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E. R. Eddison (1882–1945)

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Well, it took me 15 months and a stack of dictionaries, but I've finally finished this epic! I feel as much a sense of accomplishment in the reading as Eddison might have felt in the writing of it!

I don't recall it having been so laborious from my first time of reading back in my teenage years, but I guess without internet reference rabbit-holes to fall down, it would be faster, though somewhat more archaic and obscure.

Anyway, the plot takes precedence over character, and there's barely any plot to speak of, so what you are left with is a framework over which Eddison drapes his sumptuous language, weaving moods and reveries, sometimes loud, brash and theatrical, at othertimes delicate fretworks of bejewelled, gilded traceries. It's definitely a love/hate book, and I've needed my own mood to be right to enter into Eddison's world, but I was happy to take my time and approach it as a feast of many courses, rather than a fast food binge.… (mer)
Michael.Rimmer | 44 andra recensioner | Nov 19, 2023 |
Abandoned read. Wading through a jungle of archaic language to find the story proved to be too tiring and just wasn't worth the trouble.
Jason--Gray | 44 andra recensioner | Feb 14, 2023 |
I‘d first read it when I was around 13 and picked it up again now. At the first chapter in “Demonland”, I was sure I wouldn’t get through it and didn’t understand how my younger self had managed. Then, with the wrestling match, I was captured, and read on in sheer delight. This time round, what’s outstanding is the way the sexual relations implied are consensual and very discreet as would be standard in most literature of the time. There is a stronger sensuality in these books which evokes the atmosphere of sex, rather than references or allusions to the act itself.

You might like to consider E. R. Eddison, unfortunately almost forgotten these days, but in his time counted among one of the premier fantasy writers -- the man who Tolkien's publisher asked for a blurb for “The Lord of the Rings”. His novel “The Worm Ourobouros” and the three novels of the Zimiamvian series deserve to be rediscovered. They're not easy reads, and maybe not for a contemporary reader of SF. But for lovers of language, they're a must-read.

“The Worm Ourobouros” is a fine example of a feudal fantasy not in decline, where the heroes are thoroughly heroic and entirely human, where magic is real and as deadly to its practitioners as to those who suffer its effects, where sex is vitally important, omnipresent but not explicit, where violence is conducted on a massive, monstrous scale, but is again not explicit in its descriptions.

After reading this, I don’t look forward to another sloppily paced contemporary Fantasy novel, full of characters (who will disappear for 4-5 episode stretches) making frustrating decisions and being treated along the way to pages worth of exposition, some of which will be be delivered during sex scenes, just because. And when some Fantasy novels are afraid your attention may be waning, it will jolt you back with some extreme violence. Thank God we still have stuff like “The Worm Ourobouros” to get back to when we want to treat ourselves to something good SF-wise.

NB: This blog is mainly is for the books that slipped through the net of full-length “reviews” and normally one or maybe two people read them, grumbling that there's fantasy in what was a fantasy-horror-SF grab-bag…This time, because it's the Post-Summer doldrums, this review might become a bit more noticeable (or not).

SF = Speculative Fiction.
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antao | 44 andra recensioner | Sep 26, 2022 |
A flawed classic of high fantasy. Notable for breaking ground where few had tread before in such a sweeping manner. Flawed by being primarily declamation and posturing with little character insight. For instance, why is Lord Gro always tempted to support the underdog? As such, it reads, especially in its faux archaic language, like an Icelandic Saga more than anything else, although there was never any saga this complex. Oh, and there is Wrastling too!

Also, I'm not sure what happens to the "dreamer" Lessingham since he inexplicably disappears along with his little talking bird after a few chapters never to return (at least in this novel). I'm not sure why Eddison didn't simply go back and remove this unnecessary device once the novel was finished.

There are also some great unintentionally funny plot twists. Demon Lords Juss and Brandoch Daha travel at great peril and exertion to Koshtra Belorn to acquire the ONLY Hippogrif egg in Middle Earth. They need this to rescue Lord Goldry Bluzsco who has been conjured into a prison on the highest peak in Middle Earth. After acquiring the egg, one of Juss's knights for no real reason, steals the large egg while Juss is sleeping with the thing on his stomach. He hatches the egg and flies the Hippogrif around only to crash and drown it. Well just in case, the Queen sends out her trained birds to see if there might be any other Hippogrif eggs. After waiting a year the last bird returns only to tell all that there is one more Hippogrif egg but its at the bottom of a tarn all the way back in Demonland where the Demon Lords started.
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Gumbywan | 44 andra recensioner | Jun 24, 2022 |



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