- Gebundene Ausgabe: 112 Seiten
- Verlag: Pavilion Books; Auflage: 01 (5. November 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1862056471
- ISBN-13: 978-1862056473
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 25,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.962.454 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Runes of Elfland (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. November 2003
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While there are numerous books on the market about faeries and the world of magic, none have presented the reader with the practical history, philosophy, and tools for entering and navigating that land. Through narrative and illustration this ground-breaking book allows readers to discover the gateways to the faerie realm and explore this mysterious landscape and its denizens. Froud's paintings are each inspired by a specific rune, and these richly symbolic and potent icons are open to infinite interpretations. In the hands of the exceptional folklorist and poet Ari Berk, the secret meanings of these runes are teased out and the power they offer us is made manifest. Even a single letter provides the visual key to a host of mythic stories' lands, and adventures. By using the runes and Brian's paintings as tools to explore both the "seen" world and the "unseen" world, The Runes of Elfland will inspire readers to re-imagine their own lives and tell their own tales.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ari Berk is a folklorist, poet and scholar of literature ethnography, iconography and comparative myth. The author of scholarly studies as well as popular titles for children and adult, Dr. Berk is assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University. Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and faery authority. His books include international bestsellers such as Faeries, Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book and Lady Cottington's Faery Album. He was also the conceptual designer on Jim Henson's films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Froud lives in Devon with his wife and son.
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Froud's Farbgemälde sind wirklich klasse. Zum Teil schon sehr skurril, aber immer (oder gerade deswegen) faszinierend. Die Gestaltung ist absolut TOP, der Druck ist auch sehr edel. Elfenfans könnten etwas enttäuscht werden, da nur wenige Elfenmotive dabei sind. Das meiste sind seltsame Geschöpfe, Kobolde, Ritter, Frauen, Minotauren, etc. Eines der besten Froud Bücher!
Insgesamt besser gefallen die Zusammenarbeiten von Froud und Terry Jones, der zu Frouds Koboldskizzen herrliche Nonsensgeschichten schrieb, sowie das künstlerisch und inhaltlich noch weitaus bessere "Von Elfen, Goblins, Spukgestalten".
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Ari Berk's exquisitely informed text and Froud's always extraordinary pictures combine to open the world you know is there but have forgotten how to see. The runes, charms, and stories delineate the bargains, the sorrows, and the treasures of the journey.
Get this book. Get copies for your friends. If you've ever heard the voices under your bed and wanted to know their names, or wept at a sunset for no reason, or considered walking through the door at the back of the wardrobe, just in case--get this book. They're playing your song.
I got this book as a present, on the longest night of the year, and found warmth in those stories, found inspiration and magic, found myself feeling restored and refreshed from watching those stories grow.
The illustrations are wonderful and often reminiscent of art from "Good Faeries/Bad Faeries" or "Faeries" more than "strange stains and mysterious smells," but this is a good thing, as they aren't pictures to accompany silly stories: they're paintings to convey, with the help of Berk's retellings of old legends, the importance of stories, since stories have long been a window to Elfland if not a road.
If you like folklore, buy this book. If you like Brian Froud's art, buy this book. if you like stories that are on par with Neil Gaiman's in terms of creating the sense that these things are going all around us but we generally don't take notice, buy this book.
Brian Froud and Ari Berk team up in this book to deliver 24 stories (some short, some long) based on ancient culture, each one with a twist in the tale and the meaning of of it laid out afterwards. A runic code is also featured for every one, that takes a few minutes to unravel. But once you get familiar with the Key, it'll be easier for you.
Some of these stories are easy to identify with, but some are really out there. Since Berk has a degree in Modern, Classic and Medieval English Literature you can expect him to have pretty diverse writing skills. All of the stories may be set in the same world but you'll never know where he'll go in the next one.
Froud's paintings are definitely interesting and vivid, but I'd be hard-pushed to call them beautiful. Some are so abstract and weird that I could look at it for ages and still not fully understand it's point.
It took quite a while to get through this book. A lot of patience is needed to decipher the codes and I'm not the kind of guy who can read several different fables in one night. It does make for a good bedtime read for kids and adults though. But I wouldn't expect many children to appreciate the book at all.