The Red Fairy Book - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

The Red Fairy Book - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations


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'I have been a lover of fairy stories since I learned to read,' Professor J.R.R. Tolkien once stated. 'The Red Fairy Book' was one of Tolkien's favorites. Fantasy and medieval literature specialist Douglas A. Anderson asserted, 'As a child Tolkien found delight in the variously colored fairy tale books of Andrew Lang. Especially he enjoyed "The Red Fairy Book", for it contained Lang's retelling of one of the greatest dragon stories in northern literature, that of Fafnir from the "Volsung Saga."' Dart-Thornton’s introduction sheds more light on Tolkien’s connection with ‘The Red Fairy Book’ and its editor, Andrew Lang. 'The Red Fairy Book' was illustrated by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed. As a child, and later as an adult, Tolkien was exposed to these pictures as he leafed through the pages of the fairy tales. Consciously or unconsciously, he came under their spell. More than 100 drawings adorned the pages of the original 1890 edition. This is a close replica of that edition, with every illustration and embellishment included. Twenty-first century readers are able to enjoy the pictures as young Tolkien would have enjoyed them. This gorgeously illustrated book was a source of immense joy to Tolkien as he was growing up, and contributed to his conception of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925110081
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd t/a Leaves of Gold Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Professor's Bookshelf , #4
Pages: 468
Sales rank: 493,068
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books-also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors-are a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and 1910. Each volume is distinguished by its own color. In all, 437 tales from a broad range of cultures and countries are presented. Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic. Although he did not collect the stories himself from the oral tradition, the extent of his sources, who had collected them originally-with the notable exception of Madame d'Aulnoy-made the collections immensely influential. Lang gave many of the tales their first appearance in English.
As acknowledged in the prefaces, although Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and retelling of the actual stories. According to Anita Silvey, "The irony of Lang's life and work is that although he wrote for a profession-literary criticism; fiction; poems; books and articles on anthropology, mythology, history, and travel...he is best recognized for the works he did not write."

Many of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books were illustrated by Henry J. Ford, with Lancelot Speed also contributing some illustrations.
Henry Justice Ford (1860-1941) was a prolific and successful English artist and illustrator, active from 1886 through to the late 1920s. Sometimes known as H. J. Ford or Henry J. Ford, he came to public attention when he provided the numerous beautiful illustrations for Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, which captured the imagination of a generation of British children and were sold worldwide in the 1880s and 1890s.
Lancelot Speed (13 June 1860 - 31 December 1931) was a Victorian illustrator of books, usually of a fantastical or romantic nature. He is probably most well known for his illustrations for Andrew Lang's fairy story books. [Wikipedia]

Cecilia Dart-Thornton is a highly acclaimed fantasy author whose books are popular across the globe and translated into several languages. Notable works include The Bitterbynde Trilogy.

Table of Contents

The Twelve Dancing Princesses 1

The Princess Mayblossom 15

Soria Moria Castle 35

The Death of Koshchei the Deathless 49

The Black Thief and Knight of the Glen 63

The Master Thief 79

Brother and Sister 99

Princess Rosette 107

The Enchanted Pig 125

The Norka 139

The Wonderful Birch 147

Jack and the Beanstalk 159

The Little Good Mouse 173

Graciosa and Percinet 187

The Three Princesses of Whiteland 207

The Voice of Death 215

The Six Sillies 221

Kari Woodengown 225

Drakestail 241

The Ratcatcher 249

The True History of Little Golden-hood 257

The Golden Branch 263

The Three Dwarfs 285

Dapplegrim 293

The Enchanted Canary 307

The Twelve Brothers 327

Rapunzel 335

The Nettle Spinner 341

Farmer Weatherbeard 351

Mother Holle 361

Minnikin 367

Bushy Bride 385

Snowdrop 393

The Golden Goose 405

The Seven Foals 411

The Marvellous Musician 421

The Story of Sigurd 425

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