A minstrel lives by his words, his tunes, and sometimes by his lies. But when the bold and gifted young Thomas the Rhymer awakens the desire of the powerful Queen of Elfland, he finds that words are not enough to keep him from his fate. As the Queen sweeps him far from the people he has known and loved into her realm of magic, opulence - and captivity - he learns at last what it is to be truly human. When he returns to his home with the Queen's parting gift, his great task will be to seek out the girl he loved and wronged, and offer her at last the tongue that cannot lie. Award-winning author Ellen Kushner's inspired retelling of an ancient legend weaves myth and magic into a vivid contemporary novel about the mysteries of the human heart. Brimming with ballads, riddles, and magical transformations, here is the timeless tale of a charismatic bard whose talents earn him a two-edged otherworldly gift.
Excerpt from Thomas the Rhymer It can hardly be doubted that the Thomas most famous of renown was a native of Tweedside, of the village now unhappily called Earlstoun, and that he ﬂourished during the thirteenth century. His reputation as a seer, also indisputable, resting upon certain predictions of the chief events in the Edwardian wars of the fourteenth century, appears to have been firmly rooted in his lifetime, or in the years immediately succeeding his 7 death;'and'certainly extended far beyond the limits of his own district. Thomas appears also to have been illustrious as a poet, and is credited by a contemporary, Thomas Mannyng of Brunne, with the authorship of an incomparable romance of the story of Tristrem, but the Thomas of that poem, it is sometimes perversely argued, is another than Thomas of Ercildoune. Yet a poet, great or small, our Thomas must surely have been, for many poems were ascribed to him by early tradition, among others - although here again we are warned against credulity - that which celebrates his meeting with the Faery Queen, his journey with her through middel-erthe, and seven years' sojourn in her kingdom. Of this poem a great part consists in a prophetic survey of the English and Scottish wars of 1300 to 1400, a singularly lifeless performance, which we may perhaps believe is by another and later hand than the faery tale, that here shines like the rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
European Fairy Tales Vol 3 In the Fairy Tales Series Volume 3, we explore the tale of "Thomas the Rhymer." This book 66 page, fully illustrated book discusses the different kinds of tales that developed in the oral tradition and what differentiates them as genres; such as myth, legend, folk and fairy tale. The origin and development of Thomas' tale is discussed, before moving into a discussion on shamanic elements in ancient European mythic belief. The continuance of shamanic practice in the European folk tradition into the Early Modern Era is explored, as well as how these elements are demonstrated in this tale. The second half of the book is the author's retelling of the story. And, the entire volume is richly illustrated throughout.
Early Scottish Poetry - Thomas the rhymer; John Barbour; Androw of Wyntoun; Henry the minstrel is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1891. Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.
The story of Thomas the Rhymer is well known, preserved in both prose and ballad form across the centuries. The original tells of Thomas of Erceldoune and his meeting the Queen of Elfland , becoming her lover, and serving her in Fairy for 7 years. This short story asks what might happen if the Queen was a king, and what it might have been like for a human man to meet him, become his lover, and journey into Fairy with him. M/M love story, adaptation of existing fairylore