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Time and the Gods

Lord Dunsany

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Lord Dunsany was a London-born Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist notable for his work in fantasy. He was influenced by Algernon Swinburne, who wrote the line “Time and the Gods are at strife” in his poem “Hymn to Proserpine”, as well as by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Time and the Gods, a series of short stories written in a myth-like style.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We worship Pegana's gods, who have a fondness for our incense and the sound of our sacrifice when it squeals upon the altar."

Then answered Snyrg:

"Asleep are Pegana's gods, nor will They wake for the humming of thy prayers which lie in the dust upon Pegana's floor, and over Them Sniracte, the spider of the worlds, hath woven a web of mist. And the squealing of the sacrifice maketh no music in ears that are closed in sleep."

The old man answered, standing upon the shore:

"Though all the gods of old shall answer our prayers no longer, yet still to the gods of old shall all men pray here in Syrinais."

But the Yozis turned their ships about and angrily sailed away, all cursing Syrinais and Syrinais's gods, but most especially the old man that stood upon the shore.

Still the three Yozis lusted for the worship of men, and came, on the third night of their sailing, to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Well... Why give 3 stars and make it Favorite. Well, because not all stories within are excelent. Some are quite weak. But others... ulálá... They are masterpieces. They are the foundation of Fantasy. If Tolkien is considered as the father of Fantasy then Lord Dunsany is the Grandfather of it all.


I haven't read any Dunsany before, but I'm glad I finally got round to it. Having a whole collection of these stories was maybe a bit much to read in one go (ah, train journeys), but I did enjoy the world Dunsany created, and the mythic language he used to tell it. I should read more by and about Du

Lord Dunsany is one of the most remarkable authors to have ever lived. If not in the way he wrote his prose, then in the way he lived his life as an adventure. And from this sense of adventure he developed a most remarkable perspective on the universe and fantasy. From this perspective he wrote a ne

Lord Dunsany is one of influential fantasy writer in pre-Tolkien Period, and it has significant influence on Tolkien. After reading The Elf King's Daughter I must say such a beautiful written book beyond a shadow of doubt could influence later generation of excellent writers like Tolkien. Time and t

Muy pesado, por momentos me recordaba a la biblia con tantas descripciones y mini relatos que la gran mayoría me han resultado absurdos.

Fantasía pura sin adulterar, sin cortar ni diluir: fantasía en su máxima expresión: nombres con regusto exótico, descripciones infinitas de ciudades maravillosas, dioses caprichosos y reyes ambiciosos, poetas, músicos, profetas...

Este tipo de antologias deberían venir con una etiqueta de advertenci

There's "prolific" and then there's an almost six hundred page omnibus with what feels like a zillion stories that still doesn't contain everything you've ever written. Welcome to the many, many strange worlds of Lord Dunsany.

Besides having one of the coolest names in literature (real name: Edward P

Basically like The Gods of Pegana only moreso. Again, these are primarily vignettes or prose poems or fables rather than anything resembling more traditional stories -- those will start appearing in his next book, The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories. Again, filled with lovely King James prose an

Short stories, set in the same world as Dunsany's (better) "Gods of Pegana", and many of his other writings.

Dunsany's prose tends to the florid, as befits someone whose full appellation was Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany. Shoot-the-moon sentences abound, and I suspect that

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