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Sintram and His Companions

Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué

Book Overview: 

Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, also the author of Undine, was a German Romantic writer whose stories were filled with knights, damsels in distress, evil enchantments, and the struggle of good against overpowering evil. 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' Fouque blends the Romantic love for nature and ancient chivalry while telling a powerful story about a young man who yearns for that which he can never attain.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .g defiance to a chieftain whom they detested, and thus exciting a feud. At that season of the year, when his winter dreams had just passed off, Sintram was always unusually fierce and disposed for warlike adventures. And this day he was enraged at the chieftain for not coming in arms from his castle to hinder their hunting; and he cursed, in the wildest words, his tame patience and love of peace. Just then one of his wild young companions rushed towards him, shouting joyfully: "Be content my dear young lord! I will wager that all is coming about as we and you wish; for as I was pursuing a wounded deer down to the sea-shore, I saw a sail and a vessel filled with armed men making for the shore. Doubtless your enemy purposes to fall upon you from the coast."

Joyfully and secretly Sintram called all his followers together, being resolved this time to take the combat on himself alone, and then to rejoin his father, and astonish him with t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Dear me. I thought "Undine" was a bit hysterical, but this tosh is worse! I just cannot see why either Jo March or the characters in "The Heir of Redclyffe" had such a high opinion it. Alcott and Yonge could both write heartfelt stories about realistic people which are genuinely affecting, so why...more

Sintram is a Gothic fairy-romance inspired by Albrecht Dürer's famous engraving Knight, Death, and the Devil. Its brooding Byronic protagonist lives in a gloomy Scandinavian castle, tormented by dark dreams and the desire for a fair lady from the land of flowers. Through the whole plot runs a con...more

This is a wonderful Gothic tale of a young boy, then a growing man, than an old one - struggling all his life with devil`s temptations, fighting every moment his own dark side and trying to resist a destructive Trojan passion.

I found an absolutely beautiful old copy of this in the Quinto's basement. Gorgeous illustrations, thick paper and beautiful type. I loved Undine so I had to get this as well. The whole story is based on Durer's Knight, Death and the Devil woodcut. It is the type of spooky supernatural romance th...more

This is a strange, layered and complicated book. It can be read both at the level of a fairly decent piece of literature written in the early 1800's, or you can go deeper in trying to figure what is Fouque trying to communicate to us.

And that is the problem with this book. There are just too many...more