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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960)

de Alan Garner

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Sèrie: Tales of Alderley (1)

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A tale of Alderley When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights. But the heart of the magic that binds them - Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen - has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power. Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone's return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?… (més)
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High fantasy children's book. This is a strange one, at times it felt like it was doing to fantasy what 'Alien' or 'Red Dwarf' did to sci-fi. It makes things just seem very mundane, not boring, just oddly normal and unglamorous, i quite liked those parts.
It reminded me of [b:Over Sea, Under Stone|11312|Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising, #1)|Susan Cooper|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1443993959s/11312.jpg|742] until about the 15% mark when the author just decided to give up and steal as much of [b:The Lord of the Rings|33|The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)|J.R.R. Tolkien|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1521850178s/33.jpg|3462456] as he could get away with, which turned out to be a LOT :P .
The entire rest of the book is one long chase sequence and the near constant thefts from LotR did become a bit annoying.
The language can be a bit tricky for younger readers, there are a lot of names thrown around too and some accent writing. As the plot never slows down there isn't too much in the way of jeopardy or at least suspense, but the speed of events and the ridiculous pileup of fantasy concepts stopped me getting bored.

Its kind of terrible in a way and funny, possibly on purpose? It became so absurd in the latter portions it started to remind me of 'Labyrinth'. Fun enough as LotR's ripoffs go.

Edit: Having now perused some other reviews i'm shocked at how little people seem to grasp what a knockoff of LotR this book is. I really don't think you could get away with publishing this today without being sued.
Its not in the vain of LotR's, its not an answer to LotR, or inspired by or uses similar sources, this story is put together from chunk after chunk of actual plot from the Hobbit, Fellowship and Two Towers. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Two young siblings are staying on the country farm in the English countryside where their mother grew up while their parents go abroad, and they quickly find themselves caught up in an ancient battle between good and evil as the boundaries between the world of modern Cheshire and the old England of wizards and morrigans blur and fade. A weirdstone that was long ago stolen from a wizard has made it down the years and into the children's hands as a family heirloom, and their presence with it back in its former homeland awakens the dark forces that want it. And so begins a journey to deliver the stone to safety that makes companions of the children, their farmer-caretaker, a wizard, and a couple of dwarves.

Susan Cooper meets The Chronicles of Prydain with a heavy splash of Tolkien, if Frodo were a modern-day British middle grader and the Fellowship were skulking through the Cheshire countryside, accidentally seen by a few bemused farmers along the way. So, actually, let's through in a dash of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well. And it could have been as awesome as it sounds, but it was too short and more than a little too sloppy. I was left wanting much, much more. ( )
  electrascaife | Sep 5, 2021 |
Alan Garner (along with Roald Dahl) was the first author I remember being really enthusiastic about when I was a child. And I am still enthusiastic, this is a brilliant book (i'm being stingy with my 5 stars though). Alan Garner introduced me to a whole world of magic and myth. I really enjoyed reading this again, it is a bit dated, but it doesn't suffer for it.

There is a passage in this book when the group are travelling through some mines which has stayed with me as the most disturbing thing I have ever read and has fueled many nightmares. Re-reading it again, it is still as disturbing as ever (though my wife just said 'meh' and doesn't understand, so it's probably me).

Please excuse the waffle, this review is mostly for me to jog my memory in future.
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  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
"bog-standard" is apt. But I find it difficult not to enjoy 1960s English children's fantasy. It is period now, the children in this book, as in so many others, do farm chores after school.

Although there is a great evil(!), the style is not as portentous as that of Susan Cooper. The whole purpose seems to have been to use cool words and ideas from Norse and Celtic mythology, and to describe in great detail the area around where the author grew up. There is a map, and a rendezvous on a hilltop, and the book is over in a flash.

"The Book of Three" is so much more coherent and interesting, but Lloyd Alexander was a mature author when he wrote that, while Alan Garner was just 22. ( )
  themulhern | Aug 28, 2019 |
I found a boxed set of 4 children's stories written by Alan Garner. These are bog standard classic British fantasies derived from folklore of the British Isles. What I find most interesting is that these stories each end quite abruptly at the climax showing that the initial problem that spurred the story has been addressed. No resolution, no wrap up, just mission accomplished, drop curtain.

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen was published in 1960 and features siblings Colin and Susan who have just arrived at the village of Alderley Edge in Cheshire, due south of Manchester, for an extended stay while their parents are out of the country. They immediately explore the woods of The Edge, a hilly area that includes abandoned mines and quarries just outside the village, and fall headlong into adventure involving the morthbrood (witches) headed by the Morrigan, svarts or svart-alfar (goblins) headed by Arthog and Slinkveal, the dwarves Fenodytree and Durathror and their fearsome swords Widowmaker and Dyrnwyn, the wizard Cadellin Silverbrow, Angharad Goldenhand (the Lady of the Lake) and various others. Everyone is seeking Firefrost, the weirdstone that powers the enchantment that keeps a king of yore with 149 of his valorous knights, all accompanied by pure white steeds all asleep until the final battle when they are needed. Cadellin is their eternal guardian and rescues the children from evil creatures, thus introducing High Magic into their existence as they seek to understand why the children are in danger. It's a blend of high fantasy, Celtic gods, and Arthurian legend by other names. ( )
  justchris | Jul 27, 2019 |
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Alan Garnerautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Adamson, GeorgeAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Call, GregAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gaughan, JackAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Green, CharlesCartographerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lavis, StephenAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schleinkofer, DavidAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schwinger, LaurenceAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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In every prayer I offer up, Alderley, and all belonging to it, will be ever a living thought in my heart.
Rev. Edward Stanley: 1837
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At dawn one still October day in the long ago of the world, across the hill of Alderley, a farmer from Mobberley was riding to Macclesfield fair.
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A tale of Alderley When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights. But the heart of the magic that binds them - Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen - has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power. Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone's return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?

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