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29th Sep '16 6:06:27 PM Theriocephalus
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A story by Creator/GeorgeMacdonald.

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A story novel by Creator/GeorgeMacdonald.
Creator/GeorgeMacdonald detailing the journeys of a man named Anodos through Fairy Land.



* BeneathTheEarth: At one point, Anodos travels through a cavernous underworld home to goblin-like fairies.



* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Mentioned.
* HeroicSacrifice: In Phantastes, a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartrending]] tale is related by the narrator about a man named Cosmo, who loves a princess imprisoned in a mirror, and to release her from her thrall, he shatters the mirror, but it ends up killing him, and he dies in the princess' arms.

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* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Mentioned.
One exists in the fairy palace containing books so well-written that reading them is effectively indistinguishable from living out the story they contain.
* HeroicSacrifice: In Phantastes, a A [[{{Tearjerker}} heartrending]] tale is related by the narrator about a man named Cosmo, who loves a princess imprisoned in a mirror, and to release her from her thrall, he shatters the mirror, but it ends up killing him, and he dies in the princess' arms.



* MyGreatestFailure: In ''Phantastes'', the knight in rusty armor atones for being taken in by the Alder-Tree by combating evildoers until every speck of rust is scraped off.
* PurpleProse: The prose in ''Phantastes'' is quite often ornate, but it doesn't detract from the pleasure derived from the perusal of the novel.
* ShadowArchetype: Appropriately enough, the Shadow in ''Phantastes'' is this to the protagonist.

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* TheLostWoods: This is what Fairy Land is like. There are some exceptions -- a desert, a rocky underworld, a sea and an area of farmland all appear -- but most of Fairy Land is covered in a deep, enchanted forest, teeming with [[TheFairFolk fairies]], spirits, and [[PlantPerson animated trees]].
* MyGreatestFailure: In ''Phantastes'', the The knight in rusty armor atones for being taken in by the Alder-Tree by combating evildoers until every speck of rust is scraped off.
* PlantPerson: Among the denizens of Fairy Land are the spirits of trees. Of those met, the Beech Tree is benevolent and loving, but the Ash Tree and the Alder Tree are dangerous and evil.
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PurpleProse: The prose in ''Phantastes'' is quite often ornate, but it doesn't detract from the pleasure derived from the perusal of the novel.
* ShadowArchetype: Appropriately enough, the Shadow in ''Phantastes'' is this to the protagonist.Anodos.
7th Sep '16 12:06:56 PM Malady
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* MyGreatestFailure: In ''Phantastes'', the knight in rusty armor atones for being taken in by the Alder-Tree by combating evildoers until every speck of rust is scraped off.
7th Sep '16 12:01:40 PM Malady
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Heroic Sacrifice: In Phantastes, a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartrending]] tale is related by the narrator about a man named Cosmo, who loves a princess imprisoned in a mirror, and to release her from her thrall, he shatters the mirror, but it ends up killing him, and he dies in the princess' arms.

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Heroic Sacrifice: * HeroicSacrifice: In Phantastes, a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartrending]] tale is related by the narrator about a man named Cosmo, who loves a princess imprisoned in a mirror, and to release her from her thrall, he shatters the mirror, but it ends up killing him, and he dies in the princess' arms.
7th Sep '16 12:01:24 PM Malady
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A story by Creator/GeorgeMacdonald.

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!! This story contains examples of:
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In one of the stories in Phantastes, Cosmo von Wehrstahl dies in the arms of the Princess von Honenweiess he has released from the mirror she has been enchanted in, but she finds him too late and cradles him as he dies in her arms.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Mentioned.
Heroic Sacrifice: In Phantastes, a [[{{Tearjerker}} heartrending]] tale is related by the narrator about a man named Cosmo, who loves a princess imprisoned in a mirror, and to release her from her thrall, he shatters the mirror, but it ends up killing him, and he dies in the princess' arms.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The final conclusion Anodos comes to in Fairyland.
* PurpleProse: The prose in ''Phantastes'' is quite often ornate, but it doesn't detract from the pleasure derived from the perusal of the novel.
* ShadowArchetype: Appropriately enough, the Shadow in ''Phantastes'' is this to the protagonist.
* TheVamp: The Maiden of the Alder-Tree.
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