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

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!! This story contains examples of:
* BeneathTheEarth: At one point, Anodos travels through a cavernous underworld home to goblin-like fairies.
* 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.
* FairyLand: The main setting of the story. Most of it seems to be covered in a [[TheLostWoods deep, enchanted wood full of magical creatures]], although deserts, seas and other areas are encountered. Overall, it seems to be composed and home of various mythical and folkloric locations and archetypes.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: 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: 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.
* 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: 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.
* PurpleProse: The prose is quite often ornate, but it doesn't detract from the pleasure derived from the perusal of the novel.
* ShadowArchetype: Appropriately enough, the Shadow is this to Anodos.
* TheVamp: The Maiden of the Alder-Tree.