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Title: Fate
Author: Brian Froud
Publisher: Published November 1st 1988 by Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli (first published 1978)
ISBN: 9788817111539
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Gli autori di questo libro, magistralmente illustrato, hanno svolto uno studio attento e minuzioso, depurando la realtà dalla superstizione e ci rivelano che ci sono fate assai diverse fra loro: ci sono quelle delle acque, quelle dei fiori e quelle degli alberi e ci sono elfi, folletti verdi e coboldi. Di tutte queste creature meravigliose vengono descritti i modi di viver Gli autori di questo libro, magistralmente illustrato, hanno svolto uno studio attento e minuzioso, depurando la realtà dalla superstizione e ci rivelano che ci sono fate assai diverse fra loro: ci sono quelle delle acque, quelle dei fiori e quelle degli alberi e ci sono elfi, folletti verdi e coboldi. Di tutte queste creature meravigliose vengono descritti i modi di vivere, le dimore, i passatempi, i capricci, gli scherzi. Un libro che ci fa entrare nel mondo incantato di magiche e incredibili creature.

30 review for Fate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I bought this book for my wife some years ago. She was an artist and very talented. Near the end of her life one of the subjects she was beginning to work with was "fantasy subjects" including faeries. She was (as I said above) very talented and throughout her life as she would pick up different techniques and concentrate on different subjects she would expand her "catalog" so to speak. She was able it seemed to study a new type or style and within a few attempts she'd have captured it. She did I bought this book for my wife some years ago. She was an artist and very talented. Near the end of her life one of the subjects she was beginning to work with was "fantasy subjects" including faeries. She was (as I said above) very talented and throughout her life as she would pick up different techniques and concentrate on different subjects she would expand her "catalog" so to speak. She was able it seemed to study a new type or style and within a few attempts she'd have captured it. She did landscapes, seascapes, English gardens, still-lifes (I think since the painting is a "still-life" the plural would be "still-lifes" rather than "still-lives") and did them at different times in different styles so to speak...modern to primitive. She went through a very long period of time doing florals. She took commissions from people to paint everything from their houses to their pets. As I said only a few years ago she was becoming interested in more fantastic subjects. She enjoyed books of art work and as she would find new interests I'd use that as a key or indicator for her next Christmas or birthday gift. This book I bought her not too long ago and it reminds me of her. She past August 1, 2009. There may be books of better paintings but this one and a few others will as long as I'm able to manage it stay on my shelf.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Faeries is a wonderful book: illustrations that are charming, eerie and beautiful, and stories and a wealth of information on fairy-lore. I learned some things that surprised me - for example, although I was aware that people used to attribute prehistoric flint arrowheads to the fairies, I didn't know that the word 'stroke' for paralysis derives from a belief in seizures caused by the touch of a fairy, or 'Elf-stroke'. And although I've read the Harry Potter series a number of times, and tend to Faeries is a wonderful book: illustrations that are charming, eerie and beautiful, and stories and a wealth of information on fairy-lore. I learned some things that surprised me - for example, although I was aware that people used to attribute prehistoric flint arrowheads to the fairies, I didn't know that the word 'stroke' for paralysis derives from a belief in seizures caused by the touch of a fairy, or 'Elf-stroke'. And although I've read the Harry Potter series a number of times, and tend to notice which elements of myth and fairytale Rowling draws on, it wasn't until reading Froud and Lee's description of Brownies being insulted by the gift of clothes, that I made the connection between Brownies and House Elves (furthermore I was a Brownie Guide when I was about seven!). Faeries reminds me how people from not so long ago viewed the world very differently to how we do now. Our ancestors dwelt in a world that was mysterious and unpredictable, shaped by capricious beings whom they sought to propitiate and protect themselves from. My favourite pictures and tales in Faeries are those which emphasis the thin membrane between the human world and the enchanted one, such as fairy islands or or cities under the the surface of a lake. And those that remind me of the uncanny sense of magic I sometimes gain from the world I live in: in my walks along the River Kelvin near my home in Glasgow I can just imagine coming across a Ghillie Dhu in the birch trees, or a lonely, Gollum-esque Urisk

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patick Kyteler

    This is the book that made Brian Froud famous and has yet to be surpassed. Alan Lee's ethereal watercolors are just as breathtaking and provide a lovely counterpoint to Froud's more dramatic drawings. But don't let the glowing images fool you into thinking this is just another coffee table "art" book. The folklore contained therein is just as sound. The flora and fauna sections are especially worthwhile. There is also a dangerous aspect to this work, which adds a fascinating spiciness. Not all f This is the book that made Brian Froud famous and has yet to be surpassed. Alan Lee's ethereal watercolors are just as breathtaking and provide a lovely counterpoint to Froud's more dramatic drawings. But don't let the glowing images fool you into thinking this is just another coffee table "art" book. The folklore contained therein is just as sound. The flora and fauna sections are especially worthwhile. There is also a dangerous aspect to this work, which adds a fascinating spiciness. Not all faeries are the shining winged beings that the Victorians were so fond of. Some are sharp toothed and clawed monsters that come creeping out of the shadows and muck to drag the unsuspecting to their doom. IMHO Faeries isn't a book quite suitable for adults or easily frightened children. It is a work intended for the in-between people: young adults, serious children, and adults who have maintained some of their childhood innocence. Regardless how you look at it FAERIES is a classic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Whether we are aware of it or not faeries have, for as long as can be remembered, always played a part in the daily lives of men, women and especially children. For as far back as can be remembered there have been stories, ballads and legends of faeries and their ability to connect with the nature on the planet and the nature of man. Though not always with the most desired of results, for as many stories as there are of faeries bringing messages of love and friendship there are also stories of t Whether we are aware of it or not faeries have, for as long as can be remembered, always played a part in the daily lives of men, women and especially children. For as far back as can be remembered there have been stories, ballads and legends of faeries and their ability to connect with the nature on the planet and the nature of man. Though not always with the most desired of results, for as many stories as there are of faeries bringing messages of love and friendship there are also stories of torment and death. It is perhaps the dualistic nature of these elusive beings that has drawn so many to them and their kind over the years. Within these pages the history, wisdom and playfulness of faeries can be explored, and hidden within each image beauty and inspiration are found. But whether your seeking wisdom, inspiration, or just a simplistic beauty in their existence, Fairies is a guide to the impossible made possible, the magic in wonder, and to a race of beings who, having always existed, are seen not through the eyes but through the heart and mind. Faeries, thirty years after the original, has been done up all new and golden, but there is more to this book then just a new cover. Inside this deluxe edition you will find more images, more stories and more faeries to take you deeper into the world of faery then you have ever been before. This magical book has so much to offer whether you are just curious about faeries, whether you are an avid faery lover, or whether you are seeking guidance from those elusive and captivating creatures. Not only a must for Brian Froud and Alan Lee fans but also for those with a passion for the faeries and for beautiful art.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book is, quite frankly, a masterpiece. There's just no other way for me to refer to it. It has become one of my most treasured possessions and I know for a fact I will come back to it many times over the years. The amazingly talented Brian Froud and Alan Lee give us a much closer and realistic look into the world of Faerie than what most people are used to from pop culture. The general public who aren't familiar with Faery lore tend to think about pretty girls with wings in dresses when they This book is, quite frankly, a masterpiece. There's just no other way for me to refer to it. It has become one of my most treasured possessions and I know for a fact I will come back to it many times over the years. The amazingly talented Brian Froud and Alan Lee give us a much closer and realistic look into the world of Faerie than what most people are used to from pop culture. The general public who aren't familiar with Faery lore tend to think about pretty girls with wings in dresses when they think about faeries. While this is in fact true in some cases, there is a whole world out there for you to explore when it comes to faeries... And trust me, this book doesn't sugarcoat any of it. You won't only find mind-blowingly gorgeous illustrations within these pages, but also detailed information about a huge variety of faeries; from their appearance to their behaviour and/or their lifestyles, short stories, myths and legends, even flora and trees that are relevant to the world of Faerie. And more. Much, much more. This book touches upon pretty much every single topic you could ever think of when it comes to faeries, and it manages to do it (in my opinion) in a rather objective way, making it a delight to read no matter what your personal views and beliefs are. As for me, I have believed in faeries ever since I can remember, so you can imagine how much this book means to me and how grateful I am for it. I tried my hardest not to finish it too fast (in fact I'm surprised it almost lasted me two days) but alas, all good things come to an end. On the bright side, I have yet to explore all of Mr. Froud's other works! Whether you actually believe in the little folk and the many habitants of the Other Realm or you're simply a mythology and folklore nerd, your library will never be complete without this beautiful book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yupa

    Questo non è un libro sulle fate. Questo è un libro con le fate dentro.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    Wonderful artwork, I've used it as a reference book. After reading this, I've been able to recognize a lot of different mythical creatures in other works that I would not have otherwise. For instance, Jenny Green Teeth shows up in Pratchett's The Wee Free Men and the Pooka in such movies as Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and the Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey. This is the book that influenced Jim Henson to recruit Froud's help with the movie The Dark Crystal. I didn't realize until very rece Wonderful artwork, I've used it as a reference book. After reading this, I've been able to recognize a lot of different mythical creatures in other works that I would not have otherwise. For instance, Jenny Green Teeth shows up in Pratchett's The Wee Free Men and the Pooka in such movies as Darby O'Gill and the Little People, and the Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey. This is the book that influenced Jim Henson to recruit Froud's help with the movie The Dark Crystal. I didn't realize until very recently that Alan Lee worked on this book as well. Alan Lee was one of the artists that Peter Jackson recruited to design sets for The Lord of the Rings movies.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Agy Wilson

    I have been in love with Brian Froud from his collaboration with Alan Lee. I spent long hours pouring over his book, and saw the clear influence (excitedly) on the movie Labyrinth, one of my all-time faves, along with Outside Over There. I'm grateful to this because at a young age I saw the interconnectivity of books and other creative endeavors because of it. Not so literal, but still having profound impact. My work is more fantastical but I think a real argument could be made of the influence I have been in love with Brian Froud from his collaboration with Alan Lee. I spent long hours pouring over his book, and saw the clear influence (excitedly) on the movie Labyrinth, one of my all-time faves, along with Outside Over There. I'm grateful to this because at a young age I saw the interconnectivity of books and other creative endeavors because of it. Not so literal, but still having profound impact. My work is more fantastical but I think a real argument could be made of the influence on my faerie Babies (can be seen on my Facebook page as well in my CafePress store Imagyne). If you love art, faeries, illustration, this is a great book to have, let alone experience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helix

    Found this book again today while my mother was clearing out stuff. My dad gave it to me when I was a child, and I'm absolutely delighted to have found it again because a lot of things stayed with me. This book both enchanted and terrified me. The art is gorgeous. The lore is fairly detailed. The writing style is easier to get into now that I'm an adult. I think this is one of those books where I'd keep for life. I don't think I'd ever have any children (definitely not biologically), but if I do Found this book again today while my mother was clearing out stuff. My dad gave it to me when I was a child, and I'm absolutely delighted to have found it again because a lot of things stayed with me. This book both enchanted and terrified me. The art is gorgeous. The lore is fairly detailed. The writing style is easier to get into now that I'm an adult. I think this is one of those books where I'd keep for life. I don't think I'd ever have any children (definitely not biologically), but if I do, I'll pass this one to them too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denice Garrou

    As a believer in the world of the Fae and Biti Foki I am so thankful for Brian and Wendy Froud. They pick up where my imagination leaves off and I have a huge imagination. They do not sugar coat the elemental realm; you get the light and dark side, as it should be. If you want to graduate from Tinkerbell to the meat and potatoes of the fae folk I suggest you become a Froud follower and fan. Denice Garrou Author of Dragonhorse and the Seeker of the Forgotten Knowledge

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I think I skimmed this book more than read it when my sister gave it to me when I was a kid, but the illustrations were terrific and I copied a lot of them in the afternoons after school when I first started to draw. I thought I had lost it but found it the other day, battered but still living.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    I never knew there were so many different names for faeries. This book is comprised of legends and folklore. The illustrations reminded me of something but I couldn't put my finger on it till I read some of the other reviews of this book. They mentioned that Brian Froud worked on The Dark Crystal, and that is when I knew why they looked so familiar. Fairies can turn on you at any moment, and they like to play jokes on human folks. So beware.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    "Die vielen kleinen Ärgernisse des Alltags werden selbstverständlich durch diverse Plagegeister verursacht. Bei verfilztem Menschenhaar und undurchdringlich verwirrten Pferdemähnen spricht man zutreffend auch von Elfenknoten." Jetzt weiß ich endlich, was morgens mit meinen paar Haaren los ist:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Whilst the other book I've read like this (Goblins!) might have been rather child-orientated and lack-lustre, this one definitely isn't. It has beautiful drawings that make me want to punch everyone around me for being so good, and the information is genuine folklore fact (if such a thing exists).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    No artist I know of reveals the personality of individual faeries while expressing his personal style so clearly as Brian Froud. He renders each detail with care and love; his devotion to his subjects shines through.

  16. 5 out of 5

    cEe beE

    The first time I saw the beautiful illustrations in this book, it was like the fairy world finally came alive. Brian Froud captured both the light and darkness of the magical and mysterious fey world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Putting this in no-fiction because it is a great source on these fantastic creatures & the artwork is wonderful. It's worth buying just to look at the pictures.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nomad

    This is kind of the classic book that really started the whole fantsy art genre. It has sold well and consistently every year since it's publication and there are often new anniversary editions that come out in hardback as the years go by. This wasn't the first book by Froud that I bought, but it's one of my favorites. You can really see the affection that he has for his subjects and the paintings have a certain rawness to them that later paintings do not have. I'm not saying his later work is ba This is kind of the classic book that really started the whole fantsy art genre. It has sold well and consistently every year since it's publication and there are often new anniversary editions that come out in hardback as the years go by. This wasn't the first book by Froud that I bought, but it's one of my favorites. You can really see the affection that he has for his subjects and the paintings have a certain rawness to them that later paintings do not have. I'm not saying his later work is bad mind you, just much more polished. This book gives you a bit of a look at an artists' work at the start of fully accepting his muse as it were. Very beautiful and well worth the money.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    This is a beautiful book! The artwork is exceptional and I could spend hours looking at the drawings. It is the definitave book on Faeries - all of the different types are named and defined as well as the different flowers and trees that are important to faerie lore. There are folk tales listed, poetry written about them, and notes from other author's stories. This is a must own volume for anyone interested in the subject.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrice

    This is a delightful book with amazing illustrations and explanations about Faeries. I enjoyed reading about all the different types of Faerie. Some I had heard of before like Brownies and Boggarts, and there were others that I had never heard of and found very interesting. It is a very readable book and some of the illustrations will take you breath away. It includes information gathered from some earlier works by other authors too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    This is still my favorite of all of Brian Froud's works. The artwork is amazing but I absolutely love the literary end of this book as well. I remember reading it for the first time in high school, when I was a freshman and I was fascinated with the names and the stories and the pictures. This book is amazing. I think it would appeal to children and adults alike.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Velvetea

    What a world they've created, these two fantasy geniuses... I read for the art more than anything~ this is the combined effort of two of my favorite and most admired illustrators!! Each page is inspiring, and so beautiful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Wood

    This is one of Brian Froud’s older book’s all done in black and white giving you that sketch pad feel. They are lovely pictures just the same. You can feel him grow as an artist if you collect his work as I have. I am a great lover of his work, he is an amazing artist.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    I believe that every story I've ever read about fairies, whether an epic fantasy or a modern urban one, has ties to the knowledge contained in this book. It's an indispensable source and an exquisitely interesting read! The watercolor art and sketches are phenomenal!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    I love the art of Brian Froud, he's one of my favourite artists, and his wife, Wendy, well... She has created the most beautiful dolls that I've ever seem!. This is a wonderful masterpiece. I've read it a lot of times and I never get tired of it!.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This book is fantastic. It’s kind of a history, kind of an encyclopedia, kind of a story time session with a local bard. It’s a magical and inspiring book, and I love it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danae T.

    A must-read if you like folklore, mythology, and of course, faeries.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LondonFog

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Practically another world (or even view) within our own world!

  29. 5 out of 5

    hannah renee.

    What a delightful book. It tells of various faerie folklore and is enhanced by enchanting illustrations (double points for it being partly Alan Lee). I especially loved the legend of O'Donoghue; such raptures! This line also in the forward (by Betty Ballantine): "...for faeries are themselves creatures of the raw stuff of life and are ceaselessly attracted to all forms of creativity and particularly to moments of high emotion in which they seek to be participants. Lovers, poets, artists, writers What a delightful book. It tells of various faerie folklore and is enhanced by enchanting illustrations (double points for it being partly Alan Lee). I especially loved the legend of O'Donoghue; such raptures! This line also in the forward (by Betty Ballantine): "...for faeries are themselves creatures of the raw stuff of life and are ceaselessly attracted to all forms of creativity and particularly to moments of high emotion in which they seek to be participants. Lovers, poets, artists, writers, sculptors, weavers, musicians and the like - all the arts, indeed, acknowledge a debt to an unidentifiable, invisible, capricious, sensitive, delicate, elusive and powerful force which is called 'inspiration', or 'Muse' and is generally irresistible when present. It is no coincidence that these are also the chief characteristics of Faerie." I declare, I must be part faerie myself! My mother did call me a "Little Elf" when I was born. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    My thoughts on this book are deeply mixed.  On the one hand, the paintings and drawing included here are immensely beautiful and often whimsical and imaginative, and that is something to be greatly appreciated.  That said, there are a lot of other hands to deal with, including the fact that the authors take the legends and debunked aspects of faerie all too seriously [1].  It is unclear exactly who this book is aimed at, as its analysis and discussion of fey creatures is both too detailed for th My thoughts on this book are deeply mixed.  On the one hand, the paintings and drawing included here are immensely beautiful and often whimsical and imaginative, and that is something to be greatly appreciated.  That said, there are a lot of other hands to deal with, including the fact that the authors take the legends and debunked aspects of faerie all too seriously [1].  It is unclear exactly who this book is aimed at, as its analysis and discussion of fey creatures is both too detailed for the casual reader and far too lacking in grounding in reality to appeal to those who have no belief in the legitimacy of the world discussed here or its mere existence.  The authors of this book have clearly done their research into the fey world, and their research into the myths of the Celts and Norse as well as classical Greco-Roman mythology concerning these creatures is of the kind that clearly enriches the writing of fantasy writers like J.K. Rowling as well as those who create role playing games after the fashion of Dungeons & Dragons.  Those who feel less positive about may view these achievements of research as ungodly study into the forbidden realms of demonology and spiritualism, though, and those are definitely some criticisms that I share regarding this book. The contents of this book are organized in a somewhat unusual way.  The author begins, as might be expected, with an introduction and a note on his use of the word faerie.  The author then goes an extended discussion of the use of the myths and legends and figures of faerie in the writings of serious authors ranging from Shakespeare (most notably in "A Midsummer Night's Dream) to Doyle.  These pages provide discussion of the fascinating and complicating cauldron from which writers have taken their representation of places of ambiguity and magic.  After this comes descriptions of various magical creatures, roughly organized by the location of myths, along with magical plants.  Those who read this book will be able to see how these fairy creatures have been used in other fictional portrayals, although for whatever reason the authors do not draw attention to the close connection between their writing and research and the world of Harry Potter, possibly because of concerns about lawsuits or a disbelief that the HP fanbase would be interested in a more extensive examination of obscure myths.   It should be noted that while I was impressed at the research of the authors and the depths they were willing to go in order to uncover information about various obscure as well as more familiar creatures of the fey world, there was much I found disturbing about this work that many potential readers would do well to note.  For one, as has already been discussed, this book has a positive view of the myths of the Celts and Norse and considers these myths to be real.  This is clearly a book written by people who find heathen religion to be appealing and attractive.  Specifically, the authors endorse a worldview in which there is space between good and evil, a space where mischief can be celebrated that is not under the rule and control of God, where there is autonomy for creatures who wish not to be labeled as belonging to the greater contrast between good and evil.  It should also be noted that many of the drawings show the influence of the artists drawing from male and especially female nudes.  Many of the fey creatures shown have the appearance of underclothed girls and young women, and that is something that may disturb many people as well.  Consider yourself therefore warned. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017...

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