I would have enjoyed the style of writing in this novel had it been shorter. I do appreciate the language and also the fact that [...]

    27. Aric Cushing

      Really great book if you have the patience. Today's audiences may find it superfluous on many levels, especially in a variety of descriptions. But there are so many times in the book where Dunsany achieves true greatness. This is a fairy tale for the literary crowd, with amazing images, and a classic for the die-hard fantasy/fairy audience of today.

    28. Marquise

      3.5 stars. This was a charming little tale of magic and love between a human prince & an Elf princess, and the quest the former embarks on when she disappears as a result of difficulties adapting to human ways. It can be a tad too sugary at times, but the prose is lovely and the plot well developed.

    29. Printable Tire

      A scathing critique of organized religion and immigration policies.I have a real review, but it can only be told of in song.

    30. Sandy

      Lord Dunsany's "The King of Elfland's Daughter" is a classic fantasy novel that I'd been hearing of and reading good things about for years. Friends had recommended it, the book appears in Cawthorn and Moorcock's overview volume "Fantasy: The 100 Best Books," and one of my favorite authors of all time, H.P. Lovecraft, gushes about its author in his scholarly piece entitled "Supernatural Horror in Literature." In that piece, H.P. famously writes that Dunsany is "unexcelled in the sorcery of cryst [...]

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