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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely collection of fairytales, 24 Aug 2013
This review is from: Tales before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Paperback)
Tales before Tolkien is a collection of classic fairy tales which inspired the author of The Lord of the Rings. That is what the front cover of the book promises and this is what you get. There are 22 tales, which were mostly written in the 19th and the 20th century. Every story starts off with a brief introduction about the author and the tale presented. My personal favourites are all of them but in particular I liked `The Elves', `The Griffin and the Minor Canon' and `The Dragon Tamers', dragons and cats being my favourite animals.

At the end of the book there is a list of recommended authors, which includes only those which were born five years and more before JRR Tolkien. Those with an asterisk to their name have work included in this book. Such notable authors as Hans Christian Anderson and H.G Wells have not, which I found a bit of a pity. But apart from that this is a fine book and highly recommended.
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Tales before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy by Douglas Anderson (Paperback - 28 Oct 2003)
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