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Tolkien was a curse for fantasy literature.

An interesting account of the cost of national independence and our reliance on the past to carry out our dirty work so we can live off the bloody spoils. What a brilliant idea. I have sometimes struggled to find a appropriate comparison to describe Lord Dunsany’s writing to those who haven’t read it.

For this a human soul was required.

Publicado originalmente no meu blogue. To and fro and up and down they would walk through the marble streets, gazing at memorials of the things achieved by their country’s swords in the ha.

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories

And beside Rollory, like an old nurse, the figure of Victory sat, hammering into a golden wreath of laurels for his head the crowns of fallen kings. Ten magnificent illustrations by S. The Fortress Unvanquishable was a great example of early Sword and Sorcery, helping to shape the core elements of Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian and many others that followed in their example. A collection of really excellent fantasy stories from Lord Dunsany This collection contains some really excellent short fantasy stories from the Appendix N author, Lord Dunsany.

Some of my favorite lines: In the title tale the selleran dreams of Merimna, an ancient city now populated by nothing but the statues of its past heroes. The title story, “The Sword of Welleran”, is the espaada tale I read by Dunsany, and it still is perhaps my most favorite fantasy short story.


She is judged instantly for not knowing the proper social etiquette of society and being moved to love by the vicar’s sermon.

It has a quality as if it comes from personal experience, which is uncanny if it is entirely fiction. I will be giving a short review for each of the stories after I read them and then decide on a final rating as a whole!

This is not Victorian claptrap. A splendid collection including some of Dunsany’s finer stories the titular Sword of Welleran, and The Fortress Unvanquishable Save by Sacnoth, amongst others plus prose poems reminiscent of his earlier work in Time and the Gods and The Gods of Peganaand the occasional early 20th Century ghost story.

lecturas errantes: The Sword of Welleran, de Lord Dunsany

Last but certainly not least, ‘The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save For Sacnoth’ is fantasy fiction at its very best, in which a lowly hero takes on an evil magician whose ‘dreams came flitting through the forest, and led men’s souls into the plains of Hell. Jan 16, Kristyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, one night the little Wild Thing comes across a cathedral by the edge of the marsh, and is struck by the beauty of the music of the people and the vision of the angels receiving their prayers.

So, for what it’s worth as a genial suggestion, after this Dunsany volume you might want to bookend your reading experience with Hav. The first part of the story, his quest for the legendary sword Sacnoth which Gaznok cannot destroy is the best part. There is a range and an irreverent creativity here that I don’t think has been equalled since. A wonderful collection of fantasy tales that feel ancient.


Well it’s not so difficult: It is hard to describe the flow of the narrative and control of the language with a few isolated examples, but here is an excerpt that demonstrates the mystery and turns of phrase present in his writing: Soms wel erg parabelachtig. From this point the story espadda into the ridiculous, with the author considering what would happen if he framed his brother’s murder on ghosts.

I don’t think this is anything particularly new or valuable. In this tale, all the heroes are dead hundreds of years and their city Merinma no longer practices the martial arts but relies on ominous statues and songs to keep invaders away.

They will take you on a remarkable journey to places that sometimes seem soft and pleasant, sometimes bleak and ominous — but always surprising. De facto, de todos os contos que li de Lord Dunsany, este foi o que me agradou menos. They can be gentle or feverish; they can be pointed or vague. These are alright if you have the patience for them, but they can’t compete with the dog-like sins that plague a house that may be full of ghosts, or an ancient sword that basically turns its carrier into a mass-murderer on the battlefield.

I’m imagining something like the clicking crocodile in Peter Panbut entirely bronze and much longer.