THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED TOLKIEN. With original illustrations.
THE PROFESSOR’S BOOKSHELF #5:
Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was a great admirer of George MacDonald’s fairy-stories. When his children were young, he used to read The Princess and the Goblin to them in the evenings, before they went to bed.
‘Tolkien knew well MacDonald’s children’s books “The Princess and the Goblin” and “The Princess and Curdie”, both of which influenced Tolkien’s depiction of goblins in The Hobbit, ‘ writes Douglas A. Anderson in ‘Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy’. Dart-Thornton’s introduction notes similarities between this story and Tolkien’s works, for example: ‘The wise, magical, prescient grandmother of the Princess Irene, seems to be a literary ancestor of Galadriel; centuries old and yet looking young, a queen, a healer, a beautiful, golden-haired woman associated with water. ‘Princess Irene has a magic ring which is associated with invisibility, being linked to a semi-visible thread. This ring aids her in an escape from the Goblin Underground, much as The One Ring aids Bilbo.’
This new edition contains ten illustrations by Jessie Willcox-Smith from the 1920 edition, which was published when Tolkien was aged 28, his eldest child John was three years old and his second child Michael had just been born. The delicately beautiful drawings of Willcox-Smith have been loved by generations of children to this very day. Also included is an illustration by Arthur Hughes from the 1911 edition.
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd T/A Leaves of Gold Press
Pub Date: 07/2018
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.49d