Kingdoms of Elfin [Pdf Read]

  • Hardcover
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  • Kingdoms of Elfin
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • English
  • 06 October 2020
  • 9780670413508

Sylvia Townsend Warner ´ 3 review

summary Kingdoms of Elfin Sylvia Townsend Warner ´ 3 review review Kingdoms of Elfin Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB To torment mortalsThe Kingdoms of Elfin are diverse and widely scattered than is often thought; from the Welsh Elfins who though constitutionally incapable of faith remove mountains and the elegant and witty French Court of Brocéliande where castration almost be. KINGDOMS OF ELFIN by Sylvia Townsend WarnerLet us establish this at the very beginning these are not Tolkien s elves neither the noble and aloof elves of The Lord of the Rings not the passionate and reckless elves of the Silmarillion Where they are passionate it is of another type altogether They are sophisticated fashionable creatures egotistical and selfish and even though capable of intense attachments they are generally fickle essentially a cold hearted species The stories in this collection are full of whimsy and humor but often of an uncomfortable kindWarner s style is elegant simple yet very detailed As much of the story is in these details beguiling if you love that sort of thing tedious if you don t as it is in the actual events If you don t like her style you will not like these stories and vice versa There is no author behind the scenes winking at the audience as if to say do not take these stories seriously Very little is played for laughs There is no need the irony and the absurdity speak for themselves If you are a fan of broad humor it is likely that you will not enjoy these stories In the course of this collection we visit a number of different realms located in our own world but invisible to human eyes Each of these realms is distinctive both like and unlike the mortal realms in which they are located Into their own world they may occasionally admit mortals but almost always in infancy as changelings who live among the fairies only so long as they remain young enough to be comely Then they are discarded during a sort of fairy house cleaning and sent back into a world they neither know nor understand Of the fairy children who are exchanged for them robbed of their immortality knowing nothing of their true origins there is only one story describing the fate of a single individual Yet if Warner s fairies are cruel it is a heedless cruelty rarely calculated they simply don t think beyond what they want Elfhame strikes cold says a fairy nursemaid and that is no exaggeration at all Though all these stories have a decided charm of their own there is as you may have gathered by now freuently a darkness behind the humor and the glittering fa ade for Warner s fairies seem to know nothing of morality and only the rules of courtly behavior For the most part the elfin nobles are caught up in the idle pastimes and seasonal fads of the various courts but they are also prone to sudden enthusiasms sometimes for uite mundane hobbies like fishing or embroidery This is but one of their many contradictions Slightly smaller than humans they are winged but do not fly This is reserved for servant fairies who must be agile and swift indeed to satisfy the whims of their betters Flying you see is considered vulgar for the upper classes though the temptation to take flight is sometimes over mastering and practiced in secret by those who can t resistThe title is a deceptive for these realms of Faerie are ruled exclusively ruled by females As a race they are are often infertile and succession to the crown is not hereditary so infidelity is hardly an issue though they do marry ueens take lovers but their attention soon wanders elsewhere and really they are so autocratic and exacting it seems to me that it must come as a relief to her husband or her lover when a ueen decides to lavish her affection on another Yet the title of Favorite when it is bestowed is envied by all As in so much else pride seems to take precedence over practicality If you are still reading yet have never known the delights of these sophisticated little tales if you have never experienced the transitory pleasures of a mortal in Elfin realms then you would do well to seek them out but the book is not easy to find and the individual stories are scattered through numerous collections and anthologies Luther remove mountains and the elegant and witty French Court of Brocéliande where castration almost be. 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summary Kingdoms of Elfin Sylvia Townsend Warner ´ 3 review review Kingdoms of Elfin Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Elfindom is an aristocratic society jealous of its privileges The ruling classes engage in such pursuits as patronizing the arts or hunting with the Royal Pack of Werewolves while the lower orders take pleasure in conducting brutal raiding parties into the world. I enjoyed Kingdoms of Elfin a uirky unusual collection of short stories recounting life among the various kingdoms ueendoms actually of FaerieOf the sixteen stories my favorites wereThe Revolt at Broceliande which recounts the precarious position of mortal changelings in a fey courtThe Search for an Ancestress where a European fairy Joost learns how dangerous it can be to return to one s homelandThe Occupation another tale of the dangers of mortal infatuation with Faerie which can only lead to tragedy in this case a trip to BedlamFoxcastle another example of man s fundamental incapacity to understand elf and vice versaThe elves of these stories are not the un Fallen Men of Tolkien s Middle Earth nor the humans with funny ears who populate far too many fantasy novels Rather they re the amoral soul less bogies that inhabit the woods and wastes of Medieval Europe In my experience the author who most closely captures the otherworldliness alienness that Warner obtains is Tad Williams in his Memory Sorrow Thorn Shadowmarch and The War of the Flowers novels