London: HarperCollins, 2013. 8vo. First edition. De Luxe edition. Quarter-bound in mid grey with grey boards, stamped in gold foil with a specially commissioned motif and housed in a matching slipcase. Printed on superior quality paper. Silk marker ribbon. Colour frontispiece showing a facsimile page from Tolkien's original manuscript. As new in shrinkwrap. Item #5093
The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skilful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre, in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told: of Arthur's expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, of Guinevere's flight from Camelot, of the great sea-battle on Arthur's return to Britain, in the portrait of the traitor Mordred, in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle.
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