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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

11:29PM - Quick Princess and the Goblin Question

I have, as the title of this post implies, a question about the book The Princess and the Goblin:


Does anyone know what happened to Harelip and the king and queen of the Goblins at the end?  For the life of me, I can't think of it, and it's beginning to drive me a little crazy.  Any help is appreciated, thanks!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

1:38PM - Home Again: cross-posting

when i first started writing i thought my words were god's gift to the world. they were awful, the stories trite, but if i had not believed the lie i would not have had the encouragement to go on... which gave me the necessary practice needed to write better and gain hold of the craft. behind the cut is a quote from George MacDonald's Home Again as an example about the delimma of trying to understand where we are at with our written words, the words of others, and the pressures that come into play as we move forward. hmm..or is it forward? ;-)

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Friday, December 1, 2006

9:54AM - Intro

1. Name: Valerie
2. Age: 23
3. Location: Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
4. How many/which GMD books have you read? I don't know? Most of them?
5. Which is your favorite? I really like The Light Princess and The Day Boy and the Night Girl, but those aren't exactly a books are they? The only one I didn't really care for was At the Back of the North Wind, but I think I might get more out of it if I re-read it now as an adult.
6. What introduced you to our dear friend George? My mother died when I was young, and I inherited her books. She seems to have been obsessed with Rev. MacDonald, because she had quite a few of his books. At every used bookstore, I always check first for "Lewis" and "MacDonald."
7. What other books do you read? Well, CS Lewis, obviously. I also like Tom Robbins and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Les Miserables, Three Musketeers, and Hinds Feet on High Places are a few others that come to mind.
8. Besides books, what are you interested in? Cooking, camping, hiking, skiing the bunny slopes, obscure movies
9. BONUS QUESTION: What would make this community awesome? Heck, I don't know.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

4:53PM - New Fantasy Lit Community

Dear friends,

I've just created a new community, faerie_founders, for the discussion of all fantasy literature written before the advent of WWI in 1914. I would like to formally invite all fans of L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, Bram Stoker, Carlo Collodi, George MacDonald, J. M. Barrie and their ilk to join us there to post reviews, fanfiction and discussions about the classics of the fantasy genre.


P.S: If this kind of post is not allowed, I apologise. Please feel free to delete it.

Current mood: hopeful

Sunday, August 27, 2006

12:47PM - yay George MacDonald

Just wanted to drop a line. I love Goerge MacDonald books and have access to quite a few, thanks to Johannesen Printing and Publishing. I don't actually own most of the GM books I've read, but borrowed them from friends who bought ALL his books from this publisher. Here are the ones I recall reading: Sir Gibbie(my favorite!), Donal Grant, Paul Faber-Surgeon, Adela Cathcart, The Flight of the Shadow, The Wise Woman(which included a lot of really neat fairy tales), Lilith, Phantastes, Heather and Snow, Alec Forbes, The Elect Lady, There and Back....I think thats it so far, but there are a bunch more! I want to get my hands on "Whats Mine's Mine", but I haven't as of yet. Anyhow, if anyone wants more info, let me know. These books are there if you want them!

Monday, June 12, 2006


Hi there - just happened upon this community wondering if there was a group who went through GMD's Daily Readings from Diary of an Old Soul.

1. Name: Laura

2. Age: 43

3. Location: Texas

4. How many/which GMD books have you read? I just started reading his books a few months ago. I've read Lilith, The Golden Key, The Light Princess. I've been doing the daily readings in Diary of an Old Soul and just purchased Phantaste.

5. Which is your favorite? So far, Lilith. I cried and cried while reading it.

6. What introduced you to our dear friend George? I've been on a big C.S. Lewis kick of late and found out about him through Surprised by Joy.

7. What other books do you read? Lots of Lewis books lately. I'm currently reading Nesbitt's Story of the Amulet, Life of Pi, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Also reading Omnipotent God and Other Theological Mistakes, The Last Week by Borg & Crossan. I'll read just about anything if it's decent literature or good theology.

8. Besides books, what are you interested in? my family, theology & spirituality (panentheism), health & weightloss

9. BONUS QUESTION: What would make this community awesome? I don't really have any suggestions. I was actually hoping to find a community that went through his daily readings together. But this is great.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

8:21AM - Polwarth

"How is the asthma tonight, Mr. Polwarth?" inquired the pastor.

"Not very bad, thank you, Mr. Drake. But, bad or not, it is always a friendly devil," answered the little man.

"I am surprised to hear you express yourself so, Mr. Polwarth," said the minister, a hint of rebuke in his voice at the characterization.

The little man laughed a quiet, huskily melodious, merry laugh.

"I am not original in the idea, and scarcely so in my way of expressing it. I found it in the second letter to the Corinthians last night, and my heart has been full of it ever since."

"I am at a loss to understand you, Mr. Polwarth," said the minister, shaking his head.

"I beg your pardon. In the passage I refer to, St. Paul says, 'There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.' Am I not right in speaking of such a demon as a friendly one? He was a gift from God."

--from The Lady's Confession by George MacDonald

Current mood: contemplative

Tuesday, January 3, 2006


I haven't posted here in a while, but I thought I might since I have some news that is very relavant to this community. This fall I was accepted to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. This is where George MacDonald studied before going into seminary (or whatever they called it then). I am gettin a Master of Letter in Ethnology and Folklore. The programme is only a year so this summer I will be writing my dissertation already. Scary. But my chosen topic is MacDonald, though its been a stretch to find a way to work it in with folklore. But so far, my advisor and I have decided on writing a comparision of GM's Scotish novels with the work of Walter Gregor, a folklorist working at the same time as GM. I'm both excited and scared at the idea of all this required reading. Especially since I've only read Adela Cathcart which is rather different from his other works. Anyway, thought y'all would like to hear that.

And since I missed the get to know you party:
1. Name: Kristine
2. Age: 24
3. Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
4. How many/which GMD books have you read? not enough, but Lilith, Adela Cathcart, most of the fairy tales, the Curdie books, I've started Phantastes and several novels, but didn't finish them.
5. Which is your favorite? Lilith
6. What introduced you to our dear friend George? Michael Phillips, another fan like Lewis
7. What other books do you read? any fiction
8. Besides books, what are you interested in? music, sewing, movies, art
9. BONUS QUESTION: What would make this community awesome? I dunno

Current mood: tired

Sunday, August 21, 2005

8:22PM - Anthony the Great

Not technically about GMD, but many of the Desert Fathers seem to have been Christians who "got it" in the same way as Macdonald, and I've just discovered another — Anthony the Great:

  • "A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, 'You are mad; you are not like us.'"
  • "Do not be afraid to hear about virtue and do not be a stranger to the term. For it is not distant from us nor is it external to us; its realisation lies within us and the work is easy if only we want it. The Greeks leave home and cross the seas in order to gain an education, but there is no need for us to go away on accountof the Kingdom of God nor need we cross the sea in search of virtue. For the Lord has told us, 'The Kingdom of God is within you.' All that is needed for goodness is that which is within, the human heart."
  • "I saw all the snares that the enemy spreads over the whole world and I said, groaning, 'What can get through such snares?' Then I heard a voice saying to me, 'Humility.'"

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

1:17PM - Quotes on living

"A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live." - Thomas Merton

"I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans." - George Macdonald

Just thought I'd share :)

(x-posted: fix_the_world)

Monday, August 8, 2005

11:29AM - No man can order his life

"No man can order his life, for it comes flowing over him from behind ... The one secret of life and development is not to devise and plan but to fall in with the forces at work — to do every moment's duty aright — that being the part in the process allotted to us: and let come — not what will, for there is no such thing — but what the eternal thought wills for each of us, has intended in each of us from the first."


Sunday, July 31, 2005

5:00PM - *ahem*

Right, as the moderator of this community, I think I've been abandoning it for long enough. We've got 30 members now, which is good, but only 12 entries. Let's get this community at least a little more active.

To get things going, let's first have a "Get to know you" party. Right here, right now. I'll start:

1. Name: Jessica. Hi.
2. Age: 20. A little younger than George.
3. Location: Texas. It's hot.
4. How many/which GMD books have you read? A good number, but not all of them. Lilith, Phantastes, At the Back of the North Wid, Sir Gibbie, Donal Grant, Princess & The Goblin, Princess & Curdie, The Golden Key, Light Princess (and the other "children's" stories that usually accompany it), most of the stories in "The Portent and Other Stories", Robert Falconer, and David Elginbrod. Most of them I borrowed from a library in a nreaby town which happily has quite a few, but I hope to own them all eventually. I have a scad of ebooks on my hardrive, which encompasses most of his works, but I want to own them all in book form, because books are yummy.
5. Which is your favorite? The Princess and Curdie. I love the "ugly" creatures, and I just love the whole story.
6. What introduced you to our dear friend George? I really don't remember. I remember that the first book I read was At The Back of The North Wind, and I think someone pointed me to it mentioning that CS Lewis liked his stuff. Maybe. It's been a while.
7. What other books do you read? I adore CS Lewis, Tolkien, JK Rowling, Poe, Eoin Colfer, and Tamora Peirce, but I'll read anything that can get me hooked in.
8. Besides books, what are you interested in? Music, astronomy/physics, knitting, and the like.

And look, I'll even make it easy for you. Just copy&paste the questions from this box:

Friday, April 22, 2005

2:04PM - Favourite GMD quotes

I've just put together a collection of my favourite GMD quotes, and I thought I'd crosspost them here in case anyone was interested ...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

1:41PM - Help with Phantastes

I've tried to read Phantastes three times but I can't finish it. There seems to be something that I'm missing. Can anyone give me some help with it?

Current mood: confused

Friday, March 11, 2005

2:28PM - Hello

I'm new. Just discovered the community.
I live in Michigan, USA.
I just graduated with BA in English.
I want to go to the University of Aberdeen in the fall (waiting for acceptance/rejection).
I discovered GM in The Eleventh Hour by Michael Phillips. The characters read and discuss him as 'The Scotsman'. Then my school offered a class called Christian Mythopoeic Writers that studied GM, Tolkien, Lewis and Charles Williams.
I have to say that that class put the last nail in the coffin. At Aberdeen (or whereever I'm accepted) I want to study Mythopoeic fantasy and become a writer.
If I go to Aberdeen, it will be the first time I've ever left the country (except for Canada, which doesn't count if you live in Michigan).

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

2:08PM - The Castle

A friend of mine was reading MacDonald's story "The Castle" and referred me to the first two paragraphs which are rich with possible implications. Read more...Collapse )The more I learn, the more I am reminded of how little I really know; yet I take comfort in knowing there is a cohesive framework which accounts for everything, however un-related or incongruous it may seem. The world is not some assortment of relative and individual perceptions whatever supposed intellectuals might say. That is an encouraging thought.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

5:21PM - Hello everybody!

Hello, I'm a newbie here! *waves to all the good people in the community

So here are a few things about me:
- I've been an avid reader since age 4, and fairytales are my favourite genre :o)
- I'm a translator and I also teach private English lessons.
- I live in Bucharest, Romania.
- discovered GMD via C.S. Lewis (of course :o) a few years ago. I haven't yet read too many of his books, but what I read I liked immensely. My favourites are Phantastes and Lilith, and my favouritest part of GMD's writings is Cosmo's story, found in Phantastes. I am currently working on a translation of this story in Romanian.

Look forward to participating in the discussions here!

Current mood: cheerful

Saturday, November 27, 2004

10:29AM - Wondering...

Does anybody know where I could get some of George MacDonald's works in the orginal Scottish gaelic? I am specifically interested in Alec Forbes of Howglen. I read the children's version "Alec Forbes and His Friend Annie" when I was very young. I have read it more than a dozen times since as it is my favorite. I am working on a Masters in English, and for my thesis paper, I would like to get my hands on MacDonald's works in their original language.

Also, as a side note. I went to a debate last weekend between Thomas Granger (author of the Key to Harry Potter) and Richard Abanus (author of Harry Potter and the Bible). They brought up the two obvious influential Christian authors in children's fantasy, Tolkien and Lewis. Can anyone explain to me why MacDonald, who was the forerunner of these men in Christian fantasy, is so often overlooked and not mentioned? A vast majority of people don't know who he is, lost in the shadows of Mordor and Narnia. Is there something I am missing? Why his exclusion, when it's so obvious he is a genius in his writing?

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. ~George MacDonald~

Current mood: busy

Tuesday, March 2, 2004


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Thursday, January 15, 2004

10:05AM - Cross-posted from my own journal

One of the many nuggets of truth I have found in my reading of George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind (sometimes I enjoy children's books so much more than grown-up ones):

"...But to try to make others comfortable is the only way to get right comfortable ourselves, and that comes partly of not being able to think so much about ourselves when we are helping other people. For our Selves will always do pretty well if we don't pay them too much attention. Our Selves are like some little children who will be happy enough so long as they are left to their own games, but when we begin to interfere with them, and make them presents of too nice playthings, or too many sweet things, they begin at once to fret and spoil."

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