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Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy , published under the name Lord Dunsany .
Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20, 1939) is an American author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays, especially fantasy fiction. [ 1 ] His best-known work is The Last Unicorn (1968), a fantasy novel he wrote in his twenties, which Locus subscribers voted the number five "All-Time Best Fantasy Novel" in 1987. [ 2 ] During the last twenty-five years he has won several literary awards including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2011. [ 3 ] [ edit ] Bio Beagle was born in Manhattan on April 20, 1939, the son of Rebecca Soyer and Simon Beagle. [ 4 ]
The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S.
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist , literary critic, essayist, lay theologian , and Christian apologist from Belfast , Ireland . He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis . It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and originally published in London between October 1950 and March 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times , complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film. Set in the fictional realm of Narnia , a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin ( pron.: / ˈ ɜr s ə l ə ˈ k r oʊ b ər l ə ˈ ɡ w ɪ n / ; born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction .
Earthsea is a fictional realm originally created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story " The Word of Unbinding ", published in 1964. Earthsea became the setting for a further six books , beginning with A Wizard of Earthsea , first published in 1968, and continuing with The Tombs of Atuan , The Farthest Shore , Tehanu , Tales from Earthsea and The Other Wind . All are set in the world of Earthsea, as are seven short stories by Le Guin, two of which are not collected in any of these books. [ edit ] Geography A map of The Earthsea realm drawn by Ursula K.
Eric Rücker Eddison (24 November 1882 – 18 August 1945) was an English civil servant and author, writing under the name "E.R. Eddison."
The Worm Ouroboros is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rücker Eddison , first published in 1922.
Celtae redirects here. For the band see Celtae (band) . Diachronic distribution of Celtic peoples: core Hallstatt territory, by the 6th century BC maximal Celtic expansion, by 275 BC
The right half of the front panel of the seventh century Franks Casket , depicting the pan-Germanic legend of Weyland Smith also Weyland The Smith, which was apparently also a part of Anglo-Saxon pagan mythology. Anglo-Saxon paganism refers to the religious beliefs and practices followed by the Anglo-Saxons between the fifth and eighth centuries AD, during the initial period of Early Medieval England . A variant of the Germanic paganism found across much of north-western Europe, it encompassed a heterogeneous variety of disparate beliefs and cultic practices. [ 1 ] Developing from the earlier Iron Age religion of continental northern Europe, it was introduced to Britain following the Anglo-Saxon migration in the mid fifth century, and remained the dominant religion in England until the Christianization of its kingdoms between the seventh and eighth centuries, with some aspects gradually blending into folklore . [ citation needed ]
Beowulf ( pron.: / ˈ b eɪ . ɵ w ʊ l f / ; in Old English [ˈbeːo̯wʊlf] or [ˈbeːəwʊlf] ) is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines , set in Scandinavia , commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature . It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex . Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet [ a ] is dated between the 8th [ 4 ] and the early 11th century. [ 5 ] [ page needed ] In 1731, the manuscript was badly damaged by a fire that swept through a building housing a collection of Medieval manuscripts assembled by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton . The poem fell into obscurity for decades, and its existence did not become widely known again until it was printed in 1815 in an edition prepared by the Icelandic-Danish scholar Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin .
A fairy (also faery , faerie , fay , fae ; euphemistically wee folk , good folk , people of peace , fair folk , etc.) [ 1 ] is a type of mythical being or legendary creature , a form of spirit , often described as metaphysical , supernatural or preternatural . Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies , though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes : at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. [ 2 ]
Bunworth Banshee The mythology of pre-Christian Ireland did not entirely survive the conversion to Christianity , but much of it was preserved, shorn of its religious meanings, in medieval Irish literature , which represents the most extensive and best preserved of all the branches of Celtic mythology . Although many of the manuscripts have failed to survive, and much more material was probably never committed to writing, there is enough remaining to enable the identification of distinct, if overlapping, cycles: the Mythological Cycle , the Ulster Cycle , the Fenian Cycle and the Historical Cycle . There are also a number of extant mythological texts that do not fit into any of the cycles. Additionally, there are a large number of recorded folk tales that, while not strictly mythological, feature personages from one or more of these four cycles. [ edit ] The sources
Poor little birdie teased , by the 19th-century English illustrator Richard Doyle depicts an elf as imagined in English folktales. English folklore is the folk tradition which has developed in England over a number of centuries. Some stories can be traced back to their roots, while the origin of others is uncertain or disputed.