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Pages: 540
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 978-1925110111
Publication Date: 2018
Trim Size: 152mm x 229mm (6" x 9")

Written by E.R. Eddison, illustrated by Keith Henderson, first published 1922


This epic tale was first published in 1922 under the title ‘The Worm Ouroboros’. J.R.R. Tolkien, who was aged thirty at the time, praised it in print, writing in a letter that he enjoyed Eddison’s books ‘for their sheer literary merit’.  Eddison, he stated, was ‘the greatest and most convincing writer of “invented worlds”’ he had ever read. Tolkien’s close friend and confidante, author C.S. Lewis was also an admirer, opining that ‘no writer can be said to remind us of Eddison’.

Dart-Thornton’s new introduction explains the origin of the Ouroboros symbol and discusses Tolkien’s critical reaction to Eddison’s work. 

This heroic high fantasy novel is often compared with Tolkien's ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which was written many years later.  ‘The Lord of the Rings’, however, is written mostly in modern English, while Eddison wrote the greater part of Ouroboros in sixteenth-century English.

Ryan Harvey, in ‘Where Head and Tail Meet: E. R. Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros’ explains that Eddison employed his experience translating Norse sagas and reading medieval and Renaissance poetry, which was, at that time, an almost unique approach among popular fantasy novels.

Readers will swiftly become accustomed to Eddison’s archaic language and find themselves swept away by the imagery, which is frequently beautiful.

This edition is ornamented with the original pictures printed in the 1922 edition -  ten classic illustrations by artist Keith Henderson.

It is easy to see why Tolkien was impressed with Eddison’s unusual, sprawling and imaginative work, which undoubtedly influenced his creation of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.


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