The Saga of Eric Brighteyes - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

The Saga of Eric Brighteyes - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

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ERIC BRIGHTEYES – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED TOLKIEN. With original illustrations.

Rider Haggard is among a small selection of Victorian and Edwardian writers whom Professor J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) acknowledged by name. In her introduction to this new edition Cecilia Dart-Thornton says, ‘Haggard’s classic is an action-packed adventure filled with Viking feasts duels, battles on land and sea, romance, treachery, magic, beautiful women and brave heroes. In a description that could be straight out of “The Lord of the Rings”, Haggard writes that Eric “was strong and great of stature, his hair was yellow as gold, and his grey eyes shone with the light of swords.”' ‘For both authors, landscape plays as important a part as any character, and is described in concise yet evocative language. Haggard plunges his readers among the dizzying precipices, waterfalls, fast flowing rivers, icy winters and stormy seas of his fantastic Iceland, much as Tolkien sweeps us into Middle-Earth.’ Enriched by almost sixty vibrant vignettes and illustrations by the hand of artist Lancelot Speed, this book is a close replica of the 1891 edition, published when Tolkien was one year old. He read it during the formative years of his youth, absorbing, no doubt, the lavish details of the pictures as he perused the tale. Speed was a highly accomplished and prolific fantasy illustrator during Tolkien's lifetime, and he illuminated many titles Tolkien is known to have read. A dwarf-forged sword wrested from Barrow Dwellers, its bright blade engraved with runes; the appellation: 'Ring-giver'; poetry and song; a hero with grey eyes - these and many more resemblances of style and content exist between Haggard's classic tale and 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925110104
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd t/a Leaves of Gold Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Professor's Bookshelf , #6
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 - 14 May 1925) was an English author. He wrote adventure novels in exotic settings, chiefly colonial Africa, where he lived, worked and travelled for several years. Professor JRR Tolkien greatly enjoyed Haggard's novels, in particular 'She' (1887) and 'Eric Brighteyes' (1891). Fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft, too, praised Haggard. Several of Haggard's books contain references to volcanoes. Reading them, one is reminded of Tolkien's descriptions of Mount Doom. In 'She', Haggard depicts marshlands reminiscent of the Dead Marshes in The Lord of the Rings. Haggard's protagonists, like Tolkien's, make long journeys, endure painful ordeals, travel underground and are often swept into wars. They encounter beings who are either impossibly long-lived or immortal. Landscape, rock formations and geography play a vital role in Haggard's adventures, as they do in Tolkien's work. To 21st century readers, some of Haggard's work may seem 'politically incorrect'. He was a man of his time, as we are people of ours. His books are not devoid of racism, sexism and ruthless exploitation of wild animals; it is best, however, to with-hold judgement and not allow it to spoil the pleasure of reading literary classics.

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. Speed is credited as the designer on the 1916 silent movie version of the novel She by H. Rider Haggard, which he had illustrated. [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

I. How Asmund the Priest Found Groa the Witch

II. How Eric Told his Love to Gudruda in the Snow on Coldback

III. How Asmund bade Eric to his Yule-Feast

IV. How Eric came down Golden Falls

V. How Eric Won the Sword Whitefire

VI. How Asmund the Priest was Betrothed to Unna

VII. How Eric Went up Mosfell against Skallagrim the Baresark

VIII. How Ospakar Blacktooth found Eric Brighteyes and Skallagrim Lambstail on Horse-Head Heights

IX. How Swanhild dealt with Gudruda

X. How Asmund spoke with Swanhild

XI. How Swanhild bid Farewell to Eric

XII. How Eric was Outlawed and sailed a-Viking

XIII. How Hall the Mate cut the Grapnel-Chain

XIV. How Eric Dreamed a Dream

XV. How Eric Dwelt in London Town

XVI. How Swanhild walked the Seas

XVII. How Asmund the Priest wedded Unna, Thorod’s Daughter

XVIII. how earl atli found eric and skallagrim on the southern rocks of Straumey Isle

XIX. How Koll the Half-Witted brought Tidings from Iceland

XX. How Eric was Named Anew

XXI. How Hall of Lithdale took Tidings to Iceland

XXII. How Eric came Home again

XXIII. How Eric was a Guest at the Wedding-Feast of Gudruda the Fair

XXIV. How the Feast went

XXV. How the Feast ended

XXVI. How Eric ventured down to Middalhof and what he found

XXVII. How Gudruda went up to Mosfell

XXVIII. How Swanhild won Tidings of Eric

XXIX. How Went the Bridal Night

XXX. How the Dawn came

XXXI. How Eric sent away his Men from Mosfell

XXXII. How Eric and Skallagrim grew fey

XXXIII. How Eric and Skallagrim fought their Last Great Fight

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