The Worm Ouroboros is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rucker Eddison, first published in 1922. The book describes the protracted war between the domineering King Gorice of Witchland and the Lords of Demonland in an imaginary world that appears mainly medieval and partly reminiscent of Norse sagas. This is the book that shaped the landscape of ...Read MoreThe Worm Ouroboros is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rucker Eddison, first published in 1922. The book describes the protracted war between the domineering King Gorice of Witchland and the Lords of Demonland in an imaginary world that appears mainly medieval and partly reminiscent of Norse sagas. This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction. J. R. R. Tolkien acclaimed its author as "the greatest and most convincing writer of 'invented worlds' that I have read." Written in the best traditions of Homeric epics, Norse sagas, and Arthurian myths, it recounts compelling tales of warriors and witches. The Worm Ourorobos is second only to the Lord of the Rings in the pantheon of 20th century English fantasy. You have never read anything like this before!Read Less
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Buy this book! Although practically no one has heard of it, it is fantastic. Eddison was a student of Medieval literature and his story follows the style of the old Norse saga. After a hundred pages you will say, ?This is a mavelous adventure story.? After two hundred pages you will say, ?These characters are fantastic!? And they are ? especially the villains. King Gorice XII makes your flesh creep.
By the way, an ouroboros is the snake that bites its own tail and becomes the symbol for a never-ending situation. King Gorice wears an ouroboros signet ring and that's significant because when one king dies, another is instantly ready to take his place. But there is another significance to the ouroboros ? but you'll have to read the book to learn it.
The language is very formal: lots of thees, thous and methinks. But the characters are formal and the story is formal, so the language is appropriate. It is sort of in the style of Le Morte D'Arthur.
If you don't enjoy this book, you simply have no taste for fantasy literature.
Jun 2, 2007
The story starts off by a man named Lessingham from earth who is taken to mercury. Strangely though he quickly drops out the the picture by the time the story gets under way, and is on mention one other time later in the story.
The real meat of the book is of the conquest of lands, uses of magic, and of adventurous journeys. I think Tolkien along with C.S. Lewis found this book to be quite good fantasy.
The book is filled with masterfully drawn characters and memorable lands. The author also makes good use of prose and poetry, and here and there uses an older english diction; which I found very beautiful.
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