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Thomas the Rhymer 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 ueen of Elfland he finds that words are not enough to keep him from his fate As the ueen 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 ueen'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


10 thoughts on “Thomas the Rhymer

  1. says:

    This was a book I read sometime in the 90s 1995 is a rough guess after getting it from the Science Fiction Book Club It's a masterful re telling of the Scottish folk legend of Thomas of Erceldoune a 12th century minstrel who was apparently an actual person who was said to have been abducted by the ueen of Elfland to serve her for seven ye


  2. says:

    There's a lot to be said about a fantasy that is written WELL In fact one can argue that it is the only thing worth aiming for With tons of writers touching on this and that in the realm of the Fae of wandering minstrels of friendship love and loss you'd think there would never be a way to STAND OUT from that crowdAnd then this late in my


  3. says:

    Thomas the Rhymer is a worthy and beautiful novelization of the ballad elegantly told from the perspective of four people Gavin and Meg the elderly couple who takes on Thomas as a surrogate son bookend Thomas's own experience in Elfland and the fourth by Thomas's mortal love Elspeth after he returns to the human world with his 'gift' of soo


  4. says:

    This is my all time favorite book about Faerie I've been reading about and studying Faerie since I was a small child And I am an AVID reader Ellen Kushner has done to bring the world of the Fae alive than anything else I've ever read Critics of this book need to understand that Thomas the Rhymer or Tam Lin is a legend It is what it is For K


  5. says:

    A really intetesting extremely unusual novel Its sort of an example of what fantasy might have been like if Tolkien had never existed with a deeply character driven storyline and a setting very rooted in old England and its mythology sort of like Spencer or something its largely a down to earth almost realist novel interrupted by 100 pages of


  6. says:

    The eye of man hath not heard the ear of man hath not seen man’s hand is not able to taste his tongue to conceive nor his heart to report what my dream was I will get Peter uince to write a ballad of this dream


  7. says:

    I love novels like this; that flesh out a traditional tale while remaining true and faithful to the source material Like Robin McKinley's 'Beauty' Donna Jo Napoli's 'Zel' etc This book retells the legend of Thomas the Rhymer a minstrel taken under the hill for seven years of service to the faerie ueen who returns with the 'gift' of being unable


  8. says:

    What a uietly beautiful book At a first glance it's a small story but it has such depth such insight it's so full of raw emotions and witty humour it touches your heart and doesn't let go easily If at all


  9. says:

    It took me a while to get into this version of Thomas the Rhymer The story is told in four voices the voice of an old man who takes Thomas in almost as his own son Gavin; the voice of Thomas himself; the voice of Gavin's wife Meg; and the voice of the mortal woman who loves Thomas Elspeth The part in Gavin's voice didn't grip me so much but when


  10. says:

    A sensually told tale of Thomas the Rhymer pre during and after his abduction by the ueen of Elfland with whom he resides for seven years returning with her 'gift' of a tongue that can tell no liesFleshing out the myth and letting us get to know Thomas as he might have been before with a tongue that flattered and lied easily the first part of the


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