With original illustrations as published in Tolkien's lifetime
Home Sources Authors Illustrators For Children
Nibelungs Poetic Edda Glittering Plain Red Fairy Book Princess & Goblin
Eric Brighteyes Ourobouros Book of Wonder King Arthur Grimms Fairy
She Princess & Curdie Return of She Lilac Fairy Book Kalevala

The Saga of Eric Brighteyes - Illustrated

The Saga of Eric Brighteyes - A BOOK THAT INSPIRED TOLKIEN

Shop now  
FREE Shipping on orders over $25 from Amazon.


Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 978-1925110104
Publication Date: 2018
Trim Size: 152mm x 229mm (6" x 9")

Written by H. Rider Haggard, illustrated by Lancelot Speed, first published 1891.


Rider Haggard is among a small selection of Victorian and Edwardian writers whom J.R.R. Tolkien acknowledged by name. His books would have been favourites in Tolkien's personal library.

In her introduction to this new edition Cecilia Dart-Thornton asserts, ‘Haggard’s classic is an action-packed adventure filled with Viking feasts duels, battles on land and sea, romance, treachery, magic, beautiful women and brave heroes. In a description that seems to herald “The Lord of the Rings”, Haggard writes that Eric “was strong and great of stature, his hair was yellow as gold, and his grey eyes shone with the light of swords.”'

‘For both authors, landscape plays as important a part as any character, and is described in concise yet evocative language. Haggard plunges his readers among the dizzying precipices, waterfalls, fast flowing rivers, icy winters and stormy seas of his fantastic Iceland, much as Tolkien sweeps us into Middle-Earth.’

Enriched by almost sixty vibrant vignettes and illustrations by the hand of artist Lancelot Speed, this book is a close replica of the 1891 edition, published when Tolkien was one year old.  He read Haggard's heroic fantasy during the formative years of his youth, absorbing, no doubt, the lavish details of the pictures as he perused the tale. Speed was a highly accomplished and prolific fantasy illustrator during Tolkien's lifetime, and he illuminated many titles Tolkien is known to have read.

A dwarf-forged sword wrested from Barrow Dwellers, its bright blade engraved with runes; the appellation: 'Ring-giver'; poetry and song; a hero with grey eyes - these and many more resemblances of style and content exist between Haggard's classic tale and 'The Lord of the Rings'.


norton-safe-web McAfee Secure
The Professor’s Bookshelf is brought to you by Leaves of Gold Press, publishers of international, premium quality fiction and non-fiction in hardcover, paperback and ebook format. Our books are printed on high grade, acid-free, book-grade, opaque paper stock sourced from responsibly managed forests. Our printers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™. The Professor's Bookshelf Utilizing POD technology decreases the number of returns and reduces paper waste, thereby cutting down greenhouse emissions and conserving valuable natural resources.

Leaves of Gold Press is in no way affiliated with, or endorsed or sponsored by Tolkien Enterprises or the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Professor's Bookshelf is recommended by Chris Clark of The Satiety Diet
paypal secure ssl-secure
Read our terms of business Shop securely with Paypal or our trusted partners Contact us