The Princess and the Goblin Author:George MacDonald The Princess and the Goblin is an enchanting story, filled with such a variety of suspense and drama that it is understandable why its author, George MacDonald, calls it, not a fairy tale, but a goblin tale. It is also a clever blend of fantasy and realism and allegory which intrigue the adult and delight the child. And it contains enough magi... more »c and mystery, humor and horror and heroism and truth to satisfy the most imaginative reader.
The story concerns an eight-year-old princess, Irene, who lives with her nurse, Lootie, in a farmhouse-castle on the side of one of a range of mountains, atop which her father, the king, reigns in his castle, and beneath which the miners of the region toil and the wicked goblins hatch their wicked plots. There is a thirteen-year-old miner-boy hero who, after a series of exciting and dangerous adventures, foils the goblin, saves the princess, and is, in turn, saved by her. And there is, running like the thread she spins, magic in the saving of them all by the princess's great-great-great-grandmother, who gives the tale a fairylike allegorical quality.« less