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Pages: 468
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0987555427
Publication Date: Jun 01 2013
Trim Size: 152mm x 229mm (6" x 9")

Written by Andrew Lang, illustrated by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed, first published 1907

Description

'I have been a lover of fairy stories since I learned to read,' J.R.R. Tolkien once stated. 'The Red Fairy Book' was one of Tolkien's favourites.

Fantasy and medieval literature specialist Douglas A. Anderson asserted, 'As a child Tolkien found delight in the variously coloured 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'.



 


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