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.
* 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.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: The final conclusion Anodos comes to in Fairyland.
* 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.
* TheVamp: The Maiden of the Alder-Tree.