|#3 THE STORY of the GLITTERING PLAIN - illustrated
William Morris, illustrated by Walter Crane, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
This edition includes Morris's essay collection 'The Art and Craft of Printing'.
‘William Morris was an enormous influence on J.R.R. Tolkien.
|#4 THE RED FAIRY BOOK - illustrated
Andrew Lang, illustrated by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books captured the imagination of a generation of children and were sold worldwide in the 1880s and 1890s.
J.R.R. Tolkien read and enjoyed every book in the series, and they had a marked influence on his imagination.
|#5 THE PRINCESS and the GOBLIN - illustrated.
George MacDonald, illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a great admirer of George MacDonald’s fairy-stories.
|#6 THE SAGA of ERIC BRIGHTEYES - illustrated Written by H. Rider Haggard, illustrated by Lancelot Speed, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Rider Haggard is one of a handful of Victorian and Edwardian writers whom Tolkien acknowledged by name.
|#1 THE SONG OF THE NIBELUNGS - illustrated Translated by Margaret Armour, illustrated by W.B. MacDougall, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
The Song of the Nibelungs, a thirteenth century Germanic Epic, greatly inspired JRR Tolkien.
|#8 THE BOOK of WONDER & THE LAST BOOK of WONDER - illustrated
Written by Lord Dunsany, illustrated by S. H. Syme, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Numerous accoutrements of fantasy are found within the realms of The Book of Wonder, as they are in Middle Earth; talismans, precious metals, jewels, horns, dark, dangerous woods infested with evil spiders and more.
|#9 THE STORY of KING ARTHUR and HIS KNIGHTS - illustrated Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
J.R.R. Tolkien greatly enjoyed Arthurian stories, which he called ‘powerful’
|#10 GRIMMS' FAIRYTALES - illustrated
Translated by Lucy Crane, illust. Walter Crane, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
Tolkien mined the folklore of the Grimm brothers for literary gems
#7 THE DRAGON OUROBOROS- illustrated Written by E.R. Eddison, illustrated by Keith Henderson, introduced by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
J.R.R. Tolkien read this story, and praised it in print. Eddison, he stated, was ‘the greatest and most convincing writer of “invented worlds”’ he had ever read.
|#2 THE POETIC EDDA - illustrated
Translated by Olive Bray, illustrated by W G Collingwood, introduced by C. Dart-Thornton.
A magnificent and magical collection of thirty-four Icelandic poems, interwoven with prose, dating from the 9th century to the 12th.
J. R. R. Tolkien readily acknowledged his debt to this source