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Faeries (25th Anniversary Edition) Hardcover – Special Edition, October 29, 2002
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Twenty-five years ago, self-proclaimed "faery authorities" Froud and Lee published the first edition of their imaginative faery field guide. Since then, the two have gone on to publish numerous faery books and contribute their ideas to such fantasy films as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legend and the new Lord of the Rings. This expanded version, like its predecessor, features pencil drawings and watercolors of mythical creatures, as well as brief descriptions of their origins and powers; it draws on a long history of phantasmagoric iconography in the generally occidental vein. It boasts new art and introductions by the artists, as well; in its silver anniversary, the bewitching quality of its content remains. Besides faeries, the authors also include renderings of many other denizens of faery land-goblins, dwarves and leprechauns, for instance-as well as stranger breeds, such as the Fachan, a one-armed, one-legged oddity from the Scotland highlands and the Jack-in-Irons, a "Yorkshire giant who haunts lonely roads." For the child learning the pleasures of magical worlds, or for adults who never forgot, this book remains a delight. 176 color and 38 b&w illustrations.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Twenty-five years ago, self-proclaimed 'faery authorities' [Brian] Froud and [Alan] Lee published the first edition of their imaginative faery field guide...This expanded version...boasts new art and introductions by the artists; ...in its silver anniversary, the bewitching quality of its content remains."
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A word to the wise for anyone expecting a sketch book full of dainty little girls with gossamer wings: the nightmares are not relegated to the back of a dusty shelf here. From Faerie Flora to the hideous Jenny Greenteeth, all the fey folk are portrayed, both good and bad, pretty and ugly, helpful and mischievous. The stunning artwork is visionary in capturing the intrinsic mystery of this egnimatic, unseen world and its phantasmic population. The handwritten notes add to the captivating essence of the stories in an informal and comfortable way.
If I could change anything at all, I would wish that the pages were numbered and included a table of contents, so I could more easily flip to my favorites.
I would recommend this book to anyone who still wants to believe in magic, and to anyone who wants to reconnect with their childlike sense of wonder. You may be left with the belief that anything is possible ....
Faeries was a book that a friend had shown me when we were in elementary school because she knew how much I loved folklore/folktales/mythology/legends. Plus at that age I had an obsession with "faerie like creatures". I knew that I wanted a copy of my own eventually.
This book has amazing art pieces by Brian Froud and very informative information on faerie-like creatures including goblins, mermaids, and more. The tales and information told are mostly based on European folklore and myths. If you're looking for inspiration on faeries or the like this book is for definitely for you.