Princess and the Goblin - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

Princess and the Goblin - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925110098
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd t/a Leaves of Gold Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Professor's Bookshelf , #5
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 630,195
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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. 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."

Jessie Willcox Smith (September 6, 1863 - May 3, 1935) was a renowned American illustrator during the Golden Age of Children's illustration. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries she contributed her pictures to books and magazines. She illustrated stories and articles for clients such as Century, Collier's, Leslie's Weekly, Harper's, McClure's, Scribners, and the Ladies' Home Journal. She had an ongoing relationship with Good Housekeeping, which included the long-running Mother Goose series of illustrations and also the creation of all of the Good Housekeeping covers from December 1917 to 1933. Among the more than 60 books that Smith illustrated were Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline, and Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. [Wikipedia]

Cecilia Dart-Thornton is a highly acclaimed fantasy author whose books are popular across the globe and translated into several languages. Notable works include The Bitterbynde Trilogy.

Table of Contents

1. Why the Princess Has a Story About Her 1

2. The Princess Loses Herself 5

3. The Princess and — We Shall See Who 9

4. What the Nurse Thought of It 15

5. The Princess Lets Well Alone 19

6. The Little Miner 23

7. The Mines 35

8. The Goblins 39

9. The Hall of the Goblin Palace 47

10. The Princess’s King-Papa 55

11. The Old Lady’s Bedroom 61

12. A Short Chapter About Curdie 69

13. The Cobs’ Creatures 73

14. That Night Week 77

15. Woven and then Spun 81

16. The Ring 91

17. Springtime 95

18. Curdie’s Clue 99

19. Goblin Counsels 109

20. Irene’s Clue 115

21. The Escape 121

22. The Old Lady and Curdie 133

23. Curdie and His Mother 139

24. Irene Behaves Like a Princess 147

25. Curdie Comes to Grief 151

26. The Goblin-Miners 157

27. The Goblins in the King’s House 161

28. Curdie’s Guide 167

29. Masonwork 173

30. The King and the Kiss 177

31. The Subterranean Waters 181

32. The Last Chapter 187

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