Ealdwood Stories

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Ealdwood Stories
Dreaming Tree omnibus

"The Dreamstone" (1979)
Ealdwood (1981)
The Dreamstone (1983)
The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983)

Author C. J. Cherryh
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Victor Gollancz, DAW Books
Published 1981–1983

The Ealdwood Stories, also known as the Arafel Stories, are a collection of fantasy works by American writer C. J. Cherryh. The books are works of high fantasy based in part on Celtic mythology. Arafel, a main character, is a Daoine Sidhe, the highest of the Sidhe faery-folk. She dwells in the magical small forest of Ealdwood, from which the tales take their name.



The Dreamstone (1983) and The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983) have been republished in several omnibuses, some with substantial revisions. Cherryh also wrote a new ending which she felt was more appropriate and satisfying than her previous efforts.

  • Arafel's Saga (1983, DAW)
  • Ealdwood (1991, Victor Gollancz) – includes revisions and a new ending
  • The Dreaming Tree (1997, DAW) – includes the revisions and new ending in the Ealdwood (1991) omnibus

"The Dreamstone" short story was later reprinted in The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh (2004).

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