A Dreamer's Tales

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A Dreamer's Tales
First edition
AuthorLord Dunsany
IllustratorSidney Sime
PublisherGeorge Allen & Sons
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Preceded byThe Sword of Welleran and Other Stories 
Followed byThe Book of Wonder 

A Dreamer's Tales is the fifth book by Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others. It was first published in hardcover by George Allen & Sons in September 1910, and has been reprinted a number of times since. Issued by the Modern Library in a combined edition with The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories as A Dreamer's Tales and Other Stories in 1917.

The book is actually Dunsany's fourth major work, as his preceding book, The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth (March 1910), was a chapbook reprinting a single story from his earlier collection The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories (October, 1908).

In common with most of Dunsany's early books, A Dreamer's Tales is a collection of fantasy short stories.


  • "Preface"
  • "Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean"
  • "Blagdaross"
  • "The Madness of Andelsprutz"
  • "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow"
  • "Bethmoora"
  • "Idle Days on the Yann"
  • "The Sword and the Idol"
  • "The Idle City"
  • "The Hashish Man"
  • "Poor Old Bill"
  • "The Beggars"
  • "Carcassonne"
  • "In Zaccarath"
  • "The Field"
  • "The Day of the Poll"
  • "The Unhappy Body"


Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean[edit]

In this story there is a mountain of which, if any man climbs, they never return; many have promised to come back after looking over the peak, but none have returned. There is one woman whose beauty is such that (in theory) a man would come back if promised her hand in marriage. So a man is sent to look over the mountain.


An interesting tale of several objects coming alive.

The Madness of Andelsprutz[edit]

A tale in which a man visits a city and engages in conversation with two men as to whether or not the city of Andelsprutz is dead or was never alive then one of the men tells a tale of the city and how all cities have souls; he knows because he saw Andelsprutz's soul and engaged in a conversation with her.

Where the Tides Ebb and Flow[edit]


  • Joshi, S. T. (1993). Lord Dunsany: a Bibliography / by S. T. Joshi and Darrell Schweitzer. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 3.

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