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About the author:
George MacDonald (10 December 1824 - 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

MacDonald was a prolific novelist. He is now known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy works, and their influence on later authors, such as W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle.[1] C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence."

The Princess and The Goblin - Illustrated

Tolkien's Bookshelf #5

Authored by George MacDonald
Illustrated by Jessie Willcox-Smith
Introduction by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Edition: 1


J.R.R. Tolkien 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 one illustration by Arthur Hughes from the 1911 edition and ten by Jessie Willcox-Smith from the 1920 edition - published when Tolkien was aged 28, his eldest child was three years old and his second child had just been born. The delicately beautiful drawings of Willcox-Smith have been loved by generations of children to this very day.

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Publication Date:
098755543X / 9780987555434
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Fiction / Fantasy / General

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