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It concerns the invasion of the people of idyllic Merimna, who have no desire or knowledge of battle, though the city was once home to the greatest heroes in the land, and how the people of this city are saved from invasion.

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories

I don’t think this is anything particularly new or valuable. Where Tolkein specialised in the depth of his world, Lord Dunsany creates a travelogue of the imagination.

There is poetry in the prose and strong visual elements. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. Yes, maybe laa was much more simple for Lord Dunsany: Books by Lord Dunsany. I had expected nothing less. Jan 13, Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing.

It is entirely fitting that, considering his time and circumstances, Dunsany’s stories are a bit more formal, a bit sadder, a bit slower, a bit “older” feeling than “The Lord of the Rings”, and pretty much anything written since. But in their quiet and contemplative moments they recount and reflect upon tales from earlier times, involving the ancient nobility of legendary heroes from barely remembered lands. The collection contains both “The Sword of Welleran” and “The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save For Sacnoth”, which are as good an introduction to his works as you’re going to get.

Lord Dunsany was an Irish Nobleman who was intrumental in popularizing Chess in Ireland, invented his own version of “Fantasy Chess” one side has standard pieces and the other 32 pawns which is still being played, and wrote fantasy books and stories which he successfully published.


This is not Victorian claptrap. May 19, Tonari rated it it was amazing. I don’t want to seem like a freak, though, and let rate inflation cast doubt on my judgement in general, so I’m taking the cowardly route. And occasionally, such as with “The Lord of Cities”, the story meanders in description and metaphor until the reader becomes totally lost.

The title story, “The Sword of Welleran”, is the first tale I read by Dunsany, and it still is perhaps my most favorite fantasy short story. The story concerns a group of travellers to this ancient city, and Dunsany takes great pleasure in describing Babbulkund and all of its wonders through the words of travelers in the desert.

Each story bursts with imagination and feeling but Lord Dunsany retains control of his fecund heart and tempers each with powerful, meaningful language and purposeful structure. Recomendo vivamente a sua leitura.

He can also be totally metal when the mood strikes him. Feb 03, Hal Brodsky rated it liked it Shelves: The Fortress Unvanquishable and The Kith of the Elf Folk were my favorites of the bunch, the rest were just okay in my opinion. In this first-person account, Lord Dunsany gives the world’s most sarcastic narrative of a supernatural visitation.

To and fro and up and down they would walk through the marble streets, gazing at memorials of the things achieved by their country’s swords in the hands of those that long ago had loved Merimna well. Maybe he had heard something wellern William Morris and George Macdonald, and read some of their books, but even so fantasy at those times was like a virgin forest, waiting to be discovered.

lecturas errantes: The Sword of Welleran, de Lord Dunsany

And who shall say what hath befallen in the days of long ago” The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth Kith of the Elf Folk was a pleasant tale of nature and peace over society and struggling to live up to its expectations. The best stories feel like they were remembered rather just than written. An interesting account of the cost of national independence and our reliance on the past to carry out our dirty work so we can live off the bloody spoils.


There’s a strong hint from the finery and monotony of their tapestries that the whole place is run by spiders. In this tale, all the heroes are dead hundreds of years and their city Merinma no longer practices the martial arts but relies on ominous statues and songs to keep invaders away. I could envision the city of Merimna and all of welleeran monuments espaad described somewhat like a fantastic Greek or Roman city perfectly as Dunsany must have dreamed them and not a word is wasted.

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany

There is no sense of damnation here, almost a sense at God’s failure, but there is also a sense that La Traviatta is here dehumanised to an abstract discussion of her sins. His stories are more espwda, more ethereal, and feel more like marvels and wonders than they do histories. This review was first posted on book coasters Sometimes, the sheer scope of the collection leaves individual stories seeming fragmented and unrelated to one another, making this overview review very difficult to write.

I will be giving a short review for each of the stories after I wellfran them and then decide on a final rating as a whole!

Babbulkund is a tale of another ancient city, one carven from one of the “hills of God” by the pharaohs in the desert. I could not get into the first few stories. Reciting it revealed how much of an acquired taste Dunsany really is, with bardic stylings and a sort of high language that almost demands performance and an unhinged sentence structure that welldran rereading until you think you understand it.

Apr 19, Pieter Brouwer rated it really liked it.