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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,928 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Erlin asukkaat tahtovat taikavoimaisen hallitsijan, jotta heidän kotilaaksonsa tulisi kuuluisaksi. Siksi Erlin linnanherra lähettää poikansa Alvericin Haltiamaahan voittamaan puolisokseen Lirazelin, Haltiakuninkaan tarunomaisen tyttären. Mutta tämä satu ei päätykään häihin. Sen paremmin ihmiset kuin Haltiamaan asukkaat eivät aavista, mitä kaikkea kahden erilaisen maailman ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published 2007 by Vaskikirjat (first published 1924)
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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
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 Dunsa
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 more.

prose like po
Aug 24, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone yearning after enchantment
Recommended to Mark by: Mark Monday
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
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".

It is essentially a tale of young love across a cultural chasm (human Alveric and elfin Lirazel), the quest of Orion (not the Greek
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 ...more

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

If 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 tale of 240 pages

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
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 ...more
Oct 22, 2009 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like lots of description
Shelves: fantasy
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.
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
A modern reader should not come into this book expecting an an intricate and interwoven plot. The storyline is solid, but it is not greatly more complex than a fairy tale. It makes sure to take its time, and it might feel like a lull at certain places - especially if you read the book in sections like I did, taking hurried bites before rushing off elsewhere to whatever. But if you're able to suppress your expectations of omg LARGE DRAGONS and EARTH-DEVOURING ARTIFACTS and CARS WHOSE GAS TANKS WE ...more
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
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..not 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 Bar
Chance Maree

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
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
Jun 10, 2011 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers interested in pre-Tolkien fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
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 ...more
I like this kind of fantasy, like George Macdonald and William Morris and Hope Mirlees, so much more than Tolkien and Tolkien-influenced stuff. I've never made it very far through Lord of the Rings, so I'm not quite sure what it is that's wrong with Tolkien except that it doesn't interest me. Anyway, this is an attempt to transfer the world of fairy tales and poetic epics into the mode of the novel, and I think that's one of the things that interests me about this kind of thing; the authors are ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Mohammed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of literary fantasy,fans of quality literary in general
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.
Als ich die Königstochter 1978 las, sagte mir der Name Lord Dunsany noch gar nichts. Gekauft hatte ich das Bändchen, weil es bei Klett-Cotta in der Hobbit-Presse Edition herausgebracht wurde, die damals sehr "In" war (vor allem wegen der Herr der Ringe-Trilogie, die überhaupt nicht zu meinen Favoriten zählt). Die Aufmachung ist sehr fein und ich habe damals die sagenhafte Geschichte gerne gelesen.
Es mussten weitere 10 Jahre vergehen, bis diese deutsche Ausgabe eine andere Bedeutung für mich gewa
John Nestor
I had the odd good fortune at the time to not be able to purchase a copy of it. So, I went off to the local library, which had the book secreted away in it's archive, where it might have been residing for decades.

Between the prose, the soothing yellow color of the paper contained in the hardback shell, the smell, the turning of the page like those who read this very same volume before me did--it was a treasure in both process and content.

I love my Kindle, but it simply can't give me that. Nor,
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.
Well this one is definitely ...... an acquired taste. If people tell you that this is the reading material of fantasy aficionados out there, I will tell you -- eerrrrmmm no, not quite. In fact, I have a feeling a lot of fantasy lovers out there will find this book droll. Plotless. Pointless.
It would, however, certainly appeal to a select demographic of fantasy enthusiasts. If you love literary fantasy books; if you enjoyed (and I mean, absolutely loved) the whole Tom Bombadil detour in Lord of
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 ...more
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And there was scent of thyme in it and sight of lilac, and the chorus of birds that sings before dawn in April, and the deep proud splendor of rhododendrons, and the litheness and laughter of streams, and miles and miles of May.

And there, with their gables lifting into the sunlight above deep hedgerows beautiful with spring. He saw the cottages of earthly men. Past them he walked while the beauty of evening grew, with songs of birds, and scents wandering from flowers, and odours t
Mar 27, 2014 Kernos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who know Magic is real
Shelves: fantasy
This is at least the 2nd or 3rd time I've read the father of British fantasy's prose poem proving the reality of Magic and the Otherworld at the edge of Mundania. I was a rather stressed during this read and found it difficult to escape again into Elfland. Like some other books this must be read at the right time in one's life. It cannot be rushed. One cannot be distracted. It is not so much a story or tale, but a spell that can take the prepared through the mist. I'd suggest reading it out loud ...more
It's a bit hard to decide exactly what rating I'd give this one. For the beauty of the prose and the general coolness of the imagery, and for the fairy tale feel of it, I'd give it five stars. However, the emphasis is so strong on the writing that the story itself suffers and is just not very compelling. Maybe two stars, although the ending is pretty cool. Overall, I figure a three. It's well worth a read, though, partly because of its place in the history of fantasy.
This was recommended to me as a fantasy classic, but it took me ages to slog through it and my impression of it is largely that very little actually happened in all those pages. The writing style struck me as stilted (though probably typical of its time) and it utterly lacked interesting characters or character development, which is a must for me. I don't doubt that this book influenced a lot of modern fantasy, but that in and of itself doesn't make it worth reading.
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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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