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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.

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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!
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Ein schönes Buch voll klassischer Elfenillustrationen und Texte. Das Runenthema wird jedoch nicht kritisch, historisch oder wissenschaftlich vorgestellt, sondern lediglich auf eine recht naive, märchenhaft verklärte Weise dargestellt.
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Myth that goes to the bone 13. März 2004
Von Drowsy Maggie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
What can I say? On one page I held my breath. On another, I lost it. One page left me in tears, the longing and the recognition were so poignant. When I went to look for that page again, I couldn't find it, like the gold under the rainbow. It will happen to you. At some point you'll discover the page that haunts your dreams, describes your world, or makes you smile.
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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's all about stories... 30. Januar 2004
Von Justin E. Jacobson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The word "rune," once, a long time ago, could refer to anything from a single letter to a whole poem, or to an object inscribed with these letters. Ari Berk knows this, and each elfin letter in this book grows or hatches or blooms or fractals out from a letter to a poem to a legend.
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.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The kind of stories that don't exist anymore 23. November 2005
Von Inspector Gadget - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Let's face it, the majority of stories we tell each other these days is nothing but gossip. Gone are the days of fables and poems and limericks. Stories like this are considered bedtime rituals for kids rather than something important that we can learn from.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading 4. November 2003
Von 4jbonnie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I don't usually read about mythology, faeries, etc. But a friend had The Runes sitting on her coffee table: I picked it up to take a look, and then I stopped visiting and started reading. It is not a mystery novel, but still I didn't put it down until the last page. I knew nothing about Runes and faeries before I opened this book, and was surprised by how easily and quickly I became involved with each new page. Ari Berk's writing is excellent, smooth enough to keep me interested to the end. He successfully takes an out-of-the-ordinary genre and hooks you in. "The Runes..." is the perfect book for anyone interested in experiencing something new - and those readers who are familiar with this topic will enjoy the writing and Brian Frond's uniquely exquisite illustrations.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Invitation 12. Oktober 2003
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Professor Berk writes with wit and a wink. An ancient clay pipe interrupting a wry smile, he sits on a stump at the edge of the village where the old road enters the woods. He tells quiet tales, smooth on the surface but roiling beneath, inviting a listener to step through the nearby trees into a part of the realm few take time to explore anymore. Listen to his tales for a lark. They certainly provide an afternoon's amusement. Or better still, take time to let them work upon your imagination. Soak in their earthiness; understand that they speak of a time before and after the hurly-burly of people, pavement, and traffic you know so well. These are tales about something you've forgotten, or at least something you haven't noticed in a long while. They have a power and playfulness perfectly suited to Mr. Froud's artwork. His color illustrations are weird and wonderful, but they are only part of the pleasing visual texture of this book. Each page offers an invitation: look here, behind the letters, off to the side of the path and behind that moss covered stone. Enjoy the trip, and if you linger in the woods longer than you had intended, good for you.
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