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By J. R. R. Tolkien

An enthralling new pocket variation of 1 of Tolkien's significant items of brief fiction, and his in simple terms complete paintings courting from after e-book of The Lord of the Rings.

What all started as a preface to The Golden Key by means of George MacDonald finally grew into this captivating brief tale, so named by way of Tolkien to indicate an early paintings by way of P.G. Wodehouse. Composed virtually a decade after The Lord of the jewelry, and whilst his lifelong profession with the ‘Silmarillion' used to be winding down, Smith of Wootton significant used to be the made of ripened adventure and mirrored image. It was once released in 1967 as a small hardback, entire with fascinating black and white illustrations through Pauline Baynes, and could be the final paintings of fiction to be released in Tolkien's personal lifetime.

Now, virtually 50 years on, this captivating story of a wanderer who reveals his means into the perilous realm of Faery is being released once more as a pocket hardback. Contained listed here are many exciting hyperlinks to the realm of Middle-earth, in addition to to Tolkien's different stories, and this new version is more advantageous with a facsimile of the illustrated first variation, a manuscript of Tolkien's early draft of the tale, notes and another finishing, and a long essay at the nature of Faery.

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I was not in the best of moods as, during the night, the wind had blown with exceptional passion from the wilderness, carrying with it a scent of burning meat. I had turned restlessly, woken up from a dream of smoke. The darkness in my chamber had seemed watchful, almost sly. A flavor of the haunted night remained with me. I wondered whether it was a portent, and perhaps it was, for the high priest clearly hid a certain agitation beneath his serene and flawless countenance. Meni stood before me and bowed.

It was clear he sought to charm me, yet there was something—something—utterly compelling about this man. Merely being in his presence seemed to inform me he had seen many wonders of the world, that he possessed great knowledge. Perhaps he, too, wore a mask. However, I would not let him win me over that easily. “You prey upon the rich,” I said. ” He grimaced, head tilted to one side. “That is a sour depiction of my profession, but not without some basis of truth. Still, I am a creature of many facets.

Tonight,” he said simply. “Why delay? ” I thought about the sleeping temple, the dozing guards, the great air of torpor that hung over its colonnaded halls from dusk until dawn. I could slip like a wraith from shadow to shadow, leap the wall like a lioness, land without making a sound. “I know what you are,” he said. “You are a goddess, yes, but are you not also a woman? Are you not also a lioness? You crave adventure, even the hunt. You crave the ecstasy that freedom brings. Indulge yourself, my lady.

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