So once upon a time there was a certain author who was stumbling upon YouTube for irrelevant information (that’s me), and as though it were fated, this author stumbled upon a video with less than 30 views at the time. The video was titled something along the lines of “Enchanted Worlds Books…”. In essence, this video was composed of a gentlemen leafing through a rather large tome.
At first, this anonymous author thought nothing of it. But then the man in the video opened the book, revealing a myriad of classically painted art with fancy text printed over it. From that moment on, the author was interested.
An odd way to start a blog post, I know, but what’s even odder is that this story is true. Just thinking about it this way reminds me of how easily I could have just skipped this obscure video, and have missed out on this rare gem of a series.
Luckily for you, my curiosity has a habit of showing itself in the oddest moments. But what the hell is this book? Well, I’m glad you asked.
The Enchanted Worlds series of books is among the more unique pieces of literature you could find. From the peculiar size of the texts themselves to the stunning art that garnishes most of its pages. But what is truly unique about this book is the kind of narrative that it is telling.
Just by reading the title you could fool yourself into believing this was just another run-of-the-mill mythology encyclopedia. But the moment you fathom this is the moment your are a hair’s breath away from dismissing this as generic drivel. But it’s not.
Elves and Fairies is a title broad enough for it to give the vibe of an academic work, which in one sense, is a vibe provided by this book. A lot of knowledge of particular subsets of mythology from all over Europe is present here, and you can learn a fair bit from it. But that isn’t ALL there is to it.
This story is more akin to a collection of folklore compiled into a manuscript. Except that…it isn’t!? Well, I guess it kind of is but–its weird is all.
The stories compiled in this book are about Elves and Fairies (what else were you expecting?), and it tells of their encounters with the human race over the course of ancient and medieval history. You have tales of forbidden love between the two alien races, tales of fairies whom would snatch infants from villages, tales of people turning into swans, and much more!
The reason I say it’s strange is because it’s hard to tell whether this book tries to present itself as a compilation of stories told by ancient people or as a compilation of fictional stories inspired by ancient mythologies. The stories present here have just the right amount of lack of detail and tropes to fit in with common fairy-tales we hear, yet, the tales are so different from the ones we are used to listening to, that one can’t help but speculate if the writers made them up on their own.
It’s a very peculiar experience. If I had to summarize it in one way, it would be this. This book chronicles the dealings of Fairy-Kind with the Mortal world through the views of many European cultures, all the while giving you a neat index of historical beliefs regarding these beings. I don’t think I’ve read anything like it either, and I don’t think you have either.
I ask that you please give this a shot, I’ve only read one book but my imagination is already enthralled. As for the price…would you believe me if I told you that a good portion of these books are available used for only a cent on Amazon? A cent.
With those kind of prices, how could you NOT get it?
As always, this has been the QuestingAuthor. Keep Writing, my friends.
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