Alan Garner
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
August 18, 2019 Comments.. 344
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen 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 hun

  • Title: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • Author: Alan Garner
  • ISBN: 9780007127887
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 forWhen 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 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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    1. Robyn says:

      This is a book of my childhood. I remember the first few chapters of it being read to me during the library sessions at school when I was seven and it was the first fantasy book I ever checked out all by myself (I had to know what happened!).Unlike a lot of fantasy books for children, I remember being quite genuinely frightened during parts of this which was thrilling. I still re-read this occasionally and each time am transported back to that sense of wonder and adventure I felt when I was a ve [...]

    2. Bill Bridges says:

      This is one of my treasured classics. I recently re-read it in the 50th anniversary edition. I was nervous about approaching it again, since I haven't read it in years and I was afraid it might not hold up as well to adult eyes. It performed miraculously. I first read the book when I was, oh, 12? I was home sick and read it cover to cover. I couldn't put it down and was completely swept away. It was the first book I'd ever encountered where magic and myth were still alive in the contemporary wor [...]

    3. Sandy says:

      Purportedly written for children but with a strong appeal for adults as well, Alan Garner's first novel, "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen," is a swashbuckling heroic fantasy set in the present day, and one that conflates elements of Welsh, Nordic and English mythology into one very effective brew. Though now deemed a classic of sorts, I probably would never have heard of this work, had it not been for Scottish author Muriel Gray's article about it in the excellent overview volume "Horror: Another [...]

    4. Caroline Foster says:

      Whenever I’m asked to name my favourite children’s author, the answer has to be Alan Garner. I’ve recently reread all his children’s books, and read some of his adult books for the first time, but of all of them my favourite remains the first book of his I read as a child, the Weirdstone of Brisingamen.In the introduction to the fiftieth anniversary edition of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, published in 2010, Philip Pullman said of Garner that:‘Garner is indisputably the great originat [...]

    5. Mitchell says:

      Alan Garner is widely considered one of England’s most beloved children’s authors, so naturally I had to investigate what the fuss was about. The problem with beloved children’s authors is that a lot of people love them because they were raised on them, and if you come onto the scene decades later as an adult, you may fail to see what the appeal is, only to be met with wintry glares from everybody else, trying to enjoy their nostalgia binge.That’s certainly how I feel about The Weirdston [...]

    6. David says:

      You need to meet a book at the right age. Some authors, I think you have to experience at the right age to get the optimal experience. I read Tolkien, Lovecraft and the Beats way too late. I love these writers, but I don't carry them in my heart the way that many of my friends do. (Although I am crazily in love with the books of John Christopher) I don't think it's just that you're more receptive to stuff when you're younger. There are some writers I read as a younger person that I wasn't ready [...]

    7. proxyfish says:

      Reviewed for the Blast from the Past feature on my blog - Books by Proxy5 StarsI remember my mum sitting on the edge of my bed, my hands clutching at the covers, as she told me the tale of Colin and Susan and their adventures with goblins and demon dogs, with warlocks, witches and wizards, and the forces for good and evil. I remember my heart beating faster, my eyes widening in anticipation, as the heroes started out on an adventure which was equal parts exciting, enthralling and terrifying. I w [...]

    8. Mathew says:

      Although a little difficult to follow at times, this is nonetheless an great example of an adventure story whose pace and excitement beats many that are to be found in bookstores today. Alan is famed for stating that he thinks this, his first novel, of poor quality but I still think it stands head and shoulders above much literature for children out there. I can see his criticism when compared to Red Shift or The Owl Service yet I still have a great love for this book mainly because of Garner's [...]

    9. Leah says:

      An odd, simple children's book that meanders somewhere quite impressive.There are a lot of things I'd love to know about this world, especially how the magical bits fit into the everyday bits - at one stage they're on their epic journey from the farmhouse to the hill, hiding from evil enemies in the skies and the dark, and they hear cars driving past on a normal road. What do these people think? Have any of them seen the weird things going on around them? Why doesn't Alan Garner tell me these th [...]

    10. Nikki says:

      I remember reading some of Alan Garner's books when I was much younger. I found them creepy as hell then, and he certainly does know what kinds of images to evoke to have that feeling of danger and creepiness. There's a lot of claustrophobia in this book -- tunnels and water-filled passages and being packed in tight. There are parts of the description that are just brilliant.The mythology aspects are pretty cool, too. The references to Ragnarok, etc. I don't know whether it's that whole 'younger [...]

    11. Gray says:

      "Clothed in the featureless snow, the countryside seemed vast; limitless as a desert, and as silent as a mine, the land offered no cover." (p.246)Originally published in 1960, this was a popular children's book when I was growing up. I didn't get around to reading it until this year, 2017. I was always curious about it and I'd read good things about Garner's writing, specifically his depictions of nature. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I'd imagined, but that's probably down to my reading it [...]

    12. Allie says:

      Probably my favourite audiobook. Philip Madoc's voice is PERFECT, as is the accompanying music. Along with the story, this audiobook is PERFECTION. In fact, I used to go to sleep listening to it. I well and truly love it. This time around I listened to this with my kids. Unfortunately, they didn't love it like I do. My 10 year old son said he didn't really understand it, so he gave it 3 stars. My 16 year old son also gave it 3 stars. But I'm the one that counts (damnit), so I'm keeping it at 5. [...]

    13. Chris says:

      Reading this at the end of the sixties, fresh from the enjoyment of The Lord of the Rings, I felt confused and slightly underwhelmed. Despite its nod to Arthurian legend (sleeping king, Wild Hunt, sage wizard) and genuine sense of menace I missed the complexity of Tolkien’s saga, with its multiple locations, characters and interweave of plots. Nor did it share the light touch of The Hobbit despite featuring two youngsters in their early teens. Perhaps the book’s misfortune was to be of its t [...]

    14. Elizabeth Ducie says:

      I first came across Alan Garner’s debut novel, not as a book, but as a serial on the Home Service (the forerunner of BBC Radio 4) in 1963 and it had such an effect on me that even now, more than fifty years later, I still feel the urge to hide if I see a flock of crows flying in my direction – and on the one occasion I travelled to Alderly Edge for a meeting, I could hardly concentrate on the proceedings inside for staring out of the window at the scenery and noisy bird life.In a retelling o [...]

    15. Rebecca Douglass says:

      Alan Garner's exciting--and somewhat dark--tale of a magical threat to the world blends magical and real worlds in a manner reminiscent of Narnia. However, unlike Lewis's books, where the characters travel distinctly between the worlds, in Garner's novel the worlds interact continually and the boundaries are indistinct. Set in Cheshire (England), The Weirdstone of Brisingamen tells of Colin and Susan, brother and sister, who stumble into the magical world that exists under and around the everyda [...]

    16. GaryandRuth says:

      As a book for children it is fast-paced and full of adventure. The action centres upon Alderly Edge and introduces the legend of the Sleeping Warriors who await the call of the Once an Future King to rise and defend England once more.As an adult reading a book written for children, I find myself enjoying the archetypal dwarves and being frustrated at the stereotypical children who are the heroes of the book.All in all, the book had made me want to find out more about the legend of the Sleeping K [...]

    17. Brenda Clough says:

      This book was written as a sort of answer to LORD OF THE RINGS, and my! It is thrilling. A wonderful book for people who need more high fantasy after working through Tolkien The only flaw with it is that the third volume is only this year (2012) coming out!

    18. Eileen says:

      I loved this, but I don't know what I was thinking trying to listen to anything by Alan Garner by audiobook! I feel like I missed at least half of the plot and a third of the characters. I'll definitely need to revisit this in print sometime.

    19. Robert says:

      I have to admit, in recent months I sometimes felt that I may have already discovered most of the authors destined to be among my favourites. It is a strangely disappointing feeling.And then I saw this book in a book shop, and the blurbs on the back were by Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Michel Faber for a book that is 50 years old and that I had never heard of. It's not even available on Kindle, so I had to break with my habits of only buying ebooks to get my hands on a copy.And it was worth it.T [...]

    20. Sarah Kingston says:

      This is a book which my mother (a great lover of children's fiction) has been urging me to read for as long as I can remember, and I have finally found the drive to finish it. I listened to this book on audiobook, and enjoyed the experience well enough, although I think I am a little too grown up and the writing a little too dated for me to fully lose myself in the story. However, this would be a great introduction to high fantasy for children aged 8-14, and for anyone older who enjoys wizards, [...]

    21. Paula says:

      This is just as amazing and poignant as when i first read it as a teenager. No one gets the pain of contact with the Unseen World the way Garner does, the way its beauty leaves a longing in the human heart that can never be filled with anything in our world. This book is beautiful and filled with power, and I loved it just as much this time, but I noticed its deep and haunting sadness even more. I 've heard that one of Garner's more recent books deals with these characters in adulthood and how t [...]

    22. Courtney Johnston says:

      This is one of those classic books - like Susan Cooper's 'The Dark is Rising' - that I didn't read as a child. My parents were not readers and although we had a wonderful school librarian, my reading was not strongly directed. I developed quite early on a sense of what one "should" read and pursued it (in 3rd form I loved Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose', gave 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' my best shot and gave up on both 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre', never to return) but there's a few [...]

    23. Annie says:

      Review of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, 1960, by Alan GarnerAnnie’s choice for Secret Gardeners September 2015 category Children / YANostalgic, reassuring. A little dull. This is a small tale of two children who hold the key to winning a battle between good and evil, played out in the lore-rich stony landscape of Alderly Edge in Cheshire.There is an Arthurian-loaded legend of knights sleeping for generations beneath the hill, waiting to be woken ‘when England shall be in direst peril, and E [...]

    24. Nigel says:

      I haven't read this in a long, long time, but it was very much a favourite of mine, and I think I'm beginning to really appreciate why. Actually, it's almost shocking: I was not prepared for how Tolkeiny it is. You have dwarves, you have elves (unseen), you have orcish monsters and trolls, a piece of jewelry as plot-token and a wise old wizard in a beard and robes; there are woods and mines and lakes and aid from a mysterious lady of great beauty and power. In other words, tons of Northern Europ [...]

    25. Steve Smy says:

      The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, is one of my all time favourite children's books, together with the sequel, The Moon of Gomrath. They had a profound impact on me, such that when we holidayed in the Peak District, and I was an adult, I had an overwhelming desire to visit Alderley Edge (which sadly never happened). The adventures of Colin and Susan - sometimes frightening - are told at the perfect pace for younger readers. The connections to fairy tales, legends and the ancient "Matt [...]

    26. Joan says:

      I had the same reaction this time that I did as a kid. While part of the escape through the underground caves and tunnels was really well done, I felt that the ending came out of nowhere. It was most unsatisfactory. You never found out what happens to the brother and sister in the story, or really, what happened to a lot of the magical creatures in the story. I know several well known writers, including Susan Cooper, have considered Garner a founding father of the fantasy genre for kids, but I r [...]

    27. Jesse Owen says:

      I’m not really sure where to start with this review, I mean from the description from it sounded interesting and the mention of the word Wizard made me think – yay! And after seeing many good reviews for the book on (mostly five star) I thought I would enjoy it. But it left me slightly dissapointed. :(For a start the story reminded me of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (one of the only books (I only tried to read the first one) I wasn’t able to finish) – the map at the start only reinfor [...]

    28. Melinda Szymanik says:

      I really liked this as a child and it formed an important part of my early reading diet that spurred me on to becoming a writer myself. I remember being somewhat frustrated by the ending back then and found the same again now. While matters come to something of a conclusion so much is unresolved and I recall the second book didn't really fix things for me. Perhaps I will give that a second go too.This reads now as a bit LOTR lite/derivative. As a child I found the journey through the tunnels and [...]

    29. Natasha Hurley-Walker says:

      Enjoyed the start, as I used to work at Jodrell Bank so know the area pretty well! But it's all so very predictable. Heirloom passed down through generations turns out to be magical artifact? Check. Wet and personality-free children essential to facing down evil and fulfilling ancient prophecy? Check. Heroic dwarven sidekicks? Check. Annoying written regional accents? Check. Evil-but-never-explained-why baddies with unpronounceable Norse-ish and Welsh-ish names? Check.As for the actual content, [...]

    30. Caroline Bennett says:

      I think unfortunately it is a bit like Star Wars. You have to experience it as a child to truly get it. It was very original, and the structure was totally different from loads of children’s literature. But I had to keep going back trying to work out who people like Slinkveal and Lodur were. At one point I was trying to work out who Limbhewer was only to realise it was a nickname of one of the dwarves, Durathror. At least I think he was a dwarf. At one point I thought he was an elf but then I [...]

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