The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories
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12 tales by a master of the English language take readers on flights of fancy and make-believe. Enhanced by the author's power of expression and 10 ethereal illustrations by S. H. Simes, the collection includes such inventive tales as "The Highwayman," "In the Twilight," "The Ghosts," "The Lord of Cities," and the title piece.
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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 Pegana, and the occasional early 20th Century ghost story. As always, the chief attraction is his gorgeous, almost Biblical prose.
Tolkien was a curse for fantasy literature.

The professor, speaking the truth, has no fault, but he and the ones who declared the commercial success of the "tolkenian" vision of fantasy (Terry Brooks and Dungeons & Dragons above all) were a curse for this genre. Today, any writer of fantasy must deal with the pattern elves-dwarves-orcs-humans-hobbits/halflings to embrace it, deny it or parody it, at least to some extent.

Maybe fantasy was much more simple for Lord Dunsany: there was no Tolkien

En Wikipedia se dice que Lord Dunsany es precursor de Tolkien, Lovecraft y muchos otros escritores de literatura fantástica. Este compendio de cuentos y relatos lo deja muy claro: cuentos de fantasía épica (como "La espada de Welleran", que da nombre al libro, o "La fortaleza invencible salvo que Sacnoth la ataque"), cuentos de hadas ("La parentela de los elfos"), relatos de fantasmas ("Los salteadores de caminos") y muchos otros que rezuman onirismo, intertextualidades bíblicas, fascinación por...more
Althea Ann
Review of just the title story:

The city of Merinma's heroes and defenders are legendary. Just the rumors of their martial prowess have effectively protected the city into an age of peace and safety. Which has been a good thing, since all the heroes are long-dead, leaving only statues and monuments behind. But when the city finally faces emboldened invaders, the spirit of those heroes enters the populace... but also causes them to realize that an era is passed and gone.
Dunsany's artificially elev...more
Joel Puga
A Espada de Welleran

Lord Dusany é um nome incontornável da fantasia mundial. E este é o conto dele que mais apreciei, pelo menos dos que li até ao momento. Fala-nos do poder dos mitos e das lendas e da influência que têm na vida dos homens. Como podem proteger ou destruir.
O ambiente é excelente. A descrição da cidade de Merimna, em especial as estátuas, cheias de simbolismo, é fenomenal. A maneira como a história da cidade e dos seus herois nos é relatada está muito bem conseguida. E tudo escrit...more
Hal Brodsky
Lord Dunsany was an Irish Nobleman who was intrumental in popularizing Chess in Ireland, invented his own version of "Fantasy Chess" (one side has standard pieces and the other 32 pawns) which is still being played, and wrote fantasy books and stories which he successfully published. Tolkein was apparently influenced by Dunsany.
Most of the stories in this collection are what I would classify as mood pieces, without much tension and drama.
The writing is beautiful and often Victorian. Get this b...more
I read the whole of "The Sword of Welleran" to my wife's abdomen the other night, as part of Project Fetal Education. I'm not sure how the child took to it, but my wife fell asleep well before the end.

Reciting it revealed how much of an acquired taste Dunsany really is, with bardic stylings and a sort of high language that almost demands performance and an unhinged sentence structure that forces rereading until you think you understand it. And occasionally, such as with "The Lord of Cities", the...more
Gorgeous, poetic fantasy. Short stories about exotic places and the beauty of nature. The best is 'The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save For Sacnoth', that reads like a description of the best Dark Souls level ever.
Ces nouvelles ont été écrites au début du 20è siècle. L’écriture est très poétique mais j’ai eu beaucoup de mal à rentrer dans l’univers de Dunsany. Certains contes sont assez jolis, comme "Les Cousines du Peuple elfin" (une créature des marais voudrait une âme) ou celui où l’Amour s’adresse à un vieil homme, mais la plupart m’ont laissés indifférente, voire m’ont agacés à cause de la surcharge de répétitions : "La ville invincible sauf par Sacnoth", par exemple: deux phrases sur trois commencen...more
I wanted to read this because I heard that H.P. Lovecraft felt Lord Dunsany was one of the two people who really influenced his storytelling (the other being Poe). I can definitely see that connection (word choice to set the scene, ancients gods, cities, and lands, and even a dream land), but these stories are so much brighter and cheerier than those of Lovecraft... it really surprised me. I really enjoyed these magical tales; they're mostly the sort of stories I'd be willing to read aloud to my...more
William Frost
Like most fantasy of this time period, don't go looking for interesting characters, or deep ideas, or original seeming plots. (It may have been original at the time; I don't know.) What you will get is some pretty heavy purple prose. It's an interesting capsule of its time, and some of the stories are sufficiently clever that its worth a read if you are interested in the history of the genre.
Every sf/f writer should read some Lord Dunsany. The stories in this brief collection are slow moving by modern standards, but most are worth the read.
Jim Bradford
Wonderful, fanciful, mysterious fantasy. No one does it like Dunsany did it.
what a stellar imagination. perhaps a, hmmm, slight influence on tolkien? :)
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Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work in fantasy published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes hundreds of short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Born to one of the oldest titles in the Irish peerage, he lived much of his life...more
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